Fruits and Vegetables: Encouraging Kids

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about how important it is to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables — and to teach kids from an early age to enjoy these foods. But how do you get reluctant kids to try fruits and vegetables?

Cindy Cunningham, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, offers these tips. Serve fruits and vegetables at every meal, gradually increasing the number of servings. Try making it a game to “eat the rainbow” at meals by seeing if you can include fruits and vegetables of all colors — red tomatoes, green beans, orange carrots, blue berries, and so forth. Use fruits and vegetables for snacks — wash, peel and cut them up to have handy in the refrigerator so they’re as quick and easy to grab as a handful of potato chips.

Next: More tips on changing attitudes about fruits and vegetables.


July 2007

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