Why is the Vegetable Food Group Important
Everyone knows what vegetables are and the newest version of MyPlate puts a huge emphasis on increasing your veggie intake. But unfortunately, vegetables are the least consumed food group from MyPlate, yet they are so important for our body. Vegetables offer our bodies necessary vitamins and minerals that can prevent cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and many other diseases caused by aging. The best thing you can do for your body is to eat 2 ½ - 3 cups per day of a “rainbow of color” - red, green, orange, yellow, and purple vegetables. Make it fun and pretty! - Jill Latham, M.S., R.D.
Teaching Kids About Veggies
Here are some suggestions from the National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI) about how we can teach children about vegetables.
Identify What Your Eating
Teach children to identify the vegetables on their plate and describe it looks like such as shape, color, taste and texture.
What Do Veggies Do For Our Body?
Share with the children what vegetables do for our bodies such as helping our eyes and skin or keeping our digestive tracts healthy.
Fun Activity to Do with the Kids
Use a diagram to show the kids the parts of the vegetable plant.
Tell the children how vegetables grow when you make vegetable soup. When they are eating the soup make an exploration out of it by asking them about the colors of the vegetables or ask them what it tastes like and have them name the vegetables in their bowl.
Get Menus and a Recipe for Minsetrone soup that you can do the Vegetable Exploration activity with!