Today's Babies Are Eating More Fruit than Older Siblings
There's pretty good news from USA Today on this Halloween morning. Americans are eating more fruit, digging into yogurt and drinking more water and less soda. In fact, fruit is now the second most popular food consumed every day, up from number five a decade ago
There’s pretty good news from USA Today this morning. Americans are eating more fruit, digging into yogurt and drinking more water and less soda. In fact, fruit is now the second most popular food consumed every day, up from number five a decade ago. So what’s first?
Sandwiches! Easily portable, they’re the most popular lunch for Americans (duh!) but also a big time player at dinner, since hamburgers and hot dogs are counted as “sandwiches” (meh.)
According to Harry Balzer, chief industry analyst from the NPD Group, a market research firm that followed 5,000 people’s food diaries and released today’s report, the most popular foods are as follows (and not really surprising).
“Sandwiches, fruit, vegetables, carbonated soft drinks, milk, coffee, potatoes, salty snacks, fruit juice and cold cereal. These foods account for 50% of the foods and beverages we eat and drink,” he says.
So kids are getting more fruit these days—bananas, apples, oranges and grapes, in that order—but vegetables haven’t moved up the list. Prep time was cited as a possible reason for veggies’ bad rap, but I also wonder if outdated ideas like “broccoli is gross” are more to blame.
We have three little kids in our house (4 years, 2 1/2 and 1). Admittedly, fruit is usually a winner, but vegetables are only as hit-or-miss as any other dish (and we have plenty of misses). If you’re looking for new ways to get more of the good stuff onto your dinner table, our triple-kid-tested favorites are:
- Roasted cauliflower
- Sauteed spinach
- Crunchy cucumber slices
- Stuffed tomatoes (technically a fruit but they feel so much like a veggie this way…)
- Kid-friendly crudite, raw veggie cups with yogurt “Ranch” dip
- Oven roasted broccoli with olive oil and sea salt
- Zucchini lasagna
And, of course, there is all that baby food! A few of our biggest hits:
It’s great that kids are eating more fruit, and everyone from Michelle Obama to Jamie Oliver and even foodie bloggers like myself, are sure to be encouraged today. But it seems like there’s still a lot of room for improvement. Sandwiches, soda and “salty snacks,” we’re talking to you.
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