FIND OUT HOW TO HELP KIDS MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES FOR THEIR ACTIVE LIFESTYLES!
It is important to introduce healthy foods at a young age for better eating patterns in the future. By making healthy foods fun this will be an easier task. Bring your kids to the grocery store, let them prepare foods at home and explore some of these resources together to get started.
Fruits and Vegetables: When it comes to fruits and vegetables, more matters! All forms count which includes whole fruits and vegetables, canned varieties, frozen options, dried and 100% juice. Allow kids to try all different kinds from eggplant to nectarines! Fruit and vegetables make great snacks and during meal time aim to fill half of their plate with these nutrient dense foods. Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals that help prevent illness and are important for brain function. Be sure to let the kids stop by our Free Fruit for Kids stand in the produce department while you shop.
Grains: Whole grains are the best choice when it comes to grains. Whole grains contain fiber which helps to keep kids fuller longer. Look for cereals, bread, crackers and pasta with the Whole Grain stamp. Popcorn is a whole grain that many kids like and makes a great healthy snack!
Protein Foods: There are plant and animal sources of protein that your child is sure to enjoy. Protein foods include sliced turkey, scrambled eggs, peanut butter, fish sticks and beans. Protein serves as the building blocks for muscles that children are developing everyday as they grow.
Dairy: Dairy is an excellent source of calcium which is important for strong bones. Milk or milk alternatives like soymilk is the most popular dairy choice, yogurt and cheese are also good options. Ice cream is included as well, limit this however or choose a frozen yogurt variety instead!
Activity: Physical activity it important for young children and adolescents. Regular physical activity has many benefits from better sleep now to lower risk of chronic disease later. Beginning at age 6 kids should be physically active every day for at least 60 minutes total. Physical activity can be organized like a youth soccer game or simply playing at the park.
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This medical and/or nutritional information is not intended to be a substitute for individual advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.