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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #28 -- Celebrate Turn Off Your TV Week & Discover Grapes!
April 19, 2006


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Kindy's Musings....

Spring Break is in the air and with it comes the celebration in April as Month of the Young Child and Turn Off Your TV Week (April 22 thru 28)!

Challenge your family to get a new family health habit and turn off the tv over spring break....write and let me know how your family handled this challenge, I'll share your story in my newsletter musings next week!

This week, we are talking about grapes --there’s every reason in the world to eat fruit – health, taste, and beautiful colors.

By eating a rainbow of fruits (and veggies), you’ll get a healthy dose of all the phytonutrients you need to fight disease and stay strong!

1. Eat RED fruit…like strawberries, raspberries, cherries, watermelon and ruby grapefruit which contain lycopene – a cancer-fighting plant nutrient.

2. Eat WHITE fruit…like bananas, apples, and pears which offer nutrients your body craves: potassium and more fiber.

3. Eat BLUE fruit…like blueberries – one of the best sources of disease-fighting antioxidants.

4. Eat GREEN fruit…like green grapes, honeydew melon, and kiwis. These fruits are high in vitamin C and they also provide potassium and fiber.

5. Eat ORANGE fruit… like oranges, apricots, peaches, and cantaloupes.


Try the easy recipe below:

RECIPE OF THE WEEK

WALDORF DELUXE

Prep time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

A cross between a fruit and a vegetable salad, Waldorf salad can be a first or second course for dinner. It also makes a good lunch entrée. Serve it on a bed of crispy lettuce, with thick slices of whole wheat bread.

3 medium-sized tart apples, in chunks

2-3 TBS lemon juice

1 stalk celery, minced

1 to 2 cups seedless grapes, whole or halved

1 cup diced cheddar cheese

¼ cup (packed) minced dates

¾ cup chopped toasted pecans

Dressing:

1 cup yogurt

¼ cup mayonnaise

½ cup orange juice

½ tsp grated orange rind

Combine salad ingredients. Whisk together dressing ingredients. Combine everything and mix well.

Source: Moosewood Cookbook, by Mollie Katzen


FOOD FOCUS

Grapes

The grape is one of the oldest and most widely distributed fruits in the world, dating back thousands of years to the earliest of civilizations.

Grapes grow in bunches, each of which contains from 6 to 300 grapes. When buying, choose grapes that are evenly colored, avoid grapes that are whitened at the stem end, as they probably aren’t fresh.

Grapes should always be washed carefully before eating. Grapes are delicious fresh, cooked, dried, and in a juice form (whether fresh or fermented).

A table oil can be extracted from the seeds of the grapes and some grape leaves are edible. Grapes will keep for several days in the refrigerator if wrapped in a paper towel and placed in a perforated plastic bag.

The grape is a good source of potassium and contains vitamin C, thiamine, and vitamin B6.

Grapes are credited as an energy food, a laxative, and an aid in digestion.



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Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Kindy --Your Family Dietitian


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