Fun Lunch Ideas for February

oranges

Bump up the color. Bright colors are the easiest way to increase the “wow” factor in your child’s lunch. February is a great month for Oranges. They are bright, beautiful, juicy and fun to eat! Oranges provide kids in colder climates with a taste of sun in the middle of winter.

Choose oranges that are firm and feel heavy (weightier oranges are juicier). Very large fruit can sometimes be less sweet and concentrated in flavor. Skin color is not indicative of quality – untreated ripe oranges are often pale orange or greenish but those sold in supermarkets may be treated with ethylene (to break down the green chlorophyll) and then colored with orange dye.

Oranges in the shops today may have been picked anything from a few days to a few weeks earlier. Most will keep for a couple of weeks at room temperature.

Star fruit has a sweet, slightly tangy flavor. Some compare it to a blend of papaya, orange, and grapefruit, while others find it comparable to a mix of pineapple and lemon.   Star fruit is green when unripe; the fruit vary from pale yellow to deep amber when ripe.  The more yellow the skin is, the sweeter the fruit will be. A yellow star fruit with a bit of brown along the edges is ideal.  A star fruit has approximately 30 calories. It is also a worthwhile source of fiber, vitamin C, carbohydrates, and water.

The taste varies from sour to sweet, one way of distinguishing the sour variety from the sweeter ones is that the former has narrower ribs, while the latter have thicker, fleshy ones.

Fun shapes are a great way to encourage kids to eat the lunch rather than through it out.  The name star fruit comes from the fact that when sliced, the cross section has the shape of a five-pointed star.  You kids will love the unique shape!

 

starfruit

by aelorae

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