DVIDS – News – Fort Drum New Parent Support Program Helps Community Members Pack Healthy Snacks for Summer

FORT DRUM, NY (June 14, 2022) — Flag Day is all about celebrating red, white, and blue, and members of the Fort Drum community got a taste of it during the free flag day class. support for new parents on healthy snacks on June 14 at the Enrichment Center.

“It’s Flag Day and the Army’s birthday, so we came up with the ‘Red, White, and Un-Blue-Ivable’ theme to accompany recipes that contained those colors,” said Ali Larisa, development family from the Fort Drum Family Advocacy Program. program educator.

Each recipe included an abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy ingredients to demonstrate that healthy snacks can be easy to make and satisfy kids of all ages. This was evident by the young chefs who gobbled down small handfuls of berries, sliced ​​tomatoes and grated cheese.

“We try to include relatively simple things kids can do to help with snacking,” Larisa said. “But a lot of times you see it going into their mouth before it goes to the plate.”

When it came to rolling out the dough, the children had a blast crushing it with their hands.

“The idea is to make it fun and tasty, and a way to encourage them to try new foods,” Larisa said. “I always try to keep nutrition in mind when choosing recipes.”

During the cooking class, participants prepared a red, white and blue pita pizza, with thinly sliced ​​potatoes and grape tomatoes. A fruit and sugar cookie pizza was loaded with fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. The group also enjoyed the kid-friendly salsa and home fries. A Fireworks Cheese Stick recipe also included strawberries and blueberries in a clever arrangement.

“These aren’t the same old snacks people are used to,” Larisa said. “With each of our cooking classes, we want people to try something new and try to use fresh ingredients. There are plenty of local farms and farmer’s markets where you can get these ingredients.

The next cooking class, “Sunsational Summer Snacks,” is scheduled for 10-11:30 a.m. on July 14 at the Enrichment Center. To register, call (315) 772-0748 or 772-2933.

The New Parent Support Program falls under the Fort Drum Family Advocacy Program, located in the building. 10250 on 4th Armored Division Drive. For more information, call (315) 772-5914 or visit home.army.mil/drum/index.php/about/Garrison/directorate-human-resources/soldier-and-family-readiness-division-sfrd/ SFRC/family -fap-advocacy-program.

Date taken: 14.06.2022
Date posted: 14.06.2022 13:33
Story ID: 422933
Location: FORT DRUM, NY, USA

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Virginia S. Braud