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September 2020 Fun Fact

September 2020 Fun Fact

Nutrition & Wellness

Celebrate National Fruits & Veggies Month with these 5 kid-friendly ideas!

  1. Delicious Dippers
    Kids love to dip their foods. Whip up a quick dip for veggies with plain yogurt and seasonings such as herbs or garlic. Serve with raw vegetables like broccoli, carrots, or cauliflower. Fruit chunks go great with a yogurt and cinnamon or vanilla yogurt.
  2. Caterpillar Kabobs
    Assemble chunks of melon, apple, orange, and pear on skewers for a fruity kabob. For a raw veggie version, use vegetables like zucchini, cucumber, squash, sweet peppers, or tomatoes.
  3. Veggie Butterfly
    Start with carrot sticks or celery for the body. Attach wings made of thinly sliced apples with peanut butter and decorate with halved grapes or dried fruit.
  4. Frosty Fruits
    Frozen treats are bound to be popular in the warm months. Just put fresh fruits such as melon chunks in the freezer (rinse first). Make “popsicles” by inserting sticks into peeled bananas and freezing.
  5. Potato person
    Decorate half a baked potato. Use sliced cherry tomatoes, peas, and low-fat cheese on the potato to make a funny face.

Breastfeeding

Dear Daycare,
Breastfed infants are used to a lot of hugs and warm snuggles with their mothers. This can make them unsure of bottle feeding. Give these tips a try if you’re having trouble with baby taking a bottle…

  • Breast milk and bottle nipple should be warmed in hot water, swirled gently (never shaken), and always temperature tested before giving to infant.
  • Bottle nipple should be the slowest flow possible for as long as possible.
  • Wait for infant to make feeding cues like licking lips, sucking on hands, and turning head (rooting) to offer bottle. Do not wait for the baby to cry.
  • Try pace-feeding by letting baby draw the bottle nipple into the mouth on their own. Let baby suck for awhile then when baby slows down, remove bottle nipple until infant is ready to draw it back into their mouth. Let baby lead the feeding!
  • Try different positions when holding baby to bottle feed (facing away/ toward you).
  • Never prop the bottle! This can cause overfeeding, gas, and stress for infant!
  • Work with infant’s mother on feeding plan, amounts, and schedule to accommodate her pumping times while away from infant.

Featured Recipe

Strawberry & Rhubarb Yogurt Parfait

Ingredients:

  • Plain yogurt
  • Strawberries, sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • Rhubarb, cut into ¼-inch wide slices (*SD Veggie of the Month!)
  • Granola
  • Touch of honey
  • Lemon

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Toss the strawberry and rhubarb with a touch of honey and spread onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, tossing halfway, until fruit is tender and juicy.
  • Transfer the fruit and the juices to a bowl. Stir in the lemon juice.
  • Cool fruit mixture in fridge or add it warm to your yogurt and granola.

Sources: USDA Choose My Plate 10 Kid-Friendly Veggies & Fruits and recipe inspired by Cookie + Kate