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Watermelon Fruit Pizza

Updated: 8/2/18 A little sweet, a little tart, and definitely a cool and healthy treat!

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Watermelon Fruit Pizza

Servings:
2 Fruits
1 Dairy

Ingredients:
1 cup Watermelon, wedges
1 serving Plain, Non-Fat Yogurt
1/3 cup Blueberries (Can use Blackberries instead if desired)
1/4 cup Strawberries, sliced
Fresh Mint Leaves

Preparation:
Cut watermelon into wedges.  Top each wedge with plain, non-fat yogurt, strawberries, and blueberries.  Garnish each wedge with mint leaves.  Enjoy this healthy dessert!

Apples: The Back to School Fruit

As the Fall season approaches, and kids head back to school, it's time to stock up on apples!  Apples provide several health benefits and are a great addition when packing your child's lunch. Apples

3 Health Benefits of Apples:

1. Apples have high fiber content.  A medium apple contains about 4 grams of fiber, helping you feel full, promoting intestinal regularity, and helping to maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

2. Apples are rich in Vitamin C, an essential vitamin that helps the body create and maintain connective tissue.

3. Apples are high in antioxidants, contributing to decreased inflammation and reduced risk of cancer.  Apples contain a significant amount of an antioxidant called quercetin, which helps promote healthy lung function.

5 Ways to Incorporate Apples into Healthy School Lunches:

1. Make an "apple sandwich" by using apple slices as "bread" and filling the middle of two slices with peanut butter.  Try adding raisins.

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2. Add diced apples to tuna salad and wrap tuna mixture in a whole wheat pita to add some crunch to your child's sandwich.

3. Use a vegetable spiralizer to make apple "pasta" noodles.  Kids can turn the spiralizer handle and watch their fruit turn into pasta.  Use as a base for a fruit salad, or place spiralized apple into a container to be eaten like "noodles".

4. Kids love to dip!  Slice apples into thin "sticks" that can be used for dipping.  Pack peanut butter or yogurt to dip the apple sticks.

5. If simply adding apple slices to your child's lunchbox, cut up the apple, then reassemble it with a rubber band around it - to keep the apple slices from browning and fresh until lunchtime.

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC442131/

Creative Snacks for Kids

Try out these creative snack ideas for kids that are not only fun, but healthy too!   1. Cut fruit into fun shapes using cookie cutters - watermelon, pineapple, kiwi and cantaloupe work great!  Cookie cutters also work great with jello (use MWLC Cherry Jello Fiber to avoid sugary jello products from the store.)

2. Mold and position food into fun shapes and themes for children.  For example, create a "rainbow" using red, green, orange and yellow slices of bell pepper, with cauliflower florets to represent "clouds".  Use other fruits and vegetables to create animals, flowers, and other creative scenes for your kids.

3. Pour yogurt into ice cube molds (shaped molds can be found online) and freeze - kids will love the fun shapes in these easy frozen yogurt bites!

4. Kids love to dip!  Try dipping celery sticks into peanut butter, and Goldfish snacks, to create a 'Going Fishing' game.

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5.  Make kabobs!  Cut up fresh fruit - strawberries, melon, pineapple - and add the chunks to a skewer.  Dip skewers in yogurt.

6.  Create "fruit popsicles".  In a blender, mix seedless watermelon, strawberries and fresh lemon juice.  Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze until firm.  Enjoy!