BY ANN FREY, RDN, LD
Holidays are a wonderful time of year, filled with favorite family dishes and yummy baked goods! Moderation is key in making sure your little ones are fueling up on healthy foods too. Here are 5 quick tips on how to liven up your child’s plate with nutritious fruits and vegetables to add color, flavor, texture, fiber, and more! Happy holidays!
- Add veggies to casseroles – mix in vegetables such as sautéed onions, peppers, or broccoli to your favorite dish.
- Add apples, bananas, blueberries, cranberries, or oranges to your favorite breads or muffins for some extra antioxidant power.
- Make a delicious smoothie for dessert with fruits and veggies by blending fresh or frozen strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, pineapple, banana, and/or spinach. Add liquid such as milk for some added calcium and vitamin D!
- Boost the color and flavor of a morning omelet by adding peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, spinach, onion, or tomato. Top with avocado for some extra color and healthy fats.
- Pre-cut fruits and vegetable “sticks” for a quick afternoon snack or as part of an appetizer tray. Some favorites include red and green peppers, celery or carrot sticks, snap peas, apple slices, grapes, orange and pear slices. Dip in Greek yogurt or hummus for extra textures and flavors!