Friday, March 7, 2014

What is on your plate?

Can you name the 5 food groups? The 5 food groups are as follows: Fruit group, vegetable group, protein group, grain group and dairy group. Each group is important in a balanced diet. Throughout National Nutrition Month we will be discussing the different food groups. Think about the foods that you eat at every meal and try to include a little bit of each group at each meal.

This week we will explore the fruit group. As babies the first taste that we enjoy is sweet and we have a natural tendency throughout life to enjoy sweet tasting fruit. Fruit provides us with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Each fruit varies from the next and it is important to eat a rainbow of color of fruit. Children should have at least 5 servings of fruit per day. A serving of fruit is considered: 1 cup chopped fresh fruit, 1 small apple, banana, orange, or ½ cup juice (limit to 1 time per week) or ½ cup dried fruit.

Here is a fruity challenge!
Where does your favorite fruit grow? Can you name where the following fruits grow?
Bananas, Mango, kiwi, orange, grapes, strawberries, watermelon.


Answer key: Bananas- tree, Mango- tree, kiwi- woody vine, orange-tree, grapes- vines, strawberries- plant, watermelon-vines.
Fruity Recipe of the week:
Fruit Kabobs with
Fluffy Fruit Dip
6 servings
Ingredients for dip:
1 cup fruit-flavored, low-fat yogurt...

1 cup fat-free whipped topping, thawed
1 teaspoon honey
Ingredients for kabobs:
6 to 8 pineapple chunks
6 to 8 whole strawberries
1 banana, cut into 1⁄2 chunks
6 to 8 red or green grapes
6 wooden skewers
1. In a small bowl, make dip by mixing together yogurt, whipped topping and honey.
2. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
3. Thread one piece of each fruit onto a skewer.
4. Repeat until the fruit is gone or skewers are full.
5. Serve with dip.
Variation: Use any of your kids’ favorite fruits.
Serving size: 1⁄6 of recipe
Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 64 Fat: 0.4 g Saturated fat: 0.2 g
Cholesterol: 1.9 mg Sodium: 26 mg Carbohydrates: 16.5 g
Fiber: 1.1 g Protein: 2.5 g
Recipe provided courtesy of Eat Right Press, from Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight for Kids and Teens by Jodie Shield, MEd, RD and
Mary Catherine Mullen, MS, RD. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, ©2012.
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