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25 Days of Snacks – Day 2 – Fruit Christmas Tree

xmas-fruit-treeWe think this Fruit Christmas Tree from Fitness Life is a great healthy item to send in for your child’s classroom holiday party or even to have at your own holiday party.  It serves two purposes, decoration and a snack!

Instructions:

  1. Gather the fruit you would like for your tree.  In this picture, there is kiwi, strawberries, cantaloupe, green grapes, red grapes, and blackberries.  We think raspberries and a starfruit would make great additions.
  2. Cut off the top of an apple (see picture).  Insert a medium sized carrot into the apple.
  3. Place tooth picks into the apple to hold the fruit.  Be careful not to place them too close together.
  4. Start placing your fruit on the tree.  There is not right or wrong way to do this.  It’s whatever you think looks nice and tasty.
  5. For the star, either cut a star shape out of the cantaloupe or use a slice from a starfruit.

This is an excellent project for your child to help you with.  Give them the fruit and let them decorate to their heart’s desire.  We bet they’ll be just as eager to eat the tree as they are to decorate it.

Learn About Vitamin C

Vitamin C

Vitamin C has a history of being touted for its immune system-boosting properties. Besides citrus fruits, the vitamin also is found in tomatoes, strawberries, potatoes, red and green bell peppers, kiwi, Brussels sprouts and broccoli

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says vitamin C:

  • Helps grow and repair bodily tissues.
  • Promotes healthy bones, teeth, skin and cartilage.
  • May help protect against some types of cancer and heart disease.
  • May help reduce cartilage loss associated with osteoarthritis.
  • May help reduce the duration of cold symptoms.
  • Vitamin C Foods, Signs of Deficiency & Health Benefits

 

The Recommended Dietary Allowance (or RDA) for vitamins reflects how much of each vitamin most people should get each day. The RDA for vitamin C (measured in milligrams per day) is as follows:

For infants:

  • 0 – 6 months: 40 mg/day
  • 7 – 12 months: 50 mg/day

For children:

  • 1 – 3 years: 15 mg/day
  • 4 – 8 years: 25 mg/day
  • 9-13 years: 45 mg/day

For adolescents:

  • Girls 14 – 18 years: 65 mg/day
  • Pregnant teens: 80 mg/day
  • Breastfeeding teens: 115 mg/day
  • Boys 14 – 18 years: 75 mg/day

Fruit Tasting at Audubon Park Elementary

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On Thursday, January 14, Audubon Park Elementary students participated in the school’s first ever fruit tasting. As expected, it was a huge success.  Students who don’t typically eat fruit were eagerly tasting one of the eight fruits available to sample — star fruit, cara cara navel orages, oranges, kiwis, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and grapefruit. As students were tasting fruit, members of the healthy school team asked questions to find out about their experience and their favorite fruits. The top 3 favorites were oranges, star fruit and kiwi.

Congratulations to Audubon Park Elementary for a successful tasting!

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