Heart Health for the Family
Since February is American Heart Month and full of heart-shaped goodies everywhere you look, it is also a great time to teach your young ones of the importance of keeping the heart healthy! Here are some fun and colorful ways to add increase your family’s fruit and veggie intake and make everyone’s heart smile this month.
1. Look for the Heart! Strawberries, raspberries, and even cherries are naturally heart-shaped. They also contain powerful antioxidants that will help keep your family’s heart healthy. And, letting your child dip them into melted dark chocolate will add some additional antioxidants while adding the fun.
2. Make a Colorful Heart. Allow your child to choose different colored fruits and vegetables and create a heart on their plate. Cut up red peppers, orange or yellow carrots, green grapes, blueberries, and purple cabbage and let your child put the food together to create a ROY G BIV heart!
3. Shapes for the Heart. Let your child play with their food and make some fun shapes! What about a fruit and vegetable flower arrangement? Set a celery stalk on a plate and place cut up apple slices and clementine oranges around the top to design a tasty flower! Or, make fruit and vegetable bugs as a family by using this easy recipe! Another favorite of ours is making apple donuts with this recipe:
Whatever you choose to do, just adding more fruits and veggies to your family’s diet will help keep your hearts healthy. Feel free to share the fun ways you and your family have incorporated more fruits and veggies into your diet on our social media accounts!