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Super 1 Foods | Posted Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 06:35AM

Kid Friendly Fruits and VegetablesWays to Get Kids to Eat Better

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate recommends eating less but more often, and to make half the plate fruits and vegetables. Shoppers can use NuVal® Scores in-store to compare nutritional value.

How do you get kids to eat their fruits and vegetables? Make it fun.

Here are USDA MyPlate Tips to entice them back to the table:

  1. Caterpillar kebabs: Assemble chunks of melon, apple, orange and pear on skewers for a fruity kebab. For a raw veggie version, use vegetables like zucchini, cucumbers, squash, sweet peppers or tomatoes.
  2. Potato person: Decorate half a baked potato. Use sliced cherry tomatoes, peas and low-fat cheese on the potato to make a funny face.
  3. Fruity peanut butterfly: Start with carrot sticks or celery for the body. Attach wings made of thinly sliced apples with peanut butter, and decorate with halved grapes or dried fruit.
  4. Personalized pizza: Set up a pizza-making station in your kitchen. Use whole-wheat English muffins as a crust. Spread tomato sauce over your crust, and top with low-fat cheese and chopped vegetables.
  5. Frosty fruits: Place fruit like sliced bananas, melon chucks or grapes in the freezer. To make a “popsicle,” insert a stick into fruit before freezing.
  6. Homemade trail mix: Use your favorite nuts, dried fruit and whole-grain cereal to make a homemade trail mix.
  7. Bug on a log: Use celery, cucumbers or carrot sticks as the log. Spread peanut butter over the log. Top with dried fruit like raisins, cranberries or cherries.
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