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3 Kid-Friendly Fruit and Vegetable Recipes

Welcome to the second week of Fruit and Vegetables-More Matters Month! This week I'm highlighting some of our favorite kid-friendly fruit and vegetable recipes. These top the list because they are healthy, they help kids make half their plate fruits and veggies, and they help teach kids cooking skills they’ll use for life. Wow!

Peanut Butter Banana Spirals

1/2 cup reduced-fat peanut butter
1/3 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt
1 tablespoon orange juice
2 ripe bananas, sliced
4 (8-inch) fat-free flour tortillas
2 tablespoons honey-crunch wheat germ
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine peanut butter and yogurt, stirring until smooth. Drizzle juice over bananas; toss gently to coat. Spread about 3 tablespoons peanut butter mixture over each tortilla, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Arrange about 1/3 cup banana slices in a single layer over peanut butter mixture. Combine wheat germ and cinnamon; sprinkle evenly over banana slices. Roll up. Slice each roll into 6 pieces.
Cooking Light  SEPTEMBER 2003 Healthy Kids’ Recipes and Meals

Sometimes all you need is a blender and some fruit - it’s so simple! Try the C-splosion Smoothie, which is chock full of 3 types of berries and orange juice. Or try the Blackberry Smoothie starring almond milk. There’s also a yummy hummus recipe that kids love!

Speaking of love, I love this quote in the downloadable magazine! “Buy your kids a Happy Meal and they’ll eat for a day, but teach them how to cook and they’ll eat forever.” -Jill Melton


1 cup orange juice
1 cup raspberries
1/4 blueberries
1 cup strawberries
2 cups ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in blender. Whirl. Slurp. Serves 2.
Relish for Kids Relish for Kids Recipes

How about Apple Slice Pancakes? A clever way to add fruit to the meal; or Bean Dip - Kids love to dip chips and veggies; The recipes are fun to make and you can choose the skill level of your little cooks.

Bean Dip

1 16-oz. can refried beans
1 10-oz. can tomatoes and green chiles
Raw veggies and corn chips

In a mixing bowl, combine refried beans and tomato mixture. Serve with veggies or chips.
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