Healthy Children - January 2013


I am Moving, I am Learning
Nutritional Nugget

An important healthy eating message to teach young children is to Let Nature Nourish You. Help children to learn early to select and enjoy whole fresh foods. These are the best source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Parents can make fruits and vegetables fun. Try dressing up sandwiches with faces and smiles made from fruits and vegetables. Offer new fruits and vegetables in combination with old favorites to show your child a variety of smells, textures, and colors. Mix your favorite nuts with dried fruit such as cranberries or raisins for a homemade trail mix.

Healthy Recipe: Carrot Cake Cookies

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup applesauce or fruit puree
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup flour
1 1/2 cups finely grated carrots (about 3 large)
1 coup whole-wheat flour
1 cup raisins or golden raisins
1 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix sugars, oil, applesauce, eggs and vanilla thoroughly.
Stir dry ingredients together.
Blend dry ingredients into wet mixture. Stir in raisins and carrots.
Drop by teaspoonfuls on greased cookie sheet.
Bake 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
Store in airtight container.


Source: Oregon State Extension Service Duplicated with permission from Head Start Body Start