There is no question that children need to eat their veggies.

Studies indicate, however, that the majority of children and adolescents aren’t even consuming half of what the daily recommendations are for fruits and vegetables.  The United States Department of Agriculture (UDSA) recommends that adolescents and adults consume five to thirteen servings of fruits and vegetables daily.  This equals about 2 1/2 to 6 1/2 cups, depending upon caloric intake.  For a person eating approximately 2000 calories per day this would be about 4 1/2 cups per day.   Young children ages 6 and under require only slightly fewer servings per day and should still consume a minimum of 2 cups of vegetables and one cup of fruit. Although we know that children should be eating their fruits and veggies, the toughest piece of this puzzle is getting them to actually put them in their mouths.  We all know those faces that kids make when they are faced with eating foods they would rather not try.

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