Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Fresh fruit and vegetables

So many of us are faced with the challenge of trying to include vegetables and fruits in our daily diet, as well as provide for our children. Here are a few helpful ideas and a great web site that can assist you.

*The following vegetables and fruits are the top five choices for children according to NPD Group.

Vegetables: Corn, Green Beans, Carrots, Peas and Mixed Vegetables

Fruits: Oranges, Apples, Bananas, Grapes and Strawberries

Serve one or two of these vegetables and fruits every day, or whatever produce your children prefer. They will eventually try new produce; however it is important to provide them with the nutrients that they need, so fill them up with the produce that they like.

*Source: NPD Group National Eating Trends data

Check out www.cdc.gov, this web site is a great tool to assist you in figuring out the amount of fruits and vegetables that adults and children should eat every day.

Examples of serving size:

1 small apple equals 1 cup, 1 small banana equals ½ cup, 16 grapes equal ½ cup

6 baby carrots equal ½ cup, ½ sweet potato equals ¼ cup

Dried fruits and nuts are great for snacks!

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