Living a healthy life means making good choices. Studies show that families that have fruits and vegetables around eat more of them.
Help your child learn to make good food choices by:
- Setting a good example of eating fruits and vegetables every day, as this will encourage your child to do the same. Not to mention, it’s good for you too!
- Make a game of getting a variety of colors in their diet everyday with different physical characteristics – such as, crunchy, juicy, crispy and colorful.
- Don’t force your child to eat fruits and vegetables. Remember that it will take time and the frequent offering of the same fruit or vegetable before your child acquires a taste. This is a learning experience, part of their growth and development.
- Most fruits are sweeter than many vegetables – so offer a food they like with one that is new and less sweet.
- Keep fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator sliced and ready to eat for a handy snack and/or addition to a meal.
- Offer lots of choices, let your child help shop, clean and prepare for meals and snacks.