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We’re excited to bring you another great article from LilSugar, a fantastic source for mamas who want advice and news about everything from packing healthy lunches to mastering the art of stroller chic. This week, we’re featuring their 8 Fall Foods Kids Will Love…

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The changing leaves, dropping temperatures, and Halloween preparations can only mean one thing: Fall is officially here. Summer fruits and vegetables have reached the end of their growing season, but with Fall’s crisp air comes a bright new selection of seasonal foods to add to the rotation.

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Apples

Say goodbye to berry-picking season and hello to apple picking! A great source of fiber and vitamin C, an apple a day might very well keep the doctor away. For an easier – no bake! – twist on classic apple pie, this Apple Pie Party Dip is a perfect after-school or party snack.

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Brussels Sprouts

Don’t let their kid-repelling reputation scare you: prepared correctly, like in this Sautéed Brussels Sprouts With Bacon & Onions dish, the notorious vegetable transforms into an instant hit. When in doubt, add bacon!

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Dates

Naturally sweet, dates really are “nature’s candy,” a way for kids to get their sweet fix without all the refined sugar. These Shanibars couldn’t be easier (or tastier!): five ingredients, no cooking required, with a prep time of 10 minutes.

 

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Pine Nuts

Pine nuts are the seeds of pinecones – who knew pinecones had seeds!? – and are high in protein, vitamins E and K, niacin and thiamine. Don’t let the name fool you: pine nuts are actually seeds, not nuts. Pasta With Winter Squash and Pine Nuts is a one-dish wonder, utilizing not one, but two healthy seasonal offerings.

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Pomegranate

At first glance, cooking with pomegranates can be a bit intimidating – what to do with all those tiny seeds! – but the effort is well worth the delicious antioxidant benefits. These Kid-Friendly Pomegranate Recipes are a good place to start.

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Quince

High in fiber and vitamin C, quince is one of the earliest known fruits, a relative of the apple and pear. Quince season is fleeting – October through December – so make use of the mythical fruit with this Quince Crumble, a desert option that will please tots and their parents.

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Rutabaga

A ruta what? Rutabaga is a seriously underappreciated root vegetable rich in vitamin C and comparable to a turnip. Turn the flavorful vegetable into every tot’s favorite food with this recipe for Rosemary Rutabaga Fries, a healthier, baked alternative to the standard deep-fried fare.

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Squash

Of the many types of Winter squash available, butternut squash is a favored and versatile variety – easily moving between salty and sweet. This Jamie Oliver recipe for Butternut Squash Muffins With a Frosty Top are reminiscent of carrot cake, and are a great way to sneak a little squash into what appears to be a cupcake.

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