MONTVILLE, NJ – Danielle Colombo of ShopRite Lincoln Park joined parents and kids at the Montville Township Public Library to talk about heart-healthy snacks – just in time for Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is part of Healthy Heart Month, Colombo explained, and eating foods like fruits and vegetables is great for your heart.

“Foods like those have a lot of fiber, which is healthy,” she told the kids.

Colombo encouraged the kids to eat proteins like lean meats, and 100% whole grains, and she explained those terms.

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She then had the kids make three snacks. The first was a fruit-topped small pita – the “glue” was chocolate hummus, a new food to many of the children, and strawberry Greek yogurt. One child folded his and called it his “super-fruity taco!”

The next snack was a pineapple “face” using heart-shaped strawberries as the eyes, and other fruit for the nose and mouth. The kids seemed to enjoy “gluing” the fruit onto the pineapple “faces,” although some just munched on the fruit as they watched the others “craft.” Such is the world of working with kids!

The third snack was fruit skewers, wooden kebabs with mandarin oranges, blueberries and other fruit “threaded” on.

“We love to have Danielle visit and do these seminars,” said Kids & Families Programs Associate Amy Resnikoff. “The parents love her because she brings healthy foods and often new things for the kids to try, and the kids love to see the creative things she does.”

The Montville Township Public Library has seminars, movies, concerts and programs for kids, teens and adults. Check out the schedule at: Library.

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