Top Ten Reasons To Eat Fruits And VeggiesPresentation Transcript
Top Ten Reasons to Eat Fruits and Veggies
Provide nature's fast food that's easy to eat.
Supply vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, and water
Provide a snack to eat at anytime.
Keep your teeth and gums healthy- nature’s toothbrush!
Promote fitness and trim calories.
Give your meals and snacks great taste.
Offer a variety of choices– fresh, canned, frozen, or dried.
Protect your cells with naturally occurring ingredients.
Enhance meals with bright colors, flavors, and textures.
Protect you from diseases!
Toddler and Preschooler Nutrition Quiz
Snacks will ruin a child's appetite for meals. True. False.
This is false. Children have small stomachs, so they may not eat enough at meals to satisfy their nutrient needs, making snacks important. To preserve kids' appetites, serve snacks no less than two hours prior to the meal. Healthy snacks include graham crackers, popcorn , pretzels, milk, cheese, yogurt, hard cooked eggs, fruit, and vegetables.
2. A toddler who eats only certain foods day after day is bound for malnutrition. Myth. Fact.
It may seem that way to concerned adults, but it's hardly ever the case. Eating jags -- periods when toddlers favor only a few foods -- are common. But take heart, they usually don't last. Feel better by offering a wide variety of foods alongside your child's favorites while you wait for the phase to pass. If your child rejects an entire food group, such as fruits and vegetables, for a few weeks or more, consult a doctor or dietitian for advice.
3. If you don't serve kids what they want for a meal, they won't eat enough. Myth. Fact.
It's actually a myth. Children will eat when they are hungry, no matter what it is. Preparing one meal for the family and others for your kids won't make them any healthier, but it will cause stress. Don't become a short-order cook by catering to your kid's whim at dinnertime. Serve at least one or two foods you know they'll eat.
4. You should be giving toddlers whole milk, not reduced fat milk. Myth. Fact.
True. Children under age two should drink whole milk because its high calorie and fat content helps support their rapid growth. As a child gets older, they get more of their calories and fat from food, and less from milk. That's why the American Academy of Pediatrics says it's acceptable to serve reduced fat milk, such as one percent fat, after a child's second birthday. But that doesn't mean it's necessary.
5. Preschoolers should finish all the food on their plates. Myth. Fact.
Myth. Forcing membership in “The Clean Plate Club” fosters resentment toward parents, and may encourage overeating. Children's appetites fluctuate after infancy, so respect your child when he says he can't finish his food. Serve kids small portions, and let them have more if they want it.
6. Toddlers should drink juice. Myth. Fact.
Myth. While 100 percent juice provides nutrients such as vitamin C and potassium, it's not essential to the diet. If your child eats fruit, she may not need juice. Too much juice may result in excess calories, and weight gain.
Best bets: 100 percent fruit juice, and vitamin C-fortified juices.