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colorful arrangement of fruits and veggies in shape of a rainbow

Eat a Rainbow!

Fruits and vegetables come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, flavors, and colors. Eating more fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some chronic diseases, like cancer, heart disease, stroke, obesity, and diabetes. Fruits and vegetables provide important nutrients for health and maintenance of your body. Different types of fruits and vegetables provide different nutrients, so it’s important to get a good variety. An easy way to make sure you’re getting all the different nutrients is to choose a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables to fill half your plate. Continue reading

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month 2016

June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. With the summer growing season kicking into full swing, I can’t think of a better time to focus on eating more fresh fruits and veggies. If you’re like most Americans who don’t eat enough fruits and veggies, this is your reminder to make half your plate fruits and vegetables this month. Continue reading

How to Influence Teens to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

As parents, we know you always want the best for your kids.  Keeping them healthy helps keep them happy and successful.  You can help your teens stay healthy by encouraging them to eat more fruits and vegetables!

Be a positive role model for your teens so they can make healthy choices.  Below are some easy ways to be a positive role model.  Try these with your kids and you could get healthier, too!

  • Have a fruit or vegetable with every meal
  • Try new fruits or vegetables with your teen
  • Eat meals together as a family

Your teens have busy lives, so convenience can be key.  Between school and after-school activities, you may not have much time left to prepare healthy foods.  Packing cut-up fruits and vegetables in small plastic bags will make it easy for your teen to take healthy snacks on the go, wherever they’re headed!  Some easy ideas are:

  • Baby carrots
  • Orange slices
  • Bananas
  • Celery sticks
  • Apples

Buying produce can seem expensive, but there are many affordable and delicious fruits and vegetables at the grocery store!  Here are a few easy options:

  • Celery
  • Baby Carrots
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Cucumbers
  • Bell Peppers
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Do some of these foods look familiar?  These affordable fruits and vegetables are also perfect to take on the go!

Having fresh fruits and vegetables handy when away from home is a great way for your teens to refuel while on the go!  Fresh fruits and vegetables help them stay hydrated, too! By keeping easy, nutritious snacks with you, you can help your teens make healthy choices instead of grabbing convenience foods.

For more tips on getting your teens to eat more fruits and vegetables, check out this video:

Want to learn about a fun, easy way to get kids of all ages to like fruits and vegetables?  Read all about it here!

Little Dippers Eat More Fruits and Veggies

It’s no secret that getting kids to eat more fruits and vegetables is a tough job, for parents, schools, and nutrition education programs like us. There are a lot of reasons why, but today we’ll focus on taste.

While fruits are naturally sweet, vegetables tend to have stronger, sometimes bitter flavors that kids don’t like. They can’t help it- we’re all born with a preference for sweet and a dislike of bitter flavors. But we can definitely learn to love vegetables. The following tip actually worked for me as a child, not just for vegetables, but almost any food my mom wanted to get me to eat. Continue reading