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Easy DIY Fruit Leather | Produce for Kids is Feeding America
Feeding your kids the right foods can be challenging at best. But now with the kids out of school, there are extra hurdles to overcome. If you’re needing a little bit of extra motivation this summer to keep your kids on the healthy eating track, make this easy DIY Fruit Leather Recipe and see how this recipe is also helping to provide hunger relief for kids across the U.S.. Produce for Kids is Feeding America this season, and your family can make a difference.
It’s always such a joy to share companies that just love giving back. Produce for Kids is one of those amazing organizations. And this season, the Produce for Kids Healthy Eating Campaign is another reason to families are jumping at the chance to give back. Produce for Kids is partnering with Feeding America through July 1, 2015. And your family can help. Now through July 1st, when your family purchases fresh produce at Publix, part of the proceeds goes to directly feed your local families. Look for special displays and signs featuring characters from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 movie, participating produce suppliers and tips for your family to encourage more healthy eating.
Be on the lookout for these 14 fresh fruit and vegetable suppliers that are Feeding America:
o Andy Boy® Broccoli
o Avocados from Mexico Mexican Hass Avocados
o Bolthouse® Farms Premium Juices & Smoothies
o Chiquita® Bananas
o Coast Tropical Mangos
o Driscoll’s® Raspberries
o Del Monte® Fruit Naturals® Cups
o Fresh Express® Packaged Salad
o RealSweet® Vidalia® Onions
o Little Bear Brand Vidalia® Sweet Onions
o Marie’s® Dressings
o Minute Maid® Pure Squeezed Orange Juice
o Well-Pict Berries® Strawberries
o Wonderful® Pistachios
Feeling inspired to support Produce for Kids and Feeding America this season, I was able to whip up this Easy DIY Berry Mango Fruit Leather using some of the participating produce.
- 1 pint of Driscoll's Raspberries, washed
- 1 Ripe Coast Tropical Mango, peeled and sliced
- 1 TBSP of Honey (or 1½ TBSP Agave Nectar)
- Parchment Paper
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
- In Blender (or food processor), blend together ingredients until smooth.
- Lay parchment paper across an entire cookie sheet. (I used a 9x13. You may need 2 cookie sheets if area is smaller)
- Using spatula, spread mixture evenly on the bottom of the cookie sheet. Should be very thin, but not with holes.
- Bake at 200 degrees F for 2 to 4 hours, or until mixture is sticky, but won't come up on your fingers when touched (hence the leather look). Avoid letting the fruit leather completely drying out and browning. You may need to turn up the oven to 225 or 250 at the 2 hour mark if your mixture is thicker.
- Allow fruit leather to completely cool.
- Cut intro strips (including the parchment paper if desired)
- EAT 🙂
- Store in an air-tight container for up to 1 month at room temperature
A delicious summer treat for my kids, we can easily pack this fruit leather in our bags for our beach runs, zoo trips and of course vacations this summer! By making this delicious Fruit Leather this season, I’m not only giving my kids more opportunities for healthy eating, but I’m also doing my part for Feeding America too. My Driscoll’s® Raspberries and Coast Tropical Mango purchase directly benefits the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, a Feeding America food bank location right here in Orlando. And it gives us more motivation to eat healthy, all while giving back. to our community. Win-win!
Produce for Kids is Feeding America now through July 1, 2015. And you can help! Be sure to pick up a great selection of delicious produce at your local Publix and join the campaign for healthy eating. With more than $2.5 million raised so far, I know that we can do our part to bring hunger relief across the U.S.. Visit www.produceforkids.com for more delicious healthy recipes for your family and how you can get involved with the Produce for Kids Healthy Eating Campaign that benefits Feeding America! Be sure to stay social and follow Produce for Kids via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram too.