Are you eating at least 3 servings of vegetables and 2 servings of fruit EVERY day?
The most recent State Indicator on Fruits and Vegetables reports that only 14% of adults & 9.5% of adolescents are getting enough of both.
Though overall, New England states rank above many other states when it comes to health status, we are still well below the recommendation. Here is how we rank: the percentage of adults and adolescents consuming enough fruits (≥2) and vegetables (≥3) daily.
New Hampshire: 16.2% of adults; 10.1% of adolescents
Maine: 17.7% of adults; 10.0% of adolescents
Mass: 16.4% of adults
Vermont: 17.9% of adults; 11.4% of adolescents
Mississippi: 8.8% of adults; 7.9% of adolescents
Arkansas: 11.2% of adults; 5.2 % of adolescents
South Carolina: 9.3% of adults; 6.3% of adolescents
Utah: 13.2% of adults; 7.4% of adolescents
Although we rank above many other states, we all have a LOT of room for improvement.
Some easy tips I use for getting my toddler to eat plenty of fruits & veggies.
Add fruits & veggies into baking- banana bread, zucchini bread, blueberry pancakes (this will most likely not account for a whole serving but helps overall)
Add extra veggies into eggs, pasta, pizza, and quesadillas
Kids love to dip- cut up fruit or vegetables to be dipped in hummus, guacamole, dressing, or peanut butter
Add a side of fruit or vegetables or both to each meal
Whole fruit is a great on-the-go snack & much less messy in the car
Blend fruits into smoothies & drink or freeze into pops
Serve fruit as dessert
*Give them choices.
*Make it fun.
Your kids are far less likely to fuss about eating their fruits & veggies if that’s what they are used to.
Other helpful resources for getting yours kids to eat fruits & veggies.