Hey kids, eat your fruits & vegetables

From birth to early adulthood, bodies are continuously growing and healthy foods are essential to development. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables everyday can help reduce the risk of Heart disease, High blood pressure, Type II diabetes and certain cancers.

We all know that it’s important for children to eat their fruits and vegetables but, getting them to actually eat them can be a challenge.

Get Sneaky
Children can be quite persistent when it comes to trying or not trying new foods so from time-to-time you might have to go a little 007 on them. Try a Smoothie (Shaken not Stirred) for breakfast; super healthy, versatile and oh-so-tasty. Adding veggies to a fruit smoothie can oftentimes go unnoticed by a child and the pay-offs can be astronomical.

Start with milk, fruit juice (such as orange or pineapple), yogurt or honey and mix in one of these fruit & veggie combos and see if you get busted:

  • Sweet Potato/Carrot with blueberries and/or strawberries
  • Carrot with apricot and mango or peaches or apples and bananas
  • Beets with blueberries

Once you get away with those… pull out the big guns!

  • Kale/Spinach with pears or pineapples

Power to the children

Everybody likes to be in charge, even children. Let the kids do some grocery shopping! If they pick it, they’ll eat it, or at least try it. Not to mention all of the great and unique choices the grocery store affords these days like:

  • Dragonfruit
The plant is actually a type of cactus, and the fruit comes in 3 colors: 2 have pink skin, but with different colored flesh (one white, the other red), while another type is yellow with white flesh. Dragon fruit is low in calories and offers numerous nutrients, including Vitamin C, phosphorus, calcium, plus fiber and antioxidants.

 Dragon fruit tastes wonderful! – sweet and crunchy, with a flavor that’s like a cross between kiwi and pear.

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash, named because its flesh comes apart in long strands when cooked can be served in a number of different ways. Top “strings” of spaghetti squash with pasta sauce or try puréed cooked winter squash with cinnamon and maple syrup! Plus, the seeds from winter squash make a great snack food, just like pumpkin seeds. 

Get dirty

Grow a vegetable garden with your kids. Not only will you teach them how to care for the environment but it will also encourage them to eat what they’ve grown and give them a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. A couple of fun facts to get the kids started?

  • Did you know that there are flowers you can eat?
  • Sunflowers can grow so tall that you need a step ladder to water them.

Remember, most children need to be introduced to a new food over 10 times before they will try it. So don’t give up on any vegetable or fruit.

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