Some youngsters actually do enjoy variety of plant-based foods and generally consume the recommended daily servings of key food groups. Unfortunately, many children snub their noses at fruits and vegetables, so parents face daily mealtime challenges.
As you know, the benefits of eating a plant-based diet beginning in early childhood are plentiful. Fruits and vegetables are lower in calories than many processed foods; they are abundant in phytochemicals, fiber, and vitamins and minerals. Over the next few weeks, we will discuss the benefits of eating a variety of plant-based foods starting in childhood, and will offer strategies to help your family embrace fruits and vegetables at every meal.