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  • Writer's pictureDavid Juarez - NSLP Dir.

6 Tips to eat more Fruits and Vegetables. An Apple a Day? Here's How.

Everyone knows that saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away". Even so, many Americans still have trouble including fruits in their diet. Fruits and vegetables provide vitamins, minerals, and fiber essentials for proper growth and development for children. For adults, a diet abundant in fruits and vegetables protects against heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and possibly some cancers. And everyone can benefit from fiber and Water in fruits and vegetables that fill you up and keep your digestive track working well.

The Following are 6 tips for success:

1. Start Early.

Introduce fruits and vegetables to children when they're young, and continue serving fruits and vegetable often.

2. Be Prepared.

Always have a supply of cut, prepared fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator for easy snacking. Store them in clear containers at eye level.

3. Pack' em up. Include Washed, single servings of fruits or vegetables in your child's packed school lunches every day.

4. Choose 100% Juice. A small serving(4 ounces or 125 milliliters) of 100% juice is a handy fruit serving, but remember to limit 100% fruit juice consumption to no more than 8 ounces(250 milliliters) per day. Juice contains vitamins and minerals, but it naturally contains a large amount of fruit sugar(fructose) and it lacks the fiber found in fresh whole fruit.

5. Trade up.

Substitute fruits or a salad for a side when eating out.

6. Sneak' em in.

Add extra vegetables to foods you prepare from scratch or to prepared foods.

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