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School is out and that means you will have hungry children looking for something to
snack on. Nutrition shouldn’t take a vacation just because school is out.
Nashville, Ark. – School is out and that means you will have hungry children looking
for something to snack on. Nutrition shouldn’t take a vacation just because school
is out. When kids get hungry, they should reach for nature’s fast foods – fruits and
Quick, convenient, nutritious and delicious, fruits and vegetables are
the perfect summer snack for hungry children and families on the go.
Snacking is a major pastime for many American children – so much so that
nearly one-fourth of a child’s daily energy intake comes from nibbling between meals.
Much of this nibbling is on prepackaged snack foods that are high in calories and
low in nutrients. The popularity of these empty treats may be one factor responsible
for the country’s childhood-obesity epidemic.
Providing healthy snack choices such as fruits and vegetables will help
your children learn to make healthy food choices in the future. Fruits and vegetables
provide several key nutrients including vitamins A and C, carbohydrates and fiber.
It is important that children meet a nutritional goal of four servings
of fruit each day and five servings of vegetables each day. Sounds like a lot, doesn’t
it? When you consider that a small orange or apple and ½ cup of fruit or vegetable
are considered a serving, it really isn’t that much.
Here are some tips that may help make snacking on fruits and vegetables
easier for you and your family:
When you think about it, it really is pretty easy to get all the fruit
and vegetables you need each day. If you would like some information on eating healthy
following MyPlate guidelines, contact the Howard County Extension Office at 870-845-7517
or visit our office located on the second floor of the courthouse. You can also check
us out on line at www.uaex.uada.edu or check out the website www.choosemyplate.gov to learn more about eating healthy fruits and vegetables. There are some pretty cool
games and activities that your child will enjoy on this website.
Here is a recipe that features fresh fruits! It is easy to make and tastes
Green – 2 kiwis (or 1 green apple, or 1 bunch green grapes)
Yellow – 1 cup apricot halves (or 1 banana)
Red – 1 cup strawberries (or 1 red apple)
Purple – 1 bunch purple grapes
¼ cup lime juice
¼ cup honey
2 Tablespoons coconut flakes, optional
Wash and drain all fruit before beginning to make the salad. Peel and cut the kiwis
and place in the large bowl. Measure the apricot halves and add to the kiwis. Peel
and section the orange and add to the kiwis and apricots. Slice the strawberries and
add to the other fruit. Stem the grapes and add to the fruit salad.
Squeeze the lime into a small bowl. Add the honey to the lime juice and
stir until the mixture is well blended. Add the lime juice mixture to the fruit salad
and mix until all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
Sprinkle salad with coconut or save the coconut until serving time to
sprinkle over individual servings. Serve in small bowls. Yield: 6 servings.
*Note: This salad can be made several hours in advance, but should be made at least
30 minutes before serving so that the flavors have time to blend.
By Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff Chair U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service 421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 firstname.lastname@example.org
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