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Fun Fresh Fruits for Summer!

5 Jul

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During the peak of the summer season we are still thinking about ways to make it a fun season for the whole family. Food is always in our minds since they complement the fun activities we plan. Picnics. barbecues, trips to the beach or the pool  can be more fun when we bring something special to share with each other.  This is a great time to enjoy the many fresh fruits that are available everywhere we go. Try to eat  fruit with each meal, have fruits as snacks, encourage the family to eat more fruits, buy fruits in season and try a new recipe.

Here we are sharing with you a recipe courtesy of our collegues from the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program: 4- Fruit Smoothie. Hope you will enjoy it!  

4-Fruit Smoothie
Makes 4 (1 cup) servings
You will need:
1 ½ cups low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 cup pineapple juice
½ cup canned peaches
½ cup frozen strawberries
2 bananas
4-5 ice cubes
Steps:
1. In a blender container combine vanilla yogurt and pineapple e juice.
2. Stir to mix.
3. Add peaches, strawberries, bananas (broken in half) and ice cubes.
4. Cover and make sure cover is on tight. Blend until pureed. Serve.
MyPlate:
1 cup fruit, 3/8 cup dairy
Serving Size 1/4 of recipe 260g (259 g) Servings per container 4 192 Calories from Fat 13 1g 2% Saturated Fat 1g 4% Trans Fat 5mg 2% 65mg 3% 41g 14% Dietary Fiber 3g 11% Sugars 32g 6g 6% 69% 17% 3% Nutrition Facts Amount Per Serving Calories % Daily Value* Total Fat Cholesterol Sodium Total Carbohydrate Protein Vitamin A Vitamin C Calcium Iron http://www.NutritionData.com *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs: Calories 2,000 2,500 Total Fat Less than 65g 80g Sat Fat Less than 20g 25g Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g Fiber 25g 30g Calories per gram: Fat 9 Carbohydrate 4 Protein 4

Make This Summer Count!

20 Jun

Researchers are now finding that the way kids spend their summer makes a big difference in whether or not they develop well, and whether or not they succeed in school. Summer reading can help young people to maintain and improve their reading skills, improve their reading fluency, and learn new vocabulary and concepts.  readingaloud

The average student reads only 10 minutes a day outside of school. Encourage reading at home and read with your children. When parents and children enjoy summer reading together, children develop a love of books and reading that lasts a lifetime. Try some of these tips for making your young child’s summer full of literacy fun.

1. Be a motivator. When you read newspapers and books and write letters and lists, you show your young child how reading and writing are useful.

2. Schedule time each day for reading aloud and stick to it every day. Your baby, toddler or young child will look forward to this special time together.

3. Connect your reading aloud choices to summer activities. By reading and discussing books about things your child has experienced during summer activities, you help him learn vocabulary and extend his understanding of experiences.

4. Check out summer programs at your local public library. Some offer story times, sing-alongs and puppet shows during t7537453776_0ebbf60b48[1]he summer that increases the child’s opportunity to expand his or her literacy-related skills.

5. Draw your child’s attention to print and letters. When you visit the local pool, point out the list of pool rules. Allow your child to draw and write with chalk on the sidewalk.

6. Take books along on outings. Pack some books in your beach bag or picnic basket, and bring several books on long car rides. You and your child can enjoy books together anywhere you go this summer.

At home when I am reading with my son, we learn new vocabulary words to make sentences. It is fun an enjoyable experience to observe his creativity!

Share with us ways that you use at home to encourage your children to read this summer.

Summer Safety

13 Jun

safe summerDuring the vacation months, the hospital’s emergency rooms account for an increase in the number of injuries and wounds in children younger than 14 years of age. Thousands of children and adults suffer complications related to sports, recreational activities, and others even from their encounters with Mother Nature. While we make plans for the care of the children, we worry about their diets and their time,because we want to make sure that they will have a fun and an active summer. Nevertheless, we should think ahead of time about minimizing the risk of: falls, burns, contusions, drowns and even death.
Many experts have determined that the most common injuries during summer are related to falls, especially those from trampolines or from playgrounds. It is also very common to see fractures of arms and legs in children related to the use of their bicycles or skateboards.But the most dangerous  injuries  are the ones affecting their heads when a safety helmet is not used. Families will camp on the outdoors, increasing the possibilities of burns related to the bonfires and the use of flammable chemicals used for cooking. The aquatic activities are possibly the most enjoyable, but preventing drowns is key to have fun. Teenagers and children should be closely supervised and should be encouraged to follow the rules at the pool, the beach, lakes and everywhere water is part of the enjoyment.
Finally learning Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation is something very important for parents or for those caring for the children. We should not forget to design an emergency plan for the family so all the members will know what to do in a moment of need. Let’s get ready for a fun and free of injuries summer!