(Family Features) While students are enjoying summer break, parents should make certain their children are not taking a vacation from the structured meal schedule and guaranteed physical activity that many benefit from during the school year. Nutrition and education experts warn that for too many kids, summer is a time when bad eating habits can prevail.
Child nutrition expert and mother Jodie Shield, RD, says, "It can be a struggle to ensure kids are not only having fun, but also getting the nutrients they need, during the summer months, but there are things you can do to make learning about and eating vegetables fun."
To help parents meet their children's recommended two to five cups of fruits and vegetables each day, Shield offers these inventive activities and delicious recipe ideas all guaranteed to help kids love their veggies.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serves 8 to 10
2. Pour a layer of dirt crumbs into the bottom of a clear container (or for single servings pour into paper cups).
3. Pour dressing over crumbs then add a thicker layer of dirt crumbs on top.
4. Place vegetables into dirt cup or serve them on the side to dip.
Visit LoveYourVeggies.com for more fun recipes, tips and activities to help your kids eat right and beat the heat this summer.
Courtesy of Family Features.
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