Fruits and vegetables carry a deserved reputation as a great contributor in helping us stay healthy and in good shape, and is associated with a reduced risk of many serious diseases.
Studies have shown that there is a link between, increased consumption of fruits and vegetables with reduced risk of cancer (such as cancer of the oral cavity, throat, stomach, colon and respiratory system).
Thus, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is associated with reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure (hypertension), anemia and immune system.
Fruits and vegetables help us prevent various diseases, and they are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and fiber, contain little fat and contain folic acid (green leaf vegetables).
Here are some creative tips to encourage your kids to eat more fruits and vegetables:
- Make mashed pumpkin or sweet potato instead of regular.
- Power up pizza with tomato, peppers, mushrooms, pineapple, young garlic and spinach
- Add vegetables in soup. Cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, parsley.For example you can cut the carrots in interesting shapes.
- Fill the roast potatoes with wheat grains, young garlic, mushrooms and red pepper.
- Be creative in serving the salad. Do not just make a salad of tomato and cucumber, add green and red pepper cubes, shredded mushrooms, grated ginger, chopped onion circles, spinach leaves or any other favorite vegetable. Colorful salads are fun and exciting to eat.
- Fruit to green salads– try the pear slices, apples, grapes, mango, strawberries, almonds and cranberries.
- Add some shredded bananas or blueberries in the dough for pancakes.
- Exotic fruits such as papaya, mango or pineapple in fruit salad.
- Blend apples, ginger, carrot and orange, and serve it as a refreshing drink.
With a little creativity and effort you can encourage your children to eat more fruits and vegetables and to enrich their diet, and thus to strengthen their body.