Hey parents, we're here to help you plant the seeds of healthy eating in your little ones. And it starts with a nutrient-packed rainbow of goodness — fruits and vegetables!
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, fostering a love for fruits and veggies early on sets the stage for a lifetime of healthy eating. But how do you get your kiddos to try something new? Make it fun!
- Rainbow plates: Create a colorful plate of fruits and veggies and encourage your tot to give each one a try. From red apples to orange melon to green broccoli and more. Make it a game — who can find the most colors?
- Snack pack: Swap out sugary snacks for crunchy veggies. Carrots, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes are fantastic, fiber-filled snacks that keep little hands and tummies happy.
- Smoothie magic: Blend up a rainbow in a glass (and sneak in some greens)! Blueberries, bananas and spinach make a delicious and nutritious smoothie. Or let your kiddos pick their favorite colors to blend.
- Cooking adventures: Get your mini chefs involved in the kitchen! When kids help prepare meals, they're more likely to try new foods. It's a win-win for all!
Remember: Kids who enjoy a diverse range of fruits and veggies early on are more likely to continue into adulthood and reap the long-term health benefits of a nutritious diet. So, let’s celebrate the joy of colorful eating and watch our little ones grow into happy, healthy superheroes!