Many studies have shown that children aren't getting the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables per day. I created this fruit and veggie chart (based on recommended servings for young children) as a simple strategy to use in my home and thought I'd share it with you! Here's why this could work to up fruit and veggie consumption in your children:
1. It serves as a visual to show them how much they have left to eat in the day. You can choose to pair it with a daily or weekly reward for meeting the goals.
2. Tracking progress makes us more aware of what we are eating and more likely to up consumption.
3. Using this might keep you, the parent or caregiver, more accountable. Research shows us that children eat more fruits and vegetables if their parents do. It's hard to expect them to eat more if we aren't leading by example. So, model using the chart yourself by eating the foods you want your child to eat and checking them off the chart!
To use it, we pick a color for each family member using it and do a check mark for every food consumed that day. Use it however works for you or simply use the idea for foods you're working on in your home! Download by clicking on the file below.