Sunday, December 4, 2011

Healthy holiday tips that don't bite #4

December 4th, 2011

Green and red isn't just for decorations!

Rich in antioxidants and fiber fruits and vegetables are a great addition to a child's diet. Red and green colors depict fruits and vegetables rich in phytochemicals. Phytochemicals help prevent cancers and makes cells strong.

Children should have at least 5 servings of fruits and/or vegetables per day. A serving is considered: 1 cup of raw, 1/2 cup cooked, 1 medium sized fruit or vegetable, 1/2 cup 100% juice, or 12 grapes.

Have your child perform a scavenger hunt at the farmers market or
the produce aisle at the grocery store for red and green fruit and vegetables.

How many can you count?
Hint: I found 10.
Now the big question is...How many of these red and green items can we get our child to try?

A recent study found that kids love to dip their foods. 

Try hummus or low fat regular cream cheese for the delicious veggies.

Try flavored low fat cream cheese or yogurt, nut butter or Greek yogurt for the fantastic fruits.
This week we will be featuring pomegranates in the weekly newsletter. See how we get kids to eat this amazing red fruit.

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