Posts Tagged ‘eating healthy’

A Summer Breakfast Treat…Fruit Pizza

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Grandma Hattie decided to make a new breakfast treat for Willie and Nellie. They were bored with the same old cereal with fruit breakfast.

Grandma looked through a number of cookbooks and came up with a recipe that had all the things that Willie and Nellie like for breakfast…fruit, cream cheese and an English Muffin. It’s called Symphony of Fruit Pizza.

Here is the recipe in case you want to try it with your mom or another adult.

Symphony of Fruit Pizza

Preparation time: 10 minutes


1 English muffin

2 tablespoons whipped fat-free strawberry cream cheese

1/3 cup strawberries, sliced

¼ cup red grapes, quartered

¼ cup canned mandarin oranges, drained



Toast the English muffin until golden brown. Spread cream cheese on toasted muffin.

Arrange sliced strawberries, grapes, and orange slices on top of the cream cheese.

Slice into quarters and “yummy – fruit pizza!”

 Serves: 1
½ Cup of Fruit per Serving
Fruit and/or Veggie Color(s):
Red, Orange

 Nutrition Information per serving: calories: 228, total fat: 1.3g, saturated fat: 0g, % calories from fat: 5%, % calories from saturated fat: 0%, protein: 10g, carbohydrates: 46g, cholesterol: 5mg, dietary fiber: 4g, sodium: 374mg

Each serving of this breakfast treat provides An excellent source of vitamins A and C, and a good source of folate and fiber.

 Recipe is courtesy of Produce for Better Health Foundation and Shoney’s, Inc. This recipe meets PBH and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) nutrition standards that maintain fruits and vegetables as healthy foods.

Recipe from the Cool Fuel for Kids cookbook.


Bookworm Apple Bark

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Bookworm Apple Bark

The “Can Do” Kids Cooking Club members were busy making Bookworm Apple Bark, a healthy treat for snack time at the “Can Do” Community Center.

Lots of the kids who come to the center don’t eat enough fruit. So, the cooking club members decided to make a snack with fruits that had a name that would make kids want to eat it.  Bookworm Apple Bark, sound like a fun thing to eat, doesn’t it?

Some of the ladies from the senior club helped with the preparation by cutting the fruit and helping the “Can Do” Cooking Club members assemble the Bookworm Apple Bark snacks.

The “Can Dos” put them on trays and brought them around to all the kids attending programs at the center. The Bookworm Apple Barks were a great hit! The kids loved them.

If you would like to make Bookworm Apple Bark, here is the recipe.

Prep: 10 minutes


1 Granny Smith Apple
1 tablespoon peanut butter
2½  tablespoons golden or black raisins
1½  tablespoons dried sweetened cranberries

Directions: Be sure to get an adult to do the cutting !

Cut apple into four quarters, starting at the stem. Remove the core by cutting away to leave a flat surface on the apple quarter. Be careful not to cut too much of the edible portion of the apple away. Drop and slightly spread the peanut butter on apple quarters. Mix together the raisins and dried cranberries then sprinkle on peanut butter.

Serves: 1

Nutrition Information per Serving: calories: 272, total fat: 8.1g, saturated fat: 1.5g, % calories from fat: 25%, % calories from saturated fat: 5%, protein: 5g, carbohydrates: 50g, cholesterol: 0mg, dietary fiber: 6g, sodium: 79mg

Each serving provides:
  An excellent source of fiber and a good source of vitamin C.

Source: Recipe was developed for Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) by Chef Mark Goodwin, CEC, CNC.  This recipe meets PBH and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) nutrition standards that maintain fruits and vegetables as healthy foods.

Recipe from the Cool Fuel for Kids cookbook.



The Food Plate

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

When the “Can Do” kids entered class on Friday morning, they noticed there was a paper plate at each one of their places around the table. There were also crayons at each of their places, but, wait a minute, everyone got the same five colors of crayons!

Hector started smiling. Hmm, he thought, crafts the first thing in the morning….how cool is that? It was as if Teacher Pat read his mind. She smiled at Hector and the other “Can Do” kids and said, “Although it looks like an arts and crafts project, it is actually a very important lesson on what to eat and how much to eat to be healthy.”

plateMiss Pat waited until everyone was seated to give each “Can Do” a plate that had four different colored sections on it and a separate circle that had blue in the middle.

Then Miss Pat asked, “Does anyone know where this plate, this guide for good eating, comes from?” Well, of course Orrie knew and he shared with the class that this plate guide comes from the US Dept of Agriculture, which is sometimes called the USDA for short. He went on to share that the USDA had a whole site called and it explains all about what food belong in each section of the plate and in the blue circle.

The room grew quiet as the “Can Dos” first drew on their plates, then colored them in to match the colors on the example that Miss Pat had given each of them. They also colored in the small circle in blue. Then it was time to use a marker to fill in what belonged in each section they created and colored. Red was labeled fruits. The orange section was labeled grains. The green section was labeled vegetables, which made sense since so many veggies are green! The purple was labeled protein. Well that would take some explaining. The kids knew what fruits and vegetables look like. But, grains…well they were not quite sure about them. They didn’t have a clue what a protein looked like! Most of the “Can Dos” knew what would go in the dairy…things made with milk.

When everyone was finished she gave out a homework assignment. “Bring your plate and dairy circle home with you today. Ask a parent or other adult to to go with you to the USDA site at and get some ideas about what foods belong in each section of your plate and in the dairy circle. when you come back to school on Monday we can all share what we learned from going to the USDA site.

Why don’t you visit the USDA site with your family and discover what needs to be on your plate to grow healthy and strong?