Eat More Fruits and Veggies

Eat More Fruits and Veggies

Kids may be excited to eat their macaroni and cheese or dessert, but it seems they would do just about anything to be excused from eating their fruits and vegetables. USDA's MyPlate recommends that half of your plate consists of fruits and vegetables. Parents everywhere are wondering, "How can I get my child to eat more fruits and vegetables?"

Follow these tips to get your kids to eat right:

  • Don't skip breakfast. Fix your children oatmeal or cereal with strawberries or bananas or low-fat yogurt mixed with blueberries.
  • Try heirloom fruits and vegetables. If you get your kids excited about rare and interesting varieties of fruits and vegetables, they will be more eager to try them. Take your children to a farmers market and have them pick out what they'd like to try.
  • Load up lunchtime. If you pack a sandwich for your child's lunch, try loading it up with vegetables and cutting back on high-fat dressings.

For more information on fitting more fruits and vegetables onto your child's plate, consult a registered dietitian.

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  • Cook healthy

    Involve your child in the cutting, mixing and preparation of all meals. Even a snack can be healthy.

  • Eat right

    Sit down together as a family to enjoy a wonderful meal and the opportunity to share the day's experiences with one another.

  • Shop smart

    To encourage a healthy lifestyle, get your children involved in selecting the food that will appear at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table.

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