The easy way to get 5-a-day – Add a fruit dip!
This simple fruit dip is delicious with any variety of fruit. Choose a variety of colorful fruit for vibrant color and mouth-watering flavor.
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp. flour
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1 egg slightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
- Combine all ingredients except butter and whipping cream in a medium sauce pan and whisk thoroughly until sugar, flour, and eggs are blended and mixture is free of lumps.
- Add butter and cook and stir until butter is incorporated and mixture comes to a gentle boil. Cook and stir until mixture thickens.
- Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature, stirring several times (can cover pan with plastic wrap to keep a skin from forming over the top of the mixture).
- When cool, fold in whipped cream. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
Yield: about 1-1/2 cups
The Illinois Department of Human Services lists “Offer dips or dressings on the side” as one of the many ways to increase a child’s consumption of fruits and vegetables. When you take a look at the beautiful photo above, it’s hard to imagine even the pickiest eater not being able to find something on this rainbow-colored plate to enjoy. Here are a couple of other suggestions for increasing the amount of healthy fruits and vegetables in your home.
1. Set a good example
Be the first to dive into a salad, add a handful of blueberries to your bowl of breakfast cereal, or grab an orange as a snack. Your kids will follow your example.
2. Think about color, smell, and texture
You may love steamed broccoli, but does the smell turn your child’s stomach? Once you’ve turned someone off to a smell, color or texture, it will be hard to get them to try again later. “Avoid strong smells, drab colors and mushy textures,” cautions the Dept. of Agriculture.
3. Never give up
Choose your battles, but never give up on the idea of helping your child learn to eat wisely. That includes consistently introducing and re-introducing a variety of fruits and vegetables to your child again and again.