The Wonder of Fruits and Veggies!!
Whatever the reaction of children is for fruits and vegetables but the truth that they boost up their health never changed.
Consumption of fruits and veggies benefits children in several ways. It includes improved nutrition, decreased obesity risk and better school performance. But inspite of this, only 22% of toddlers and preschoolers meet the government recommendations, according to the Research of Ohio State.
We encourage children to consume fruits and veggies in their diets properly to meet their nutritional demands as well as to enhance their performance. Children’s growing bodies requires vitamins, minerals and other healthy components. Citrus fruits are rich in Vitamin C. Carrots are loaded with Vitamin A which helps to improve eye vision, Spinach contains a lot of iron which helps to build up the haemoglobin in the body. Fruits and veggies are high in filling fibres but low in fat and calories. Aware children about the difference between the consumption of fruits instead of sugary compounds which are available in markets at large quantities.
Consumption of fruits and veggies make their digestive system healthy and maintained. It also helps to cope up with the problem of constipation happening in kids. Children with healthy diets performed better on academic tests than children who consumed fewer fruits and vegetables in a study published in the April 2008 issue of the “Journal of School Health.”
Following are the ways through which you can encourage your children to consume fruits and veggies:-
Set you as their Examples
Children grab the habits of their parents. Whatever they do, they try to copy them. Share your food with them and teach them about the value of fruits and veggies during lunch time. Set right habits for them. Setting the right example to get Children to eat right requires parental self-discipline.
Try different fruits and veggies everyday
Serve different fruits and veggies to your child everyday and garnish them in a creative way. Children are curious to know about different fruits and you can easily encourage them to consume them.
A great mixup proves to be a great work
If your child loves cheese and maccroni, then mix it with steamed broccoli or some tomatoes. If your child loves chips, then serve it with home made tomato sauce. These type of mixup add the beneficiary aroma of fruits and veggies in their diets without even noticing by them.
Fruit and vegetables are a great source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre.
Eating fruit and vegetables every day helps children and teenagers grow and develop, boosts their vitality and can reduce the risk of many chronic diseases – such as heart disease, high blood pressure, some forms of cancer and being overweight or obese.