At child care, we include a variety of fruits at meals
and snacks. We serve fruits because they:
- Add color, texture, and favor to meals and snacks.
- Provide vitamins and minerals for your child’s growth and play.
- Provide fber to help prevent constipation.
- Help your child learn healthy eating habits.
Recipe: Baked Sweet Potatoes and Apples
Baking apples and sweet potatoes together creates a tasty side dish that both kids and adults enjoy. Braeburn, Gala, Honey Crisp, Jonagold, or Jonathan apples work well in this recipe.
Makes: 6 servings (1/2 cup)
Preparation Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ground
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled, ½-inch cubed
- 3 cups apples, peeled, cored, ½-inch cubed
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- ¼ cup orange juice
- Nonstick cooking spray
- Preheat over to 350 °F.
- Lightly coat a medium baking dish
(8-inch X 8-inch) with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar,
cinnamon, and salt.
- Toss sweet potatoes, apples, oil, and orange
juice in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
- Place the sweet potato and apple mixture in
the baking dish.
- Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes, or
until the sweet potatoes are tender.
- Serve ½ cup.
Try a Rainbow of Fruits
Encourage your child to try fruits of all different colors. There are fruits for every color of the rainbow.
- Red: strawberries, cherries, raspberries
- Orange: oranges, nectarines, peaches, cantaloupe
- Yellow: bananas, pineapples
- Green: kiwi, grapes, apples
- Blue & Purple: blueberries, plums, grapes