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Make Healthy Eating Fun with Fruit and Vegetable Art
When fruits and vegetables are on the menu, kids might play with their food more than eat it. To make a compromise, try letting your kids play with their food and design his or her fruit and vegetable art.
USDA's MyPlate recommends that half of our plates be filled with fruits and vegetables, which is easy with fun activities such as creating fruit and vegetable characters. Here are a few ideas to start building nutritious characters on your child's plate:
- Eyes and nose: peas, olives, beans, cherries, raisins or nuts
- Mouth: orange or apple slices, carrots or strawberries
- Hair: broccoli, cauliflower, grapes or curly, whole-grain pasta
- Glue: honey, low-fat yogurt, low-fat cream cheese or peanut butter
For other recipes and fun ways to get your child to eat more fruits and vegetables, consult a registered dietitian and check out www.kidseatright.org.
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