Mind your peas and kumquats!
It’s not rocket science! We all know the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables is 4-5 cups a day, especially for children ages 9-13 (2 1/2 cups – vegetables, 1.5 cups – fruits). But once we start taking care of life in the REAL WORLD, how do we make it happen? Here are a few tips to make it easier for parents, kids, and even grown ups alike … 1. Keep ‘ready-to-eat- fruits and vegetables available in a place we see most. This means: a. Eye level in the fridge b. On the kitchen counter c. In the lunchbox d. In the “after sports practice” cooler 2. Send a fruit AND a vegetable with lunch 3. Make a “colors of the rainbow” chart and check off the different colors of fruits and vegetables your kids are eating each week. 4. For a little extra insurance, try a whole food supplement like Juice Plus. (I’ve been taking it for a little over a month and I’m hooked! … and it’s supported by scientific research! … check it out at Schwartz.juiceplus.com) 5. Take the kids to the grocery store. Let them choose their favorite fruits and vegetables 6. Sneak them in!!! Have you tried cauliflower in the mashed potatoes or Spaghetti Squash pasta?