March is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme, “Go Further with Food,” encourages healthy eating habits and reducing food waste. Learn how to help your family eat better and “Go Further with Food.”
We know eating well can be tough–especially when you are a busy parent. Kids’ early eating experiences can affect how they eat as they get older. That’s why it’s so important to introduce them to healthy foods, including fruits and vegetables, from the very beginning. It all starts with knowing how much you need and then incorporating healthy foods into your family’s diet. It is also important that you have access to nutritious foods in places where you and your family live, learn, work, and play.
Why Fruits and Veggies?
Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables helps children get the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. Help your children go further with food by involving them in planning meals and preparing food at an early age.Plan your meals to eat better and avoid waste.Eating fresh fruit for a mid-morning snack is a lot easier when you pack it in advance.
Is My Family Getting Enough?
Most Americans do not eat enough fruits and vegetables. In 2015, only 12% of adults ate enough fruit and 9% ate enough vegetables. In 2013, 9% of adolescents ate enough fruit and 2% ate enough vegetables. The USDA’s ChooseMyPlate can help you find out if you have enough fruits and vegetables in your diet and choose the healthy foods and drinks for that work for your family.
According to the American Heart Association when you eat a wide variety of fruits and veggies, you get the wide variety of nutrients your body needs to be healthy and strong. The American Heart Association recommends filling at least half your plate with fruits and veggies working towards eating the recommended 5 cups of vegetables and 4 cups of fruits every day.
The Juice Plus+ Company knows it's hard to eat this quantity and quality of fruits and veggies to your busy lifestyle. To help you the Children’s Health Study was created by Juice Plus+ to help fuel the next generation with the daily recommended fruits and vegetables children need while also establishing good health habits in their life, giving parents a successful way to guide their families into a lasting, healthier lifestyle. Click here to watch the video
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