Leftover Fruits

Many times when I visit a KES Breakfast Club, I often see that there are leftovers, especially fruit!  Many Clubs have student volunteers who bring the extra fruit to classes for students that may not have come to Breakfast Club that morning.  For fruits like apples and bananas that tend to turn brown quite quickly here are some great ways to ensure you get the most out of your fruit!

Here are some ways you can prevent fruit wastage and spoilage:

  1. When prepping your fruit in the morning I know we always want to be prepared and have enough ready for when the children arrive, but sometimes instead of cutting fruits like apples and bananas in advance, use tools such as an apple corer for the apples and a plastic knife will be fine for the bananas – and cut them as kids come into the Club. Once these fruits go brown many children won’t eat them.
  2. If you do plan to cut apples in advance, soak them in an acidic liquid so they don’t turn brown; lemon juice or even a small amount of 100% apple juice will do the trick.
  3. If you have leftover fruits that you don’t think will be good for your next breakfast club day, put them in resalable baggies and freeze them….perfect for smoothies, parfaits or even fruit salads!
  4. Try to get a tally of what you use each day, after the first couple of weeks of breakfast Club the numbers should start to become consistent and you’ll roughly know how much to prep for every day.

*Please ensure all fruits have been washed before prepping, even fruits such as bananas, oranges and melons need to be washed since we are cutting through their skins/peels.

Janel Genge is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador

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