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When it comes to good nutrition, all forms of fruits and vegetables matter—fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice. With 200+ options and a variety of convenient packaging to make fruits and vegetables easy to store and easy to serve, there’s bound to be something to please everyone!
 
Fresh, Frozen, Canned, Dried, 100% Juice - All forms of fruits and vegetables matter
  • Most frozen and canned foods are processed within hours of harvest, so their flavor and nutritional value are preserved. 5 Facts about Canned Foods
  • Studies show that recipes prepared with canned foods had similar nutritional values to those prepared with fresh or frozen ingredients.
  • Canned foods are "cooked" prior to packaging, so they
    are recipe-ready.
  • Frozen foods also require little preparation—washing
    and slicing, for instance, is already done.

 

All forms of fruits and vegetables count toward your daily recommendation.
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I'm a middle school teacher and full-time mom. What free materials are available to incorporate fruits and vegetables in our school curriculum and at home?

We offer a number of free activity sheets, recipes and nutritional information on our website, http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org, under Get Kids Involved section.  Because we are a non-profit organization, we are not able to send free, promotional materials f...   



How can I start a Fruits & Veggies™More Matters program in my child's school cafeteria?

We have several resources that your school’s foodservice department may find helpful, if you would like to implement a nutritional program in your school.  We have two foodservice guides available.  The titles are listed below: School Foodservice Guide...   



My 8-year old son is picky eater and won't eat his vegetables. What suggestions do you have?

Experts who have worked with children have found that sometimes you need to expose them to new foods 8-10 times before they will accept it.  Try involving your son in cooking, such as shucking corn or rinsing vegetables.  Encourage his involvement in food shoppin...   



My almost six year old son is almost 80 lbs. I cant get him to eat anything but starch, dary, brocoli and manderin oranges in juice. I have him help prepar food and vegies, even deserts with friut, but he wont eat it. Also he is hungry every 30 minuts. Any sugestions?

Without knowing your sons’ height, it is difficult to judge where his weight falls on a growth chart. As for your son being hungry every thirty minutes, does he have any underlying medical conditions or take any medication? If the answer to both of those questions is...   



Hello - my 6-year-old will not even try fruits or vegetables. This is ironic as I am a vegetarian and she sees me eat veggies and fruits all day long with relish. I cannot make her try even one bite of anything except sweet potato and pesto, which we make together and in which we use peas and spinach. I can coax her into eating a creamed soup with spinach and potato, also, but that is literally it. No fruit, no other vegetable, raw or cooked. Bribes have not worked. Withholding dessert has not worked. She knows she should eat fruits and vegetables daily but simply asks for pesto every single day - then declares she is full after a few bites. Help!!!!

First, focus on the positives-she likes to eat sweet potatoes and pesto (which you said contains peas and spinach)!  Next, remember that it takes kids about 10-15 times of seeing a food before they will accept it. Since you said you are a vegetarian and eat fruits and...   



What suggestions do you have for improving nutritional intake in autistic children. It is very difficult to ensure that autistic children obtain the proper amount of calories and nutrients due to their issues with various food textures. Any advice in this area?

Feeding special needs children presents many challenges, not the least of which is the food itself. In many cases, there are also swallowing difficulties and occupational therapy issues to consider.  Without knowing the child’s physical conditions or abilities, ...   



I am looking for young kid friendly receipes. Something that can be cooked and ate in 45 minutes. Any suggestions. This is mainly for grade K

Cooking is a great way to get kids involved and kids love eating their own creations! When cooking with kids, make sure they know the rules of the kitchen: always wash your hands with soap and water before touching any foods, and let an adult handle sharp knives and hot di...   



how can i eat healthy food and stay fit

The ‘2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans’ provides recommendations for choosing healthful foods and staying fit. Click here to access information for incorporating the guidelines into your lifestyle. Click here to learn about the importance of one of the guid...   



I saw your ad and campaign on Eglin Air Force Base. I am very interested in having something for our kids at the school. Even maybe some colorful, appetizing posters for our bare and depressing gray walls. Looking forward to hearing from you.Norha850-689-1403

You can locate some free, downloadable materials for kids on this site or at www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov. Posters and other materials for kids are also available through our online catalog. You can also locate some downloadable materials for kids at http://www.mypyramid...   



my partners 9 year old has just asked us what the difference is between white and brown suger but the truth is, apart fron the colour im not sure. please help

Brown sugar and raw sugar are both brown beca us e they contain molasses. Molasses is one of the byproducts formed when sugar is refined from sugar cane juice (or sugar beet juice). Brown sugar is made by adding molasses to white sugar. Raw sugar, also called Turbinado, De...   



I am doing my coursework for 5 a day and was hoping you could give me information on 5 a day?

5-A-Day has been replaced by Fruits & Veggies More Matters and you can find out more about this initiative by clicking here. The current recommendations are for MORE than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day, and you can find out the recommended number of daily...   



don't know how to cook but want to get more veggies in our diet. I don't know anything about veggies so I never know how to pick them when shopping or how to cook them so that my 5 year old will eat them. Can you help?

Many vegetables can be eaten raw or cooked, and children often prefer them raw. You might choose one new vegetable each week, look it up in our database here to see how to select and store it, then check here for recipes for both cooked and raw vegetables that you might en...   



My 13 yr old son stays w/my ex-wife through the wk during the school yr and my wife and I get him in the summer. He isn't getting good meals at his Mom's, but we only have him for 2 days and trying to do that in a wknd sometimes just doesn't work...HELP!!!

“Not getting good meals” can mean many things, but often includes too much junk food and not enough fruits and vegetables. If your son likes fruits and vegetables, you might consider sending some of his favorites back with him. If not, providing selections that...   



How do I know how many calories are in my food at school if they just put it on our tray?

School lunches are planned to meet certain standards related to fat, salt, and calories. To get more information, your foodservice director may be able to tell you who to contact at the district level where lunches are planned....   



I am doing sessiions on fruits and vegetables I meed to know if you have any handouts that I could use? Thank You

We have some downloadable materials for kids on this site (click here) and on our new site for kids – www.foodchamps.org. You can also find materials at www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.gov . The materials in our catalog are available at a reasonable cost, and ca...   



What about grains the new pyramid has 6oz.

The new pyramid suggests 6oz of grains per day for some groups, including girls age 14-18 and boys age 9-13. Half your grains should be whole grains. These are in addition to the fruits and vegetables you should be eating each day. Click here to see how many fruits an...   



Why healthy food is important for us?

Healthy foods provide the nutrients, (like protein and vitamins), that our bodies need to be healthy. You can find some of the nutrients that are in fruits and vegetables by clicking here....   



is the food we eat in the school safe when the cafeteria is not clean and the food taste stale due to the way they serve us. becuasse we recieve the same thing everyday and some of us play sports and could use more food

I’m sorry to hear that you feel that your school meals are unsafe. The Student Council might try to get help from the parents (a petition drive for example) then approach your Principal about improving the situation. Most school lunches are supposed to provide 1/3 o...   



is it ok to loose weight as a young teen if you do it healthy

It is generally recommended that young teens do not lose weight, but instead, try not to gain any more as they grow. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables can help. Click here for great recipes using fruits and vegetables, and here for help with ways to get more into y...   



i dont know how make my kids eat veggies,can i get some recepies.thank you

It is difficult, if not impossible to make kids eat veggies if they don’t want to. There are some tips that will help.   First and foremost, it is important that they see you eating them, and that they be served daily at meals so that kids are used to ...   



Hi ,We would like to emphasize healthy eating with the children at our school next year. Do you have any promotional materials that are available without cost? Thank you. P.S. we have 450 students in pre-K through grade 8. Thanks!

We have some downloadable materials on this site (click here) and on our new site for kids – www.foodchamps.org. You can also find materials at www.mypyramid.gov. The materials in our catalog are available at a reasonable cost, and can be viewed here.  ...   



My 7th grade students are researching healthy eating. Their research question is, "Which is healthier, fruits or vegetables?" Any insight you can provide would be very appreciated.

  That’s a very difficult question because both are very healthy and contain a variety of different nutrients and substances that are important for health. Click here to find more information about the nutritional content of fruits and vegetables, as well ...   



My 13 yr old absolutely will not eat anything that I cook. The only veggie he'll eat is carrots. He won't touch fruit at all. I've struggled with this for his whole life and I'm at a point I'm worn down. In trying to keep this short, I just don't know what to do anymore - he won't even taste things at times!

Adolescence can be trying- for kids and their parents! It is an age for exerting their growing independence, which in your case, may be taking the form of rejecting your cooking. Your son doesn’t need to eat your cooking, but he does need to eat foods that will allow...   



Hi, I have used the 5 a day Challenge activity for years with my fifth graders and can not find these activity charts on the new site. Are these pages available? Can you navigate steps for me to download? Thank you, Karen Hume.

It’s great that you have incorporated fruit and veggie activities into your teaching. With the change in the program from 5 A Day to Fruits & Veggies—More Matters®, we have updated our activities for children. There are some activities related to &...   



Is there a chart available for moms to hang in kitchen for the kids to check off as they eat there five fruits and veggies a day?Thanks

Our kids’ website – www.FoodChamps.org - has an “Eater Meter” that can help kids track their fruit and veggie intake, as well as other activities and recipes to help make eating fruits and vegetables fun. ...   



my 7 year old son will not eat fruit or veg we have tried many things but he says he dosnt like the taste, slimy, sour, ect he has vitamins instead but is very pale, he only eats chicken aswell any help????

Feeding picky eaters can be a challenge but hang in there! Click here for our Frequently Asked Questions and some tips about getting kids to eat veggies. You can find some kid-friendly recipes by clicking here.  ...   



What are the top 10 nutricious snacks for children?

The top 10 nutritious snacks for children would include many fruits and vegetables as well as foods from other food groups. Click here for our “Top 10 ways to get kids involved” in health eating.  ...   



What fruits and vegetables are most popular with kids?

Like adults, kids vary in their taste preferences for fruits and vegetables.  Some kids take to the taste of fruits and vegetables differently, and the most important thing is to keep exposing to and offering kids a variety. Click on our ‘Get Kids Involved&...   



I have a 5 yr old and 2 yr old, many times they will not eat what I cook. I have tried putting foil on it and saving it for later, the 5 yr old says she will just wait until it goes bad. The 2 yr old will not try anything, even things she's had before, like spaghetti. Please help!

It is fairly common for children to dislike new foods. It often takes repeated exposure to a new food for the child to readily eat it. When introducing new foods to your children, be sure to include another food at the meal that the children enjoy. Introduce each new food ...   



Typical lunch for my grandson is 1 slice of bread, one string cheese, 6 oz mild. He turns down the meatballs or hot dogs he requested. He strips bun from cheeseburger and eats the bun but not the burger. he is 4 and a half and is losing weight. He is very active but is not hungry. Cause for concern?

It’s great that your grandson is very active! Little children have little stomachs and do better with little snacks throughout the day instead of 3 large meals. If your grandson does not care for meat, snacks can include other sources of protein such as eggs, fish dr...   



Dear Dr. Pivonka:I am a doctoral student at U of Ct focused on child obesity. What creative ways are there to motivate usage of fruits and veggies among kids. Most stores in cities here dont have fruits and veggies for sale at all, no supermarkets. best, david

We offer tips for parents on this website in the 'Get Kids Involved' section.  You can also check out our resources for teachers and health professionals at www.pbhfoundation.org. ...   



My nephew will only eat broccoli,sweetcorn and peas, sausages and chicken and baked beans,bread and milk and green apples. He refuses all other fruits, veg and meats and fish. Is he getting enough? He won't even try strawberries or ice-cream.

 It’s not unusual for young children to have “food jags” and to stick with a few foods at a time.  I’m actually impressed with this list -- he could be doing much worse.  I wouldn’t be overly concerned since he’s getting a...   



how childrens involve the eating fruits

Check out our Get Kids Involved section for tips on how to help kids learn about the benefits of fruits and vegetables....   



For my infant which is a better vegetable carrots or sweet potato?

Carrots and sweet potatoes are both healthy options that are good sources of vitamins A and C and potassium.  Sweet potatoes contain a little bit more of all three of these nutrients.  It would be a good idea to alternate between the two vegetables, giv...   



WHAT ARE SOME FUN HEALTHY SNACK TO TAKE TO MY FIVE YEAR OLD'S CLASSROOM FOR SNACK TIME. VEGGIE AND FRUIT DIPPERS ARE SOME OF THE NORM. I JUST WANT TO ADD SOME VARIETY, AND SOME FUN?

Check out our Top 10 Fruit Snacks for Kids for some great ideas! Also check out our Top 10 Ways to Get Kids Involved in Healthy Shopping and Cooking....   



Why do babies eat more food

Babies are growing at a very rapid pace (I am sure you can tell this from how quickly their shoe size and clothes sizes change). Therefore, their metabolism is much faster. Babies tend to eat a lot of smaller meals as well so they present an illusion of actually eating mor...   



How can I encourage my child to eat more fruits and vegetables?

Q: How to make your child eat more veggies? A: Encouraging your child to eat more fruits and vegetables can be a challenge.  One way to ease into the process is for you to be a healthy role model for your children. If they see you eating a variety of fruits and vegetab...   



How do I get my child to eat more colors of fruits & veggies?

Q: My child will only eat certain colored foods at a time. Example 1 week only orange foods, next week only reds ect. I can\'t get he to eat anything but the color she wants. Why? and what do I do? A: Many children go through periods of “picky eating” where they wil...   



Got a good list of snack foods for teens?

The following recipes are perfect for busy, and growing, teenagers: Tropical Fruit Snacking Cup Very Veggie Snack Pizza Fruity Peanut Butter Dip Bean and Cheese Quesadilla...