Welcome, CCHC readers! While I am away for a family vacation (MY BROTHER’S GETTING MARRIED!) I have a few guest posts lined up. Earlier we leaned in to our DIY side and now to we are going to feed our bodies as Kimberly from The Adventures of “But Mom.” Make sure and leave her some love in the comments.
September is National Fruit and Veggies-More is better month. This is one of those things I just heard of, but my idea for September is to include as much fruit and veggies during the day as possible for the 30 days of September (and hopefully beyond).
This can be daunting, as I have child with texture issues who is very particular about with she will and will not eat. We have been through S.O.S. Feeding Therapy, and have achieved success is many areas. Now it is time to kick it into high gear and start serving more fruit and veggies throughout the day.
Here are 12 ways I have come up with to help me get more fruit and veggies our diet.
- Include fruit at every breakfast and lunch. Be it an apple, applesauce, or dried fruit, making sure I serve fruit at 2 meals a day is important.
- Have a salad with dinner every night. It doesn’t have to be complex, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese, some dressing… YUMMY!!! And good for you too.
- Make and serve 2 veggies every night and let everyone pick what they want. You can have some of both or one or the other, but giving choices means a better chance at it getting eaten.
- Cut up fruit and add to water to flavor it. Get the kids (and adults) used to the flavor, and watch them go for the real thing soon.
- Make (or buy) smoothies instead of shakes. With real fresh ingredients, kids won’t miss all the sugar filled ice cream and chocolate. And you’ll know they are getting a healthy dose of vitamins from the fruit/veggies.
- Instead of adding pie filling to waffles, pancakes and ice cream, add real fresh fruit.
- Make all snacks fruit or veggies. If you are really THAT hungry, you’ll at least try it.
- For children with texture issues, try offering the same food in several different textures. Juice, puree, dried, frozen and fresh all have different textures, and you never know, you may find 1 (or 2 or 3) that you’re kids really like.
- Puree veggies and add to soups sauces and dips. Veggies you never thought your kids would touch may just go down really smoothly in a cream-based soup, or used to dip their favorite chicken nuggets in.
- Let your kids pick a veggie or 2 from the store to try. If they pick it they will be more likely to at least try it.
- Also allowing them to help with the preparation of said veggie will help them take interest in trying it.
- Don’t underestimate the power of seasoning. Sometimes, all it takes is a shake of salt now to get my oldest to at least TRY a food. Try different variations of recipes too using fresh herbs and other seasoning to add flavor and entice kids (and adults) to eat more.
So there are 12 ways to help your kiddos eat more fruit and veggies. Some you have probably heard over and over. Hopefully a few were new to you and got you thinking. Will you be trying to eat more fruit and veggies in September???
Kimberly Cox, AKA “But Mom” is the voice behind The Adventures of “But Mom” a lifestyle and parenting blog which covers topics from Homeschooling to Mental Illness to Raising Special Needs children and lots of stuff in between, She is the mom of a child with a developmental delay, and another child who has dealt with minor medical problems. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as well as her blog.
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