Nutritional Tips for Home
Try these changes at home for a healthier meal:
- Explain that a healthy meal consists of a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and milk.
- Encourage them to make half of their plate tray fruits and vegetables.
- Suggest they make at least half of their grains whole grains.
- Recommend they switch to fat free or low-fat (1%) milk.
- Try new foods – especially fruits and vegetables -- and they might be more willing to try them at school.
- Read with your younger kids the Dr. Seuss book “Green Eggs and Ham”, which encourages kids to try new foods.
- Introduce yourself to the school nutrition staff at your child’s school. They can address questions and concerns.
More resources to help your children eat better at home, in restaurants and at school:
Team Nutrition - USDA
My Plate- USDA
USDA Food Safety Recommendations