Five for Kids is a 5 part class that teaches basic nutrition and cooking skills to kids

Hi, My name is Tamra Davis and I am a chef, filmmaker and a mom.

I am here to teach you a program called Five For Kids. It’s a simple nutrition and cooking class that will teach you some valuable cooking skills, basic nutrition facts and at the end of each class you get to eat some really delicious food!

The first reference to nutrition was by Hippocrates about 2500 years ago when he said “Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food”

I believe everything we put into our bodies has the ability to harm or heal us.

I started this program because I saw an incredible need in my community. All around me I read and see scary statistics about the present condition of young people.  1-3 children are reported to be obese. A child born after the year 2000 has a 1 in 3 chance of developing type 2 diabetes and if you look at the 5 top killers 4 of them are food related. Starting in 1970 Americans have been increasing their food intake by such an alarming rate that we are currently consuming more than 700 additional calories a day resulting in a 75% increase in obesity and obesity related diseases. The strain from the weight of all this is not only a burden on our health care but it is a burden on your own body.

What can we do? How can we take control of this? How can I inspire you to eat healthy and is it possible for me to teach you how make a bowl of spaghetti that is delicious and good for you?

I knew I had to do something to combat these alarming statistics when I hired a 16 year girl from my neighborhood to help me film something. She was a seemingly healthy girl but while she was assisting me she fell over and fainted. I asked her what was wrong and she told me she was on heart medication and had type 2 diabetes. When I started to ask her about what she ate she told me she eats only junk food. She said her parent’s work and so they do not cook at home, she eats only pre-made food and her normal breakfast consists of a bag of chips and a soda, sometimes she eats bacon in the cafeteria. I knew what the problem was. She was putting bad food into a perfectly good body!  She was also just recovering from a broken arm that she broke from simply carrying a bag of groceries. This happened because her bones were not developing properly.

I believe that if you are given the facts about why you need to eat a proper diet you will never let this happen to you.

Five for Kids is a program that will help teach you these facts and introduce you to many foods that you may have never tried before but I promise you, they will become some of your favorite things to eat.

Here’s a simple tip – Before you put something in your mouth ask yourself, what is this?

Can you identify or even pronounce the ingredients?

Does it come from a plant or was it made in a plant?


f you try to eat food as close to its origin as possible. You will immediately be on your way to a healthier way of eating. It actually is that easy

The first thing I want to teach you is the basic food pyramid.

I made it out of legos so you could really see how it works

If you think about what you eat in a day you should aspire to build a complete pyramid. The servings listed here are not just suggestions but requirements. That means that if you do not get the food in your body that your require you will not develop in the way you were designed to grow. But if you eat a healthy balanced diet you will be giving yourself the best advantage.

There are five food groups and each class in the Five program will focus on one of these groups.

The base of the food pyramid is Fruits and Vegetables. The USDA requirement for a young person is 4-5 servings a day. A serving is about the size of your palm.

Fruits and vegetables are filled with vitamins and minerals

Vitamins and minerals not only make you healthy and smart they also help to reduce inflammation in your body. Inflammation is the root of almost all diseases.

Here are the recipes that we will learn today that have Fruits and Vegetables as the main attraction

A Fruit Smoothie – Throw these main ingredients into your blender and start your day with a large portion of delicious fruits and a probiotic yogurt to help maintain a healthy digestive system.

Any Vegetable Soup – This soup can be made with almost any vegetable. You’ll learn how to sauté an onion, then boil a vegetable to make it soft enough to put in a blender with some broth and make a fantastic tasting soup.

Guacamole and pita chips – Avocados are filled with delicious oils that are good for you. You’ll learn how to start with a salsa and turn it into to a tasty guacamole that can be served when you have friends over or just want to have some for yourself. Also these pita chips are the bomb! Simple and inexpensive.

Fruit Crumble  – Take a fruit, chop it up and spread this delicious cookie like topping on and bake it. You will be the hero in your home if you make this for dessert or a special occasion.

Fried Bananas ala mode – You will learn the simple technique of “dredging” in flour and then frying, which creates a lovely crispy exterior and the banana when cooked releases it’s gooey sugars. You won’t believe it’s just a banana.

Are you hungry yet???

Wait! Before you start to cook I want you to

1. Make sure and read the entire recipe. From beginning to end.

2. Be very careful when you handle knives or if you are cooking with heat

3. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. You may invent a whole new recipe

So grab your recipe, read it out loud all the way through then come up here and gather your ingredients and LET”S MAKE SOMETHING GOOD TO EAT!

I try and make a smoothie for my kids every morning. I find it a delicious way to get some fresh fruit into their diet. I change it up every day using different fruits, juices or sometimes I use milk instead of juice and add a little vanilla to make it a “milkshake”. I especially love to add a little chunk of ginger. Ginger has great medicinal qualities and I am sure it was helpful in keeping the kids cold free this whole winter. The other thing I love about making a smoothie is that I can make sure they are eating a banana a day. Banana’s are a great source of Magnesium, which is an essential mineral. I also have taken to adding a bit of Greek non-fat yogurt. Yogurt provides probiotics which will help make a healthy stomach environment, it is also a great source of Calcium.

This recipe for Vegetable Soup can be made with so many different vegetables. Depending upon what is in season, you can substitute Broccoli, Celery, Zucchini, Squash…go on and experiment!


Stay tuned for next week – Grains!!!!

78 Responses to “Five For Kids- Fruits and Vegetables”

  1. tamra says:

    hi, i am seeing if this works to make a comment? xotamra

  2. Branca says:

    Tamra, these are great, easy recipes. I’m definitely going to make them at home. The kids are super lucky to get to cook with you and take the recipes home to their families. All the best. B.

  3. jjMichael says:

    I shouldn’t be surprizing so hard at that.

  4. I really enjoy your site. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Cristina says:

    Tamra, from Spain, thank for your easy and healthy recipes.Here we have the same problem to put fruit and vegetables into childrend’s daily meals. Cristina

  6. tarif says:

    thanks..…delicious..iam going to prepare it soon..

  7. greetings there, i just came across your site listed on google, and i must say that you compose exceptionally good on your site. i am very motivated by the method that you express yourself, and the message is outstanding. anyways, i would also love to acknowledge whether you would love to exchange links with my web portal? i will be certainly more than happy to reciprocate and drop your link on in the link exchange area. anticipating for your respond, thanks and gooday!

  8. I always learn something new

  9. Thanks for the post, looking good

  10. I admire what you may did here. I enjoy the area where you point out you do this to offer back still I would guess just by all the feedback this is working for you too.

  11. Yung Dunivan says:

    Brilliant post, nicely done. And thanks for mentioning all that info – you have introduced to me to three new blogs and I love them all! Cheers :)

  12. I Like this site your article is very nice, very interesting article,and very good information overall:)

  13. p90x workout says:

    Good page you have here! Thanks for sharing

  14. p90x says:

    Great post, I think I can actually use this.

  15. The theme of your blog is very good to me

  16. I have to say, you picked your words well. The insights you wrote on your understanding are well placed. This is a superb blog!

  17. Emily says:

    Brilliant post, nicely done. And thanks for mentioning all that info – you have introduced to me to three new blogs and I love them all! Cheers :)

  18. Interesting read, perhaps the best article iv’e browse today. We learn everyday cheers to you!

  19. Eduarda says:

    Ei, Muito bom seu blog… Já adicionei em meus favoritos! Quando quiser passa no meu blog :

  20. Leif Kreuzer says:

    hi,good apple in your post,I love thatelegantapple,I need to find one for me,jane

  21. Great post, thanks for sharing it very much!

  22. Well, I just want to let you know I like your site.

  23. Wow this is a great resource.. I’m enjoying it.. good article

  24. Watches says:

    Good collection of work & excellent site!

  25. dress shoes says:

    hey friend… i think your site is very interisting for me….. your site give me some important information.. thanks a lot!

  26. Wow so nice! I like this site.Keep it working every day :)

  27. Keep posting stuff like this i really like it, Good job My friend ;)

  28. I Found your site on delicious today and really liked it.. i bookmarked it and will be back to check it out some more later:)

  29. Kenda Babin says:

    Good Story!! Thanks for your article. It’s very useful.

  30. GooxiaTaiff says:

    I found your blog on google.I would like to offer my site: Acai Berry Reviews

  31. A great site with wonderful support for the creative people.keep it up!Btw, I really like your blog.

  32. This is such a fantastic resource that you’re providing. I enjoy seeing sites that understand the value of providing a prime resource for free. I truly loved reading your post. Thanks!

  33. Your website is getting more visitors because of sites like Twitter and additional social media. Thanks for the awesome article revisit for updates.

  34. I really enjoy your blog. Could let me know how I can go about subscribing with it? By the way I stumbled upon your blog through Aol.

  35. I like your blog, which I benefit.

  36. Lasik says:

    Gratulations man, radio chicago talked about your blog on 8 pm. Header was your blogpost Five For Kids- Fruits and Vegetables » Five For Kids. Great work. cheerio

  37. You had some nice points here. I done a research on the topic and got most peoples will agree with your blog.

  38. Hi. I wanted to drop you a quick note to express my thanks. I’ve been following your blog for a month or so and have picked up a ton of good information as well as enjoyed the way you’ve structured your site. I am attempting to run my own blog but I think its too general and I want to focus more on smaller topics. Being all things to all people is not all that its cracked up to be.

  39. This is very moving work you have written for us. Some people need to know that these things can ensue to anyone. You have given me a better position now

  40. i am writting to you just to let you know that i have got my website. They are lovely, but I will never be able to afford one,And if I could afford one, it would be the Cupcake, that was the best.

  41. I recently read on CNN health about a similar condition which could arise as one of the side affects of obesity. What are your thoughts? In fact, ever think about writing an article about obesity in america? I’d love to read it!

  42. ugg says:

    Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts.Any way Ill be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon

  43. buy links says:

    I’m impressed!!! Really informative blog post here my friend. I just wanted to comment & say keep up the quality work. I’ve bookmarked your blog just now and I’ll be back to read more in the future my friend! Also nice colors on the layout, it’s really easy on the eyes.

  44. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I¡¯ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  45. ellaone says:

    Thx for this great information that you are shareing with us

  46. This really is what I have been searching all day long. I should have discovered your blog post sooner.

  47. Thank you very much for posting such a nice, it works really very well…! This post is both amusing and scary.Oh,I must differ with you. Can you give me some good advice you this convenient!

  48. Superb information. Wish I could get more info like this by others! Thanks!

  49. I usually don’t usually post on many another Blogs, still I just has to say thank you… keep up the amazing work. Ok regrettably its time to get to school.

Leave a Reply