CHOP Grant Parent Newsletter
May 2018

For the month of May your children will be learning about the amazing beet. From how they taste (delicious), to how they grow, children will be given the opportunity to participate in many sensory activities. 


Fun Facts about Beets

  • There are many different kinds of beets including the red beet, golden (orange) beet and Chioggia beet (pronounced “Kyo-Jya”).

  • The Chioggia Beet has stripes and looks like a candy cane inside.

  • Beets are root vegetables that grow under the ground.

  • Beets are in the same family as spinach.

  • Beets can be eaten raw, cooked or roasted.

  • Beet greens are full of nutrients and can be cooked and eaten.


        Produce Tips

  • Store beets in the refrigerator.

  • Wash beets before eating or cooking.

    Involve Kids in Cooking

  • They can wash beets.

  • For the family recipe, kids can stir the salad ingredients together including the shredded beets.

  • If roasting beets, children can toss the beets with oil using a large spoon or clean hands.

Family Recipe

Cooking as a family is an amazing time to connect with your child/children. It's also a great time to discuss what they have been learning at school and create something delicious together. Remember to always have little ones wash their hands before they start cooking. When working with beets an apron and gloves can help reduce "mess," but are not required.
CHOP Cooking Tutorials
If you are new to beets, we have your back. Watch this short tutorial to learn how to roast beets. 

Other Beet Activities

  • Make a “beet garden” with your child.

    • Gather a paper plate, colored paper, scissors and glue (you can also use markers, crayons or colored pencils instead of colored paper).

    • With your child create a beet root (the red part) on the paper plate and paste or draw green strips to the plate as the beet greens.

  • Beet Sing-Along with your Child

    • To the tune of “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands” sing the following verses:

      • If you’re hungry and you know it, eat a beet!

      • If you’re hungry and you know it, eat a beet!

      • Beets are red, orange and striped; open wide and take a bite!

      • If you’re hungry and you know it, eat a beet!

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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Child and Adult Care Food Program
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO  80246

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