Saturday, July 6, 2013

Summer Treats - FRUIT

My daughter, Avery, is now 10 months old and LOVES her fruit.  Vegetables she does fine with but she absolutely loves any type of berry and now her favorite is grape chunks I cut up for her.  Introducing healthy foods to infants and children is one of the most important steps in establishing lifelong healthy eating choices.  Sometimes we do need to encourage children to eat healthy choices, especially when unhealthy, convenient choices are flooded in our environment.  Studies show that the consumption of fruit and vegetables increase when a dip is provided with a fruit or vegetables.  Midwest Dairy Council has a very tasty fruit dipper that I encourage you to try out and see if your kids eat more fruits.  Every now and then these easy recipes offer a fun way to eat fruits.  I hope you enjoy it!

Creamy Caramel Dip for Fruit
8 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel)
3/4 cup (about 3 scoops) unflavored or vanilla-flavored whey protein powder
1/2 cup fat-free plain yogurt
1/2 cup brown sugar (use less if desired to lower added sugar)
2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.  Serve immediately with your favorite fruits.

Makes 2 cups

170 calories, 12 g protein (including 8 g whey protein), 16 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 7 g fat, 4.5 g saturated fat, 200 mg sodium

Also contains: calcium

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