March 5, 2021

GOING GREEN ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY

   With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner are you looking for a quick green-colored snack for kids or adults? Go no further than the fresh fruit aisle. Fruits such as honeydew melon, kiwifruit and limes are good sources of vitamin C, a wonderful antioxidant that helps wound healing and keeps the gums and teeth healthy. Here are several options with green fruit such as honeydew, kiwi and green grapes!

Option One:

   Fruit Salad -This snack is super easy and quick to prepare. Simply cut-up your favorite fruits and place in fun cups or bowls. If you have young children, make sure to halve or quarter the grapes to reduce the choking hazard. Children can help cut soft fruit like kiwi and honeydew with a table knife.

Option Two:

   Fruit Parfait –Layer your chopped green fruit with either key lime or vanilla yogurt. You may consider topping with your favorite dry cereal or crunchy chopped nuts such as almonds, walnuts, or peanuts.

Option Three:

   Fruit Kabobs with Dip – Place small pieces of fruit on skewers. Use plastic straws for young children instead of wooden or metal skewers to avoid sharp ends. For dip use your favorite flavor of yogurt or even pistachio pudding.

Using Vegetables to Go Green:

   Greens such as kale, collard greens and spinach contain substances that are beneficial for eye health as well as some substances that may be protective for some cancers.  Sink your teeth into these good-for-you green vegetables: romaine lettuce, cabbage, kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, cucumber, peas, green pepper, zucchini, edamame and spinach. Don't forget that herbs are also nutritious greens and packed with antioxidants.

 Source:  http://food.unl.edu/fnh/greenfruitkid