Make Fruit & Veggies Count
If there's one food group where kids are often shortchanged, it's fruits and vegetables. A recent Canadian report found that only 20 percent of children aged 6 through 12 eat the minimum of five servings a day. Keep in mind that a child who refuses cooked carrots may gobble up a colourful plate of crunchy raw veggies with a tasty dip. Or offer a tin of tomato or vegetable juice. Fruits and vegetables are full of nutrients and it's important to establish healthy eating habits early in life.
Kids take great pleasure in eating a variety of wholesome foods they like - so encourage this! You'll be helping to broaden his or her repertoire of foods and in doing so, practice one of the most basic principles of healthy eating, eat a variety of foods.