Food Matters!


Do you know nutrition helps a child develop properly??


According to Oxford Academic:


“Adequate nutrition is necessary for normal brain development. Nutrition is especially important during pregnancy and infancy, which are crucial periods for the formation of the brain, laying the foundation for the development of cognitive, motor, and socio-emotional skills throughout childhood and adulthood.”


Check out this fun recipe from eatright.org




Ingredients

1½ cups fat-free milk or soy milk ½ cup packed brown sugar ½ cup egg substitute or egg whites 1 tablespoon melted trans-fat-free margarine ½ teaspoon cinnamon 2 cups rolled oats (not instant) 1 teaspoon baking powder 1½ cups chopped apples


Directions

Before you begin: Wash your hands.

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C).

  2. In a small bowl mix the milk, brown sugar, egg substitute/whites, margarine and cinnamon.

  3. In a larger bowl combine the oats and the baking powder.

  4. Pour the wet mixture into the bowl with the oats; add the apples and stir to combine.

  5. Spoon the mixture into a 8-by-8-inch pan coated with cooking spray and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until top is firm and a toothpick comes out clean in the center.

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1 square Serves 9

Calories: 160; Total fat: 3g; Saturated fat: < 1g; Sodium: 80mg; Total Carbohydrate: 30g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugars: 18g; Protein 4g; Vitamin A: 248 IU; Vitamin C: 1.5 mg; Calcium: 56mg.

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Reference:

Elizabeth L Prado, Kathryn G Dewey, Nutrition and brain development in early life, Nutrition Reviews, Volume 72, Issue 4, 1 April 2014, Pages 267–284, https://doi.org/10.1111/nure.12102

Picture: Rebecca Clyde MS, RDN, CD