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Fruits And Veggies To The Rescue!

Kids today consume more calories from sugar or salty fast foods than they did several years ago. These calories provide little nutritional value and are likely to make your child feel sluggish quickly. Fruits and vegetables, on the other hand, are just as tasty and they are packed with vitamins and nutrients that are necessary for your child’s growth. Adding fruits and vegetables to your child’s diet doesn’t have to be fussy. You can put sliced fruits on cereal, pack vegetable sticks for lunch, or try vegetable kebabs for dinner. However you choose to incorporate fruit and veggies into your child’s diet, remember that it is important to their overall development and should be treated as a necessary part of their meals rather than an option. Read below for some helpful tips on choosing fruits and veggies.

  • Fruits like apples, blueberries, cranberries and avocados (yes it’s a fruit!) cleanse the body of toxins, preventing painful health conditions and increasing their metabolism.

  • Fruits like bananas, peaches, apricots, melons, oranges and cantaloupe are rich in potassium, which helps maintain the normal function of the heart, kidneys and muscles.

  • Orange and yellow vegetables like yellow tomatoes, peppers, carrots and yellow beets are rich in Vitamin C, which maintains healthy gums and helps the body absorb iron from food sources.

  • Deep red, blue and purple vegetables have antioxidants that are essential to keep the brain and the heart healthy.

  • Green veggies like broccoli, cabbage, lettuce and kale supply the body with compounds that create enzymes to cleanse the body of toxins.

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Greater Bergen’s Head Start program provides free early childhood education and family services to low-income families in Bergen County, Jersey City and Paterson, NJ. Comprehensive services and resources prepare children for kindergarten, enhance their emotional and physical well-being, and foster stable family relationships.


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