“Eat your fruits and vegetables!” - The time old struggle between parent and child. Did you know that your child’s meals are supposed to be comprised of half fruits and vegetables? That’s right, half! CNN reported only 22% of children ages 2-5 are meeting government recommendations for vegetable consumption. The statistics only gets worse as the child gets older – 16% of children ages 6-11 and 11% of those ages 12-18 meet those guidelines. Eating habits are formed at an early age, so it is extremely important to set a president of healthy eating early on. Having said that, getting more fruits and vegetables in your child’s diet no longer needs to be a battle!
Make it Fun!
- Kiddo Cook Off – Have your child or children help you prepare a dish. They will want to eat it because they made it.
- Keep it Colorful – Create a stoplight or other fun visual display of fruits and veggies.
- Alphabet Game – There are so many different fruits and vegetables, it is hard to know where to start. Play the alphabet game and try a different letter every day.
Master of Disguise!
- Get Saucy – Incorporate different fruits and vegetables in sauces.
- Be Chill – Create homemade 100% fruit juice popsicles for a healthy treat.
- Smooth Move – Make a basic fruit smoothie a staple at breakfast time by using Greek yogurt packed with protein as a base.
- Just Dipping In – Serve a colorful plate of fruits and veggies with low fat or fat free dressings and dips.
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