A local Belleville, Ill., grocer is delivering fresh fruits and vegetables to customers' homes, expanding its Market Crate program that had offered prepared boxed produce. The Farmer's Market also has a "Fruit My Cube" program that delivers fresh fruit to workers at their office cubicle.
Parents should set a good example and keep portions small to entice preschool children to eat more fruits and vegetables, registered dietitian Aimee Zipkin writes. She tells parents to buy colorful fruits and veggies, to use cookie cutters to create fun shapes, to offer different types as snacks, and to add fruits and veggies to prepared dishes.
The traditional green-bean casserole often is the only green vegetable on the Thanksgiving menu, but autumn offers hearty options such as kale, Brussels sprouts and broccoli, chef and cookbook author Kim O'Donnel writes. She recommends adding kale to mashed potatoes, turning Brussels sprouts into a slaw side dish and roasting broccoli pickup sticks in the oven.
Children who frequently received home-cooked fruits and vegetables at six months were more likely to consume more fruits and vegetables by age 7 compared with counterparts who received such meals less often, a study in the journal Public Health Nutrition found. Researchers did not find similar benefit in consumption of shop-bought fruits and vegetables. The results underscore the importance of giving fruits and vegetables in the early weaning period, they added.