Best of Resourceful Parenting: How Many Fruits and Vegetables Do Kids Need?

As I enjoy this holiday season with my family, I’d like to share some of my favorite posts from 2010…

You know the old saying.

An apple a day…is just about impossible to get my kid to eat.

Not the way you remembered it?  When my daughter was a toddler, I was sure nutrition would never be an issue for her.  She snacked on fruit and even vegetables often as we went about our normal daily activities.  Mid-morning might provide some time for strawberry slices, and nearly every afternoon included a banana, sometimes with peanut butter.  There was applesauce with her cereal in the morning, and carrot sticks were a staple every night.  Since she is now in school from 8:45 until 4:00, many of my old stand-by “sneak in some nutrition” times have disappeared. That does not, however, mean that I cannot help her receive the recommended servings of fruits and veggies each day.  Half the battle is, of course, knowing how many fruits and vegetables are kids really need each day.

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