These CARE Connection lessons, created by the National Food Service Management Institute, are quickie tutorials to give some easy takeaway information regarding child nutrition. One of these is about Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition and how to vary them with the children in your care.
My favorite part of it is the idea to serve different colors at different meals during the day. This enables you to serve the variety of Vitamin A and C via vegetables and fruit while keeping it interesting for the children! Some examples are:
Yellow: Bananas, Apples and Fruit Cocktail
Orange: Apricots, Cantaloupe, and Carrots
Red: Apples and Pink Grapefruit
White: Applesauce, Jicama and Onions
Blue/Purple: Blueberries and Dried Cranberries
Green: Apples, Brocoli, Celery
You can find the chart and the rest of the lesson which gives a thorough breakdown of what kinds of Vegetables and Fruits contain Vitamin A or Vitamin C Here or on the National Food Service Management Institute's website http://www.nfsmi.org/.
Do you have a lesson plan in mind to go along with this for the children? If so, let us know, we would love to here it.