I’ve heard of the concept of filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables. Does this also hold true for children? If so, I do have some concerns about food costs and the time involved in their preparation. Do you have any tips about these issues?
Yes, filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables is definitely a healthy way to go for the whole family – except for infants whose nutritional needs are different.
Eating more produce packed with nutrients and assorted health-promoting compounds offers a variety of perks including easier weight management and a decreased likelihood of developing many chronic diseases. Yet Canadians fall short on meeting the recommended number of servings of these foods on a daily basis. As a result, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Public Health Association and the Canadian Cancer Society have teamed up to improve fruit and veggie consumption in Canada through an initiative called Half Your Plate at halfyourplate.ca. Check it out as it’s got plenty of helpful resources for you including recipes and videos.
A redesign of your family’s dinner plate can help put you on the right track. But you’re not alone if you feel there are barriers to boosting your family’s intake. Cost, availability and time for preparation are common concerns but they need not stand in the way.
Here are some tips to incorporate more of these nutritious eats into meals:
Originally published in ParentsCanada magazine, Fall 2017.