Thursday, June 5, 2014

June is National Fruit & Veggie Month

The daily recommended allowance for fruits and vegetables for children between the ages of two and six is 5 or more servings per day (2 fruits, 3 vegetables). This can be quite challenging to do in one day, especially if you have a picky eater on your hands. Here are six ideas to ensure your child gets his or her 5-a-day!

1) Smoothies
Smoothies make great breakfasts, snacks and “treats.” Look for recipes that include fruits, vegetables and protein. Or try one of Sprout’s Smash Smoothies when you’re on the go!

2) Yogurt Mix-ins
Mix fresh fruit or no-sugar-added jam into your child’s Greek yogurt.

3) Veggies and Dip
Toddlers love dipping things, so offer fresh or steamed veggies with dipping sauces. Carrot sticks, sugar snap peas, or fresh or steamed broccoli with ranch dip all make great snacks and/or side dishes. Other popular dip choices include Greek yogurt dips, guacamole, and Thousand Island dressing.

4) Fruit Blends/Purees
Look for fruit blends and purees with multiple fruit ingredients, not just apples! If you haven’t already, try Toddler Superfruit Purees, that contain organic fruit blends.

5) Pancakes/Waffles
Mix fresh berries such as blueberries, blackberries and strawberries in the batter before cooking your pancakes and waffles.

6) Toddler Snacks
Toddlers love snacks that are made just for their little hands and Sprout's Fruit & Veggie Crispy Chews and Fruity Yogurt Bites contain wholesome and organic fruit and vegetable ingredients. Try them!

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