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Healthy Habits

Watermelon Guy

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Here's what you have to do:

  1. Be sure to wash your hands and check with a grown-up before you begin.
  2. Sometimes, you can buy a watermelon half at the store. If not, ask a grown-up to cut a whole watermelon in half for you.
  3. Get a grown-up to help slice a small piece from the watermelon. You will use the rind from this piece to be the mouth.
  4. Cut out the pink watermelon part and just keep the rind.
  5. Use a melon-baller to scoop out the fruit from the watermelon half.
  6. Put the hollow side of the watermelon rind down on a big platter. This will be the head.
  7. Cut the green stems off of 2 strawberries. Cut 1 of the strawberries into 3 slices cross-wise.
  8. Stick a toothpick into the watermelon rind where you want the eye to go. It helps if you poke the holes with a toothpick before attaching the fruit. Put one of the strawberry slices and a blueberry on the end of the toothpick. Do the same thing for the other eye.
  9. Put a toothpick where you want the nose to go, and then attach the end of the strawberry to the end of the toothpick.
  10. Use 2 toothpicks to attach the watermelon rind where you want the mouth.
  11. Watermelon Guy's hair is made out of small pieces of fruit on wooden skewers. The ZOOMers used pieces of honeydew melon, cantaloupe, pineapple, red grapes, blueberries, strawberries, and watermelon balls. You can use any kind of fruit you like. You need 15 to 20 fruit skewers.
  12. Stick the skewers into the top of the watermelon in any pattern you want. The skewers are sharp, so ask a grown-up to help with this part. It's easier if you poke holes in the rind first before you put in the skewers.

More Ways to eat healthy and have fun:

Get Crafty with Food:
Edible Spiders
Veggie Dipmobile
Bunny Salad
Dino Dessert

Healthy Birthday Treats:
Arthur: Berry Buoys Party Punch
Arthur: Fruit Collage
It's a Big Big World: Bob's Ants on a Log
It's a Big Big World: Banana Smoothies
Dragon Tales: Rainbow River Fruit Salad
Dragon Tales: Cassie's Pink Lemonade

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1. Make half your grains whole. Choose whole-grain foods, such as whole-wheat bread, oatmeal, brown rice and low fat popcorn more often

2. Vary your veggies. Go dark green and orange with your vegetables Ė eat spinach, broccoli, carrots and sweet potatoes.

3. Focus on fruits. Eat them at meals and at snack time too. Choose fresh, frozen, canned or dried, and go easy on the fruit juice.

4. Get your calcium-rich foods. To build strong bones, serve low fat and fat-free milk and milk products several times a day.

5. Go lean with protein. Eat lean or low fat meat, chicken, turkey and fish. Also, change your tune with more dry beans and peas. Add chick peas, nuts or seeds to a salad; pinto beans to a burrito; or kidney beans to a soup.

6. Change your oil. We all need oil. Get yours from fish, nuts and liquid oils such as corn, soybean, canola and olive oil.

7. Donít sugarcoat it. Choose foods and beverages that do not have sugar and caloric sweeteners as one of the first ingredients. Added sugars contribute calories with few, in any, nutrients.

8. Make sure you eat a good Breakfast each day. It gives you the energy to get on your way.

9. Vegetables can add lots of color to your plate. They are good for you, plus they really taste great!


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