September is Fruits & Veggies—More Matters Month. Find creative ways to encourage your child to eat more fruits and vegetables. There are more fruits and vegetables available in fresh, frozen, canned, and dried forms than ever before. Taking the time to introduce a variety of fruits and vegetables to kids can help develop a lifetime of healthy habits. And it can be fun for the entire family.
10 Ways to Help Kids Eat More Fruits & Veggies
- Keep a bowl of fresh fruits on the counter. Keep cut-up fruits and vegetables in small bags in the fridge for easy snacks on the run.
- Serve fruits and vegetables at every meal. Add grated or cut vegetables into entrees, side dishes, and soups. Top off cereal with fruit or add frozen fruit to smoothies.
- Set a good example. Snack on fruit and order low-sodium, low-fat salads, soups, or vegetable sides when eating out.
- Pack the fridge, freezer, and cupboard with pre-cut, frozen, and canned vegetables so that it’s easier to prepare meals and snacks that include vegetables.
- Challenge family members to reach their daily fruits and vegetables goal. Reward the winner with a prize of his or her choice.
- Ask that fruits and vegetables be offered at school functions, at after-school programs, and in vending machines.
- Let children choose which fruits and vegetables to serve and how to add them to their favorite meals.
- Make eating fruits and vegetables fun. Try dressing up sandwiches with smiley faces made from fruits and vegetables.
- Keep trying. A child might have to try a new food many times before acquiring a taste for it.
- Encourage friends or relatives to offer vegetables and fruits to your children.
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