How many servings of fruits and vegetables should a child eat per day?
More Fruits and vegetables with a goal of 5 servings a day!!
Fruits and vegetables need to be at the core of every meal. ½ cup on average equals a serving size. The balance should be on vegetables with a goal of 3 veggies and 2 fruits.
Helpful references for the “picky eater“ or just the toddler who does not want to eat them. A few links to references to stop the food fight. Local farmers markets are a great resource for fresh in season vegetables. Encourage your child to help engage in the process from picking the vegetables and even cooking them with you. The more they are involved the more help you get with both meal prep and trying new things. Find your references to helpful websites here for recipes and to help you solve your food challenges.
Crops in Season
Farmers Market: Eat Local Eat Fresh
Local farmers markets are a great place to find the freshest fruits and vegetables in season and support your local farmers. Fruits and vegetables have the most vitamins shortly after they are picked. At Farmer Mikes U-Pick you can literally do it yourself and get in some exercise. Here is a link to local farmers markets near you:
Florida Farmers Markets Directory
Farmer Mike's U Pick
When you can't get fresh then frozen and canned will work too!! Here is a good reference:
Fruits and Vegetables All Year Long !
Serving size reference for fruits and vegetables from the American Heart Association. The balance should be on vegetables with a goal of 3 veggies and 2 fruits.
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