Eat your fruits and vegetables. It’s cliché but it’s necessary for you and your family to get the nutrients needed to live a healthy lifestyle. These steps below will help you identify the healthy eating challenges your family faces, and give you specific steps to overcome them and increase fruits and vegetables in your home.
Find Your Fresh Produce Source
Many families struggle with not having easy access to fresh produce. Is this keeping you from getting your family the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables?
If finding healthy produce is hard for you, it is probably hard for others in your community. Organize group trips to grocery stores that may be farther away but offer the foods you need. Or show the demand for fruits and vegetables in your area and organize a farmer’s market closer to you.
Prepare Fruits and Vegetables the Way You Like Them
You might not like raw broccoli but steamed broccoli you just might love. Don’t give up on your produce if you don’t like it the first time. Getting healthy produce to your family’s table is the first step to eating healthier. Getting your family to actually eat those new fruits and veggies can be just as challenging.
Ease healthy options into your old ways of eating. Add a fruit or veggie to your family’s favorite dishes. It’s not hard to incorporate peas, carrots or other vegetables to your favorite pasta sauces or casseroles. Eating healthier doesn’t mean eating food you don’t like but rather finding and eating the healthy foods you do like.
Keep Healthy Options on the Table
Convenience often determines what we eat. During mealtime, dish out your meats and starches at the stove and bring the fruits and veggies with you to the table. Making healthy foods the only available options for seconds will cut down on portion sizes and increase consumption of much needed fruits and vegetables.
Get the Kids Involved
Include your kids when you plan, shop, and cook your fruits and veggies. Kids are more likely to try a new fruit or vegetable that they chose or helped prepare. At the store, kids get to see, feel, and attach a name to the many fruits and vegetables found in our produce sections. In the kitchen, they will get a chance to see how that same piece of produce is prepared, mixed in with their meals, and tastes. If they decide that they do not like it, there are always new fruits and vegetables to try and different ways to prepare them.
Go Frozen or Canned
When fresh fruit isn’t available, look for frozen or canned fruits and veggies without added salt or sugar. Canned fruits and vegetables hold the same nutrient base as fresh produce and are reasonably priced.