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A fresh change
Adding more fruits and veggies to your family's diet is easier than you think.

Let’s face it – kids are notoriously unenthusiastic about eating fruits and veggies. Sometimes it’s the color they don’t like, sometimes it’s the texture, and sometimes it’s the taste. But there are a few tips and tricks that you can use to encourage them and help create a healthy habit that will last a lifetime.

How much do they need?
Depending on age and gender, kids need different amounts of fruits and vegetables in their diet. If you know what to aim for, it will be easier to reach that goal.

Here are the recommended servings according to the United States Department of Agriculture:

 Age

 Girls

 Boys

 2-3 years old

 1 cup

 1 cup

 4-8 years old

 1 to 1.5 cups

 1.5 cups

 9-13 year olds

 1.5 cups

 2 to 2.5 cups

 14-18 year olds

 1.5 to 2 cups

 2.5 to 3 cups

Keep them colorful
When you stop and think about it, green just isn’t a very appealing color for a food. So don’t just stop at the sugar snap peas and green apples and call it a day. Fill your grocery cart with produce in a variety of colors – beets, blueberries, yams, plums, radishes, pink grapefruit and more. Kids will respond to the variety, while also getting a full spectrum of essential nutrients.

Make them available
One of the difficulties in having fresh fruit and vegetables available to your family is the duration challenge. Produce has a relatively shorter shelf life than dry, packaged snacks. Solution: transparent and stackable Rubbermaid Produce Saver containers. They actually extend the freshness of whole (uncut) produce such as cherry tomatoes and strawberries—“before washing” until you are ready to prepare or consume them—by lifting them out of any moisture with Crisp Tray™ and allowing them to breathe with the Fresh Vents™.

Produce that’s ready to eat belongs in Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids containers. The trick is to create ready-to-eat portions. A whole watermelon sitting in the bottom of the fridge is going to get passed over in favor of easy-to-grab potato chips every time. The same goes for a bag of carrots or even an unwashed carton of strawberries, which is why you need to spend some time making it easy to eat before it goes in the fridge. By prepping the produce you’re making it a simple choice for someone with a growling tummy. Wash and store cut up celery and carrot sticks or chunks of sliced watermelon in Easy Find Lids containers to make them more accessible. Having everything prepared or “portioned out” for the kids makes it easy for them to grab—the perfect, healthy alternative to snacking on junk food. When you’re not using the containers, they organize neatly because the lids snap to the bases so they never get lost.

Sneak them in
If you’ve got a crew that refuses to go near fruit and vegetables in their fresh form, it’s time to get stealthy. Spaghetti sauce can hide green peppers and mushrooms, especially if they’re finely diced, and it’s hard to tell there’s a banana in the room when they’re mashed up in banana bread. Chili and soup can only taste better with a few added veggies and you can add a little moisture to your baked goods with pureed fruits. For plenty of great ideas on hiding vegetables in your children’s food, see how the experts do it at sneakychef.com or deceptivelydelicious.com.