Every parent knows that the key to a more nutritious approach to family meals starts with the youngest members of the family. Introducing children to a diverse diet at an early age can help reinforce healthier eating habits throughout adulthood.
Our Seneca nutrition experts recommend these methods for adults serving children fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid the "clean plate" deal, which can create negative impressions. Suggest two-three bites before forming an opinion. After all, young palates develop over time.
- Exposure is important. Incorporate healthy fruits and vegetables into as many dishes as possible in as many ways as you can. At Seneca, we make this task affordable.
- Cut veggies and fruit into shapes or arrange faces on the plate to create a fun meal time.
- If all else fails, try camouflage. Adding vegetables to sauces, omelets, pizza, and baked goods can give them an "added boost" of nutrition without a hassle.
- Before establishing a cafeteria menu, ask students to share their favorite fruits and vegetables to plan meals they’re sure to enjoy.
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Even adults sometimes need reminders on how to eat well-balanced diets. These tips can help add a more diverse assortment of fruits and vegetables into daily meals.
- Start the day off right by incorporating vegetables and fruit with breakfast selections.
- Add spinach or sweet peas to omelets or sauté chopped onions, bell peppers with scrambled eggs.
- Make healthier choices for snacking like trying the 100-calorie snack size of our delicious Seneca Apple Chips.
- Create delicious smoothies by adding fruit with yogurt.