Healthy Children - November 2018

Colorful Fruits

At child care centers, we include a variety of fruits at meals and snacks. We serve fruits because:

  • Add color, texture, and flavor to meals and snacks.
  • Provide vitamins and minerals for your child’s growth and play.
  • Provide fiber to help prevent constipation.
  • Help your child learn healthy eating habits.

Recipe: Baked Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Baking apples and sweet potatoes together create 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 (½ cup)
Preparation time: 7 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes


  • 2 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Lightly coat a medium baking dish (8-inch x 8-inch) with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Toss sweet potatoes, apples, oil, and orange juice in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  5. Place the sweet potato and apple mixture in the baking dish.
  6. Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are tender.
  7. Serve ½ cup.