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.
Looking for fun classroom activities that educate students about the benefits of fruit? Download these PDFs to learn more.
- Fun Facts about California Peaches
- How to follow dietary guidelines at home
- All about California Peach orchards
- Smoothie recipe
- How to link learning, nutrition and American agriculture
- Easy peach maze worksheet
- All about National Nutrition Month
- Nutritional facts about California Peaches
- Riddle worksheet about pears
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 cereals sweeter by adding pears or peaches.
- Make healthier choices for snacking like Seneca's 100-calorie Apple Chip Snack bags or Libby's® Single Fruit Cups make easy snack choices.
- Create delicious smoothies by adding fruit with yogurt.