Feed Your Kids a Rainbow
Serve 5 fruits and vegetables a day.
Did you know that ½ cup of dried fruit counts as one serving? This is because the loss of water during the drying process concentrates the calories and nutrients. Check the nutrition facts label for added sugar when buying dried fruit, as it is sometimes incorporated during processing.
Is your family looking to include more dried fruit, but currently limiting trips to the grocery store? Slice any fresh fruit you have on hand and dehydrate it in the oven. First, select your fruit – apples make for a fun treat. Wash and slice the apples and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Then, set the oven temperature to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake the apple slices for 3-4 hours, or until the water has evaporated. Allow to cool and before serving.