Hints for getting kids to eat more fruits and vegetables

In the continuing theme of the More Matters month let’s talk about ways to get your children to eat more fruits and vegetables. One of the best ways I get my family to eat more vegetables is to cut up a variety of vegetables and place them in a bowl or plate on the kitchen counter.

Carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, red or yellow peppers, cucumbers and sugar snap peas are all good finger-foods that kids and adults can just grab and go. When vegetables are cut up and available, kids and adults will eat more. I know in my house that carrots can languish in the vegetable drawer for weeks, but cut them up and they are gone in a day! Put a pretty plate of cut up vegetables on the table with each meal to encourage getting a few more vegetables into everyone each day.

When it comes to fruit – how about making cute fruit kabobs for an afterschool snack. They are colorful and fun to eat.

Fruit and vegetable snacks give kids important nutrients and help control hunger between meals. Make sure they eat at the table, not in front of the TV. This helps control the mindless eating we all experience when we eat in front of the TV or at the computer.