Eat your fruits & veggies!
- Be colorful. Pick a color of the day and try to incorporate one fruit or vegetable of that color into each meal. Or make it a rainbow day and try to eat one vegetable or fruit of every color. When shopping, ask your kids to spot fruits and veggies of different colors (and then add them to your cart!).
- Add it on, mix it in. Add fruits and vegetables to the foods your kids already love. Add peas to mac’n'cheese, veggies on top of pizza, and slices of fruit on top of breakfast cereals or low-fat ice-cream. Zuchinni and pumpkin can be added to many baked goods or pancakes.
- Try smoothies. Smoothies are a great way to add fruits and veggies to the diet, and they are so easy to make. Blend frozen or fresh fruit, low-fat or fat-free milk or yogurt, ice cubes, and fruit juice. Let your kids experiment with different fruits to find what they like the best.
- Get kids involved. Involve your kids in the fruit and vegetable shopping. Visit a farmers’ market or farm and let kids select what looks good to them. Or plant your own garden and enjoying growing and harvesting your own produce. Ask kids to find recipes for the produce they’ve selected or grown. Let them help prepare the meal. Kids will be more likely to taste foods that they’ve had a hand in selecting and preparing.
- Make it fun. Check out http://artfulveggie.com/ for creative ideas for preparing fruits and veggies. Sure, let kids play with their food a little – if it’ll get them to try the fruits and veggies, it’s worth it!