With summer weather here, it’s the best time of the year to eat fresh fruit and vegetables. But, sometimes it can be difficult to get your kids to try these foods and eat fresh produce. The best way to get your child or, even your significant other to eat more produce, is to involve them in produce purchases, according to Emily Krueger Lybbert, registered dietitian with LDS Hospital.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has the following tips to getting kids to eat more produce in our kids.
How To Get Your Kids To Eat Their Veggies
1. Provide fruits and vegetables as snacks – Keep fruit washed, cut up and in plain sight in the refrigerator.
2. Serve salads more often – Get pre-washed, bagged salad at the grocery store. Teach your child what an appropriate amount of salad dressing is and how it can be ordered on the side at restaurants.
3. Try out vegetarian recipes for spaghetti, lasagna, chili, or other foods using vegetables instead of meat.
4. Include at least one leafy green or yellow vegetable for vitamin A such as spinach, broccoli, winter squash, greens, or carrots each day.
5. Include at least one vitamin C- rich fruit or vegetable, such as oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, melon, tomato, and broccoli each day.
6. Add a fruit or vegetable as part of every meal or snack. For example, you could put fruit on cereal, add a piece of fruit or small salad to your child’s lunch, use vegetables and dip for an after-school snack, or add a vegetable or two you want to try to the family’s dinner.
7. Be a role model-eat more fruits and vegetables yourself.
LDS Hospital has created Produce Bucks, a program designed to help kids get familiar with and excited about fresh produce. The program is designed to educate children 12 and under about fresh produce and the farm-to-fork concept.
LDS Hospital will be at 4 Markets this summer (Downtown, Sugar House, Liberty Park and Bountiful)
At the LDS Hospital booth at each market there will be an education activity each week.
Each child that completes the activity will earn a Produce Buck (worth $2 at the Farmers Market where it is earned)
The activities are different each week. The Produce Bucks can be used at participating produce vendors at each market. Activities take 3-5 minutes and include crafts, coloring, scavenger hunts, learning from farmers and more.
Where to find LDS Hospital Produce Bucks this Summer
Sugar House Farmers Market
5 – 8 p.m.
Starting in July
Bountiful Farmers Market
3 – 8 p.m.
Starting June 21
Liberty Park Farmers Market
4 p.m. to dusk
Starting June 8
Downtown Farmers Market
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Starting June 9
Learn more at intermountainhealthcare.org.
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