How to Raise a Healthy Eater (in a Junk-Food World)

Vitamin Power

  • A half cup of red bell pepper has more vitamin C than an orange.
  • Your preschooler's daily vitamin A needs can be met with about five steamed baby carrots.
  • A half cup of broccoli contains as much fiber as a slice of whole wheat bread.
  • Sweet potatoes may taste rich, but they've got the same number of calories -- about 120 per medium potato -- as white ones.
  • Veggies containing vitamin C can increase your child's absorption of iron from nonmeat sources. Combos to try: a peanut butter sandwich and green pepper strips, or a cup of bean soup with a baked potato.
  • Frozen veggies can be just as nutritious as fresh ones -- and since they're processed at the peak of freshness, they may have even more vitamins than produce that's been sitting on store shelves.

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