As a Territory Developer for Jamba Juice, Ajay Beri sees a miracle every day when he goes into work – kids eating their fruits and vegetables. Jamba Juice specializes in serving families in the United States and across the globe with healthy choices designed to not only be delicious, but also provide many of the healthy nutrients both children and adults need to stay healthy.
In a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, researchers found that 87% of Americans don’t get the recommended amount of servings for fruit in a given day. For your reference, the USDA recommends that every American eats 1.5 -2 cups of fruit every day and 2-3 cups of vegetables. The same study from the Centers for Disease Control said that 91% of Americans don’t meet the USDA’s recommendation for vegetables.
Ajay Beri says that it is possible to learn to love eating fruits and veggies at any age. Teaching kids to eat fruits and veggies when they are young will likely mean that they will enjoy eating fruits and veggies as adults as well. Ajay Beri suggests that you try out a smoothie or juice at Jamba Juice to show your kids that fruits and veggies can be quite delicious. Here are a few other things he might recommend you try:
Keep the Junk Out of the House: Chances are if your kids only have access to apples and oranges rather than processed snacks, they will eventually reach out for them. When you go shopping with your kids stick with the outside aisles where the produce and unprocessed foods are to show them there are more in the grocery store than cookies and chips.
Eat Together as a Family: Another way to introduce fruits and veggies to your kids is by eating more meals at home. If you are not used to cooking meals at home, there are so many plant-based recipes out there online and in cook books. Many of these recipes feature comfort foods your kids will know, like vegetable lasagna. When you do go out, choose restaurants and establishments, like Jamba Juice, that offer more healthy fare.
Try Doing Other Healthy Things Together: Ajay Beri likes to run marathons to stay in shape. You can start by walking the dog together or playing Frisbee in the park. By adding healthy activities to your life, this will motivate the family to do other things together, like eating right.