Pumpkin Dip
Here's a tasty dip for graham crackers that's nutritious and delicious. Your child may also like to eat it as pudding.

You need:
1 tablespoon canned pumpkin
1/3 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 teaspoon orange juice concentrate (use 100% juice for more nutrients)
Pinch of cinnamon (optional)
1 teaspoon maple syrup (optional)
Graham crackers for dipping

Mix all ingredients well. Serve cold or warm. (To warm, microwave for about 30 seconds and stir before serving.)

Seeds and Bean Salsa
Did you know that corn kernels are actually seeds? Invite your child to try a new way to eat corn and beans.

You need:
cup cooked corn kernels, chilled
cup cooked black beans, rinsed very well and chilled
1 tablespoon Italian dressing

Mix the ingredients together. Serve as a dip with corn chips.

Ambrosia Salad
Using kiwi and oranges in this variation on a familiar salad offers lots of Vitamin C. You can substitute green grapes, but red grapes are prettier.

You need:
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
orange, peeled, separated into wedges, and seeds removed
10 red grapes (seedless or discard as many seeds as possible)
2 tablespoons low-fat strawberry-banana yogurt
Flaked coconut (optional)

In a bowl, cut the kiwi slices into quarters, orange wedges into small pieces, and grapes in half. Carefully mix in yogurt. Sprinkle with a little coconut if your child likes, then serve.

Parsnips With Pizzazz
If your child has shied away from parsnips, offer them again with these yummy fixings.

You need:
4 boiled parsnips (should be soft)
1 tablespoon margarine
1 tablespoon light brown sugar or honey
teaspoon prepared mustard

Quarter the parsnips and place in a buttered one-quart dish. Dot with margarine. Mix the sugar or honey and mustard and spoon over the parsnips. Bake in a preheated 400F oven for about 20 minutes or until parsnips are glazed and browned. Cool slightly before serving.

Cobbler Gobbler Crunch

Encouraging your child to eat two servings of fruit a day won't be hard when you offer this snack or dessert as one choice.

You need:
1 can peaches, pears, apricots, plums, or mandarin oranges (choose canned fruit in its own juice if available)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons low-fat granola or other crunchy, low-sugar cereal
2 tablespoons plain low-fat yogurt

Drain the fruit and slice into a bowl. Sprinkle on cinnamon. Top with granola and yogurt, then serve.