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How Do You Like Your Apples?

Sweet, crisp apples can be paired with almost anything! Dip into peanut butter for a quick snack or toss in a salad for that perfectly sweet crunch.

More ways to enjoy apples:

10 Smoothies for Kids

Kids smoothiesAdapted from Vitamix

Incorporating veggies into the family diet in subtle ways can help expand the palate and cultivate a taste for vegetables. Smoothies use the natural sweetness of fruit as the perfect disguise. Pineapple, orange, and grapes are particularly good smoothie ingredients to marry with vegetables. Apples can offset greens with a slight “bite” such as spinach. Cucumber adds a crisp finish without taking center stage. Try these recipes for nutrition that looks as wonderful as it tastes.

  1. Beet, Strawberry, Cranberry Smoothie
    Bright, beautiful, and bursting with flavor.
  2. Fruit Salad Smoothie
    Carrot and cucumber go incognito in this delicious medley of fruit.
  3. Gold Medal Smoothie
    Fresh fruit and carrot create a winning combination. Add protein powder for sustained energy when you’re on the go.
  4. All Green Smoothie
    Broccoli and greens are tucked neatly behind the sweetness of grapes, pear, avocado, and pineapple juice.
  5. Everything Smoothie
    With carrot, broccoli, spinach, and six different fruits, this recipe lives up to its name.

For smoothies 6-10, visit the Vitamix website.

25 Days of Snacks – Day 15 – Christmas Tree Snack

christmas tree snackThis snack is perfect for children to get involved in creating.  Once the apples and cheese have been cut, assembly is child proof.  Their involvement in the preparation may increase acceptance of more fruits.

What is needed for this creation?!

A slice of yellow cheese (preferable low fat)
5 -7 small pretzel sticks
8 green apple slices
8 craisins or raisins

Directions

  1. Cut the cheese into triangles to make a star
  2. Arrange apples to form tree
  3. Arrange pretzel sticks for trunk
  4. Decorate tree with craisins or raisins
  5. Place cheese star on top
  6. Enjoy!

Kids in the Kitchen – Thanksgiving Edition

Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to have your kids cook along side you!  While you’re busy making Thanksgiving dinner, task them with one of these kid friendly recipes:

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Carrot and Pumpkin Turkey Snack  When kids are involved in making a dish, they’re more likely to taste (and like) it. They’ll have fun assembling this fun-to-eat dish, and they can nibble on it while the turkey is cooking. (It won’t spoil dinner, we promise!)

 

 

 

 

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Kids’ DIY Turkey Muffins – This is just as healthy and yummy as any pumpkin muffin—it’s just way more fun to make and eat!

 

 

Thanksgiving Apples Final

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Apples and Dip – This is a fun simple, and light appetizer to start off your Thanksgiving feasting.  Easy to prepare, can be done in advance, and fun for the kids.

 

 

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Turkey Pancakes – A simple Thanksgiving breakfast, that the kids will love. Use cookie cutters to make shapes and fruit to decorate.

 

 

 

 

 

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Turkey Fruit Platter – This fruit platter can be a healthy Thanksgiving snack for the kids or an alternative dessert with chocolate fondue.

 

 

 

 

Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving themed recipe for kids?  Share it with us, healthykidstoday@wphf.org

Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes

Now that it’s officially fall, we, along with our friends at OrganWise Guys, are so excited for seasonal baking to begin! What better way to start your weekend than with some whole wheat apple pancakes? We love that this recipe (featuring whole grains, which are a September Foods of the Month) keeps you full throughout the day and avoids typical unhealthy ingredients, like sugar and butter, that pancakes usually have. Make these tasty pancakes to OrganWise your whole family!

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After School Snack – Apple and Cheese Quesadilla

This apple and cheese quesadilla is an ideal after school snack.  It’s loaded with fruit, dairy, and whole grains to fuel you child’s brain plus it’s easy and quick to make.  A win for everyone!

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Warm Baked Apples with Fruit Filling

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