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Mar 28

Fruit of the Day: Strawberries

Is it spring yet!!?? Can’t wait for these antioxidant-filled berries to start growing in my garden. Why they’re fabulous: A burst of sweetness plus fiber, anthocyanins and vitamin C. Add to snacks, smoothies, and salad. Healthy Recipe: Strawberry-Kiwi Fruit Leather  

Mar 26

Veggie of the Day: Go Green

Feeling like mixing things up on a friday! Fruit smoothies are an easy sell but don’t count out those leafy greens. Pair up fruits and veggies in this power drink! Go Green Shake Serves: 1 1/2 banana, chopped 1 kiwi, chopped ½ cup kale ½ granny smith apple ¼ cup white grape juice ¼ avocado, diced Ice Place ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Nutrition Info Per Serving…

Mar 23

Fruit of the Day: Mango

  Quite possibly my kids’ all-time favorite fruit! Why it’s fabulous: Juicy tropical flavor filled with nutrients including folate, potassium, and vitamins A, B6 and C! Healthy recipes: Mango Fruit Leather and Lemon, Black Pepper and Mango Salsa (pictured above – recipe and photo courtesy National Mango Board)

Mar 21

Fruit of the Day: Grapes

Literally bursting with juicy flavor – who doesn’t love grapes?! Why they’re fabulous: Fresh or dried – grapes and raisins offer naturally sweet flavor plus vitamins and iron. Healthy recipe: Grape Salsa (fresh from First Bites: Superfoods for Babies and Toddlers) Grape Salsa This fresh and fun fruit salsa is perfect for little fingers to eat out of a bowl, on toast, or with cinnamon pita chips. It is packed…

Mar 17

Fruit of the Day: Cranberries

I just love the sweet-tart goodness of these vibrant berries! Why they’re fabulous: Filled with fiber, vitamin C, and other antioxidants – choose from fresh, frozen, or dried to get more of this true superfood. Healthy recipes: Cranberry-Chia Jam (via Healthyeats.com) or a delectable Cranberry & Cilantro Quinoa Salad (recipe below)   CRANBERRY & CILANTRO QUINOA SALADYield: 8 servingsIngredients2 cups water Pinch of salt 1 cup quinoa, rinsed 1 cup…

Mar 12

Fruit of the Day: Cherries

Fresh or frozen, they are magically delicious. Add to smoothies, salads or desserts – see below for an amazingly simple chia pudding recipe. Why they’re fabulous: Sweet or sour cherries are bursting with fiber, vitamins, and the same antioxidants found in berries called anthocyanins. Healthy Recipe: Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding

Mar 09

Fruit of the Day: Watermelon

Dreaming of summer …… Why it’s fabulous: A terrific way to get your daily dose of vitamin A, plus some of the antioxidant lycopene (that’s right, it’s not only found in tomatoes). Healthy recipes: Salsa, salads (with feta!), juices and homemade slushies.    

Mar 06

Fruit of the Day: Currants

Fresh or dried – you need more currants in your life. Why they’re fabulous: Lots of antioxidants, plus an unmistakable sweet-tart punch. These beauty berries make vibrant jam, sauce, or addition to a salad. Healthy Recipe: Red Currant Sauce (via @HealthyEats)  

Mar 03

Fruit of the Day: Apples

Did you know you can still find local apples in Connecticut during a snowy winter? If properly stored and temperature controlled, apples can remain sweet and delicious all winter long. Why it’s fabulous: A great choice for fiber, vitamin C, and numerous antioxidants. Crunching into an apple is a simply perfect snack for kids and adults. Healthy Recipe: Carrot-Apple Muffins


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Fruit of the Day: Strawberries
Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Strawberry Kiwi Fruit Leather

Is it spring yet!!?? Can’t wait for these antioxidant-filled berries to start growing in my garden.

Why they’re fabulous: A burst of sweetness plus fiber, anthocyanins and vitamin C. Add to snacks, smoothies, and salad.

Healthy Recipe: Strawberry-Kiwi Fruit Leather

 

Posted by Dana White  /  Filed under Fruit of the Day, Nutrition Month  /  Comments: 1



Veggie of the Day: Go Green
Thursday, March 26th, 2015

green smoothie 1

Feeling like mixing things up on a friday! Fruit smoothies are an easy sell but don’t count out those leafy greens. Pair up fruits and veggies in this power drink!

Go Green Shake
Serves: 1

1/2 banana, chopped
1 kiwi, chopped
½ cup kale
½ granny smith apple
¼ cup white grape juice
¼ avocado, diced

Ice

Place ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Nutrition Info Per Serving
Calories: 250
Total Fat:  6 grams
Saturated Fat: 1 grams
Total Carbohydrate: 50 grams
Sugars: 31 grams
Protein: 4 grams
Sodium:  27 milligrams
Cholesterol:  0  milligrams
Fiber:  9 grams

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Fruit of the Day: Mango
Monday, March 23rd, 2015

 

Lemon, Black Pepper and Mango Salsa 3

Quite possibly my kids’ all-time favorite fruit!

Why it’s fabulous: Juicy tropical flavor filled with nutrients including folate, potassium, and vitamins A, B6 and C!

Healthy recipes: Mango Fruit Leather and Lemon, Black Pepper and Mango Salsa (pictured above – recipe and photo courtesy National Mango Board)

Posted by Dana White  /  Filed under Fruit of the Day, Nutrition Month  /  Comments: 0



Fruit of the Day: Grapes
Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Grapes 2

Literally bursting with juicy flavor – who doesn’t love grapes?!

Why they’re fabulous: Fresh or dried – grapes and raisins offer naturally sweet flavor plus vitamins and iron.

Healthy recipe: Grape Salsa (fresh from First Bites: Superfoods for Babies and Toddlers)

Grape Salsa

This fresh and fun fruit salsa is perfect for little fingers to eat out of a bowl, on toast, or with cinnamon pita chips. It is packed with manganese for healthy bones and vitamin C for antioxidant power, plus sweet and fruity flavors that kids love. Whole grapes are a no-no for little ones, so half or quarter them to avoid the choking hazard.


1 cup red seedless grapes, quartered

1/2 cup chopped fresh pineapple

1/2 cup chopped fresh melon

1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped

1/2 small banana, sliced and quartered

Juice from 1/2 a lime

Combine ingredients in a large bowl and toss to combine. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to 2 days.


•Yield: 2 3/4 cups

Nutrition information per 1/4 Cup: Calories: 24, Total Fat: 0 grams, Saturated Fat: 0 grams, Carbohydrate: 6 grams, Sugars: 5 grams, Protein: 0 grams, Sodium: 1 milligram, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams, Fiber: 1 gram, Vitamin D: 0 IU, Calcium: 5 milligrams, Iron: 0.2 milligrams

 

Excerpted from First Bites: Superfoods for Babies and Toddlers by Dana Angelo White. © 2015 by Dana Angelo White. A Perigee Book, Penguin Group USA, A Penguin Random House Company.

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Fruit of the Day: Cranberries
Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

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I just love the sweet-tart goodness of these vibrant berries!

Why they’re fabulous: Filled with fiber, vitamin C, and other antioxidants – choose from fresh, frozen, or dried to get more of this true superfood.

Healthy recipes: Cranberry-Chia Jam (via Healthyeats.com) or a delectable Cranberry & Cilantro Quinoa Salad (recipe below)

 

Cranberry & Cilantro Quinoa Salad in Bowl

CRANBERRY & CILANTRO QUINOA SALAD
Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients
2 cups water Pinch of salt 1 cup quinoa, rinsed 1 cup dried cranberries 1⁄2 cup minced carrots 1⁄2 cup chopped red bell pepper 1⁄2 cup chopped yellow bell pepper 3 Tbsp. finely chopped red onion 3 Tbsp. minced fresh cilantro 3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil 1⁄4 tsp. salt Pinch ground red pepper

Directions
1.    In a small sauce pan, bring water and pinch of salt to a boil over high heat; stir in quinoa, reduce heat and bring to a low simmer. Cover pot and cook until all liquid is absorbed (about 13 minutes).
2.    Remove from heat and transfer to a medium bowl. Cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
3.    To the bowl of quinoa, stir in cranberries, carrots, red and yellow peppers, red onion and cilantro until mixed.
4.    In a small bowl, mix together lime juice, oil, salt and ground red pepper and pour over quinoa- cranberry mixture; toss to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Does not have to be served cold.


Nutrition Information Per Serving: Calories 150, Calories from Fat 30, Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g, Total Fat 3.5g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 115mg, Total Carbohydrate 29g, Sugars 11g, Dietary Fiber 3g, Protein 3g, Vitamin A 40%, Vitamin C 45%, Calcium 2%, Iron 6%

 

Recipe and photos courtesy of the Cranberry Marketing Committee

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Fruit of the Day: Cherries
Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Cherries 2

Fresh or frozen, they are magically delicious. Add to smoothies, salads or desserts – see below for an amazingly simple chia pudding recipe.

Why they’re fabulous: Sweet or sour cherries are bursting with fiber, vitamins, and the same antioxidants found in berries called anthocyanins.

Healthy Recipe: Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding

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Fruit of the Day: Watermelon
Monday, March 9th, 2015

Watermelon

Dreaming of summer ……

Why it’s fabulous: A terrific way to get your daily dose of vitamin A, plus some of the antioxidant lycopene (that’s right, it’s not only found in tomatoes).

Healthy recipes: Salsa, salads (with feta!), juices and homemade slushies.

 

 

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Fruit of the Day: Currants
Friday, March 6th, 2015

Currants 2

Fresh or dried – you need more currants in your life.

Why they’re fabulous: Lots of antioxidants, plus an unmistakable sweet-tart punch. These beauty berries make vibrant jam, sauce, or addition to a salad.

Healthy Recipe: Red Currant Sauce (via @HealthyEats)

 

Posted by Dana White  /  Filed under Fruit of the Day, Nutrition Month  /  Comments: 0



Fruit of the Day: Apples
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Ginger Gold

Did you know you can still find local apples in Connecticut during a snowy winter? If properly stored and temperature controlled, apples can remain sweet and delicious all winter long.

Why it’s fabulous: A great choice for fiber, vitamin C, and numerous antioxidants. Crunching into an apple is a simply perfect snack for kids and adults.

Healthy Recipe: Carrot-Apple Muffins

Posted by Dana White  /  Filed under Fruit of the Day, Nutrition Month  /  Comments: 0



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