What better time than "cold and flu season" to learn about the vitamins and nutrients we receive from fruits and vegetables!!
This week in our Operation Frontline class we taught the kids about eating enough cups of fruits and vegetables to get their daily requirements and help fight off infection and sickness. The kids loved everything we cooked and did a great job helping to cook and clean up afterwards. They learned that we get important vitamins, such as vitamin C and vitamin A from various fruits and vegetables. It is also important to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables because their nutrient contents vary, so it is best to cover all your bases! Fruits and vegetables also contain fiber, which helps to regulate our digestive system and keep things running smoothly. The best picks for fruits and vegetables that have the most nutrients are those that are red, orange, dark green, and dark yellow. All of these are higher in vitamins and nutrients than other fruits and vegetables! Make a rainbow of color on your plate and feel the difference.
We made fruit smoothies out of vanilla yogurt, orange juice, fresh bananas and fresh strawberries to show the kids that you can get your daily servings of fruits in a fast and healthy way! Try a smoothie for breakfast today to start your day off GREAT!!