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I have a confession to make. I have a picky eater in my house. He is about 50 inches tall and weighs 60 pounds. He has given me a hard time about trying new foods for his whole life. As his mom, I try to get creative when introducing something new to him. The only nut he likes is peanut butter. Yes, I know it’s a butter not a nut, but he won’t try the nuts alone. So maybe I am trying the wrong nut for him. Little boys love sports and they love challenges. I want to make it as enticing as possible. I never force my kids to try new foods. As a dietitian, I suggest introducing foods over time and making them fun. It’s okay if they don’t try it the first time or the second or the third. One day they will. If you make it a negative experience, no one wins and they are more than likely to associate a negative experience with that particular food. Pairing new foods up with foods they are familiar with also helps in food acceptance.
With March Madness approaching and basketball season in full swing, I wanted to make a healthy snack that my kids would remember. This Pistachio 3 Pointer POP (Pistachio.Oranges.Popcorn.) is the perfect snack for kids and adults alike. You can have a great time crackin’ up the court with in-shell pistachios. Pistachios are healthy snack for kids and parents. A new study from Harvard suggests that people who consume nuts, such as pistachios, on a regular basis had a reduced risk of mortality. They are also an excellent source of copper, manganese, and Vitamin B6. A 49 kernel serving of pistachios has 160 calories and 3 grams of fiber.
Going for a slam dunk, I teamed up pistachios with some easily decorated clementine oranges, popcorn, and water. If you would like to make a healthy and fun snack with in-shell pistachios, I have free printables so you can get crackin’ on your 3 Pointer POP. I used cardstock for my printables so they are more durable.
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