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By Kimberly Adler-Morelli

The Zing543210 project  has an easy-to-follow formula you can use to start living a healthier life.

Aim for these goals every day:

  • 5 servings of fruits and vegetables
  • 4 positive affirmations
  • 3 belly laughs
  • 2 hours or less of recreational screen time
  • 1 hour of outdoor activity
  • 0 sugar-sweetened beverages

A photo collage of a young family preparing a healthy meal.

Having trouble eating enough veggies? Or maybe your kids aren’t fans? Consider letting your children help in the kitchen. Cooking with kids teaches them to make healthy choices. And when they help prepare foods, they’re more likely to eat and enjoy them. Look for healthy recipes that are fun to assemble and include several types of vegetables.

Check off some veggie servings and join our Zing543210 challenge by showing us your spin on these garden stuffed potatoes (details below). You don’t have to cook with a child — it’s fun for adults, too!


  • 2 large russet baking potatoes
  • 1 to 2 green onions (the white and part of the green), finely chopped
  • ¼ cup nonfat or light sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon whipped butter or lower-fat margarine
  • Black pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon parsley flakes
  • ½ teaspoon Italian herb blend
  • ½ cup reduced fat, shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (or ¼ teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1 cup cooked, chopped vegetables such as broccoli florets, bell pepper, cauliflower, etc. — the more colorful, the better!

Instructions (all completed with adult supervision):

  1. Pierce potatoes with a fork and microwave or bake until tender. Meanwhile, combine the remaining ingredients (except vegetables).
  2. Cut potatoes in half and scoop out the center. Add the scooped-out potato and the vegetable pieces to the mixture then spoon into potato halves. 
  3. Microwave each half for about 1 minute or broil halves until lightly browned on top.

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If you complete our challenge and send us your name and address, we’ll send you a small reward for taking charge of your health. This is open to everyone — you don’t need to be a Geisinger patient to participate.

Send a photo of your completed dish to, or mail it to Zing543210 Challenge, 100 N. Academy Ave., Danville, PA 17822-4020.

You can also post images to Facebook and tag Geisinger. We might include your photo in a future edition of PA Health!

Delicious and nutritious garden stuffed potatoes are ready to eat.
Get this delicious (and nutritious) recipe for garden stuffed potatoes.

This story originally appeared in PA Health, our quarterly full-color magazine filled with wellness tips, inspiring stories and more.

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