Kid’s Cooking: Feta Cheese on Melon

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Kid friendly meals; simple to prepare and nutritious.   Get your child to become active in his or her pursuit to healthy living.

Calories and Fat

A 1-ounce serving of feta cheese contains 75 calories and 6.03 grams of fat, of which 4.23 grams are saturated. Eating a diet that contains too much saturated fat can raise your cholesterol levels, which increases your risk of heart disease. Too much saturated fat can also increase your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. Limit your intake of saturated fat to 10 percent or less of the total number of calories you consume each day, MayoClinic.com recommends.

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Sodium

Healthy adults should limit their intake of sodium to 2,300 milligrams or less per day. You should keep that number to 1,500 milligrams if you have been diagnosed with heart disease, are over age 50 or are African American. A diet that contains too much sodium puts you at an increased risk of stroke, kidney disease, high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. A 1-ounce serving of feta cheese contains 316 milligrams of sodium.

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Ingredients:

6 slices of watermelon

3 oz (90 g) Canadian Feta, crumbled

Fresh mint leaves (a handful)

Balsamic glaze

Pink peppercorns, crushed

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Preparation

Scatter cheese over watermelon slices.

Add fresh mint leaves.

Drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Sprinkle with pink peppercorns.

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