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Another great option that some people never think of is serving dried fruit as a daily fruit serving.  Many kids love dried raisins or dried cranberries so why not try them out at home or at your KES Club! Dried fruit is made by taking the water out of the fruit by sun drying or using a special machine called a dehydrator. Since the water is removed during drying, this also means that the natural sugars in the fruit are concentrated.

Did you know?

  • One Food Guide serving of dried fruit is ¼ cup (60 mL).
  • Dried fruits are part of the Vegetables and Fruit food group in Canada’s Food Guide.
  • Dried fruits can be a source of antioxidants in the diet. Dried apricots and peaches are also important sources of carotenoids, which your body turns into vitamin A.
  • Prunes, raisins and apricots also contain iron.
  • Many dried fruits are also a source of fibre.

Dried Fruits to try: Raisins, Craisins, Apricots, Prunes, Banana Chips

dried fruit

Information and Image Sourced from:  http://www.eatrightontario.ca/en/Articles/Cooking/Food-Preparation/All-about-dried-fruit.aspx#.Vqu0R172a70

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL.

 

 

 

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