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A Guide to Summer Food – Fruits and Vegetables

Three of my favorite things – summer, fruits and vegetables!  Check out this handy guide for summers’s best produce.

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Hydrating Fruits and Vegetables

With summer right around the corner it is important for you and the kids to stay hydrated. While water is the best option for staying hydrated, summer offers delicious refreshing fruits and vegetables that can help you stay hydrated. Here are some of my favorites:

1. Lettuce is 96 percent water!

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2. Cucumbers are 95 percent water.

3. Watermelon is made up of about 91 percent water.

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4. Strawberries are 91 percent water.

5. Spinach is about 91 percent water.

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6. Cantaloupe is about 90 percent water.

7. Broccoli is a whopping 89 percent water.

8. Raspberries and blueberries are both around 85 percent water.

 

 

10 Reasons to Eat More Fruits & Vegetable and Fun Fruit Snack Ideas for Kids!

Here are 10 good reasons why you and yours should eat more fruits and vegetables.  Also, check out the fun fruit snack ideas!

10 Reasons to Eat More Fruits & Vegetable

  1. Taste Great! Fruits and vegetables are delicious.
  1. Fun to Eat! Some crunch, some squirt, some you peel.
  1. Quick, Natural Snack. Fruits and veggies are fast food you want your kids to eat!
  1. Fruits and veggies are rich in vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants, which help to eliminate harmful free radicals.
  1. Fruits and veggies are available in an almost infinite variety…there’s always something new to try.
  1. Nutritious fresh or frozen so they’re ready when you are!
  1. Perfect anytime! Have some for breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner!
  1. Fruits and veggies provide fiber that helps fill you up and keeps your digestive system happy.
  1. Eating plenty of fruits and veggies may help reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers.
  2. Eating more locally grown fruits and vegetables helps to support your local economy and your local farmers. It addition, it is good for the environment, because less energy is used to get these products to the local market than those grown elsewhere.

Here are some fun fruit snack ideas for kids!

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Fruit Sandwiches – Use slices of apples or pears and low-fat cheese or peanut butter.

Fruit & Yogurt Dip – Fresh fruit dipped in your kid’s favorite low-fat yogurt.

Smoothies. Kids won’t pass up tasty fruit smoothies.

Fruit Cups – Make your own fruit cups by cutting up your kid’s favorite fruits and adding them to their lunches.

Fun Fruit Salad – Serve fresh fruit that can be dipped of topped with salad dressings such as poppy seed or balsamic vinegar.

Fruit Chunks – Frozen fruit chunks such as grapes, bananaslices,blueberries or watermelonare perfect when you’re in a rush.

 

Adapted from www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org

 

Fruits and Vegetables In Season for February and Pick-Your-Own Farms

Here is what is in season for the San Francisco Bay Area for February.

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Also check out these Bay Area Pick-Your-Own Farms where you and your kids can go an pick all of this wonderful produce yourselves!

List provided by SFKids.org

Peninsula Coast and Santa Cruz County:
- Arata’s Pumpkin Farm, Half Moon Bay
- Gizdich Ranch, Watsonville
- Pastorino Farms, Half Moon Bay
- Phipps Country Store and Farm, Pescadero
- Rancho Siempre Verde Christmas Tree Farm, Pescadero
- Santa’s Tree Farm and Village, Half Moon Bay
- Swanton Berry Farm/Coast Ways Ranch, Davenport
- Webb Ranch Farm, Portola Valley

Sonoma County:
- Gabriel Farm, Sebastapol
- Larsen Christmas Tree Farm, Petaluma
- Peterson’s Farm, Petaluma

Contra Costa County:
- Alhambra Valley Tree Farm, Martinez
- Knoll Organics, Brentwood
- Peter Wolfe Ranch, Brentwood
- Smith Family Farms, Brentwood

A good website to check out is PickYourOwn.org where you will find a list of farms practically anywhere in the country, where your family can go and harvest fruits and vegetables

Cool Interactive Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Calendar

Here is a really cool interactive Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Calendar from eat seasonally.com

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