Hi, friends! I couldn’t wait to hit publish on this post. I was recently contacted by Whole Foods to write a post about their “Eat Your Greens to Give Some Green” campaign. On Sunday, September 9th, Whole Foods Market will donate $1 for every pound of food purchased as its salad and hot food bars in its Southern Pacific region stores (including Las Vegas!) to help put salad bars in local schools through the Whole Kids Foundation. The Whole Kids Foundation is “an organization devoted to improving children’s nutrition and wellness with the goal of ending the childhood obesity epidemic.”
Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools is an initiative of the Food Family Farming Foundation, National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance, United Fresh Produce Association Foundation and Whole Foods Markets to
support First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative.
Working with kids first hand as a dietitian and hearing how unhealthy the school lunches can be, I was happy to write a post about the importance of incorporating more healthy options in schools. By having salad bars at school, kids will not only benefit by having more nutritious foods but will also gain more exposure to various types of produce. Some children may not be so fortunate to have healthy items in their homes so it’s great opportunity for them to be provided this at school.
One of the complaints I often get from parents is their children won’t eat vegetables. Here are a few of my favorite tips to get their child to try more fruits and vegetables.
If you don’t succeed, try again. Kids at times may need to be offered a new food 8-10 times before trying it. Encourage them to try produce different ways as well (ex: grilled, baked, steamed etc.).
Encourage your child to choose produce. By letting your child what fruits and vegetables they like (say by going to Whole Foods salad bar ) they are more likely to eat them.
Make it fun! Cutting fruits and vegetables into fun shapes as well as including a delicious dip are great ways to get your kids to eat their produce.
I encourage my local readers to visit Whole Foods at it’s two Vegas locations
6689 Las Vegas Boulevard and 8855 West Charleston Boulevard as well as 100 South Green Valley Parkway in Henderson on September 9th.
For other locations in the Southern Pacific region store be sure to visit this link.
If you have children, do they have healthy options at their schools? What are your favorite tips to get kids to each their fruits and veggies?
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Whole Foods Market.