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This week #FoodFri teamed up with the National WIC Association (NWA), a non-profit education arm and advocacy voice of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to discuss the importance of eating fruits and vegetables every day as part of a healthy diet.

 

Did you know that the WIC program serves over eight million mothers and young children all over the United States? WIC provides nutrition education and food to our nation's nutritionally at-risk mothers and young children.

WIC offers food and food education, helping participants learn how to prepare fruits and vegetables.

The #WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program provides additional coupons to WIC participants that they can use to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers' markets. #FoodFri

— HHS OASH Region II (@HHS_HealthReg2) December 8, 2017

 

  If you missed the convo on Twitter, don't worry! Here are some of the highlights:   

  * Depending on the season, it may be cheaper to buy frozen!  

* When possible, eat local!  Our Twitter friends suggest farmers' markets as a good source of affordable and local produce. (Some farmers' markets accept vouchers).

* Fill 1/2 your plate with fruits and veggies!

 

How many fruits and vegetables do our kids need to consume daily?

 How do you deal with picky eaters? Don't fret! Because... 

            

  What are some easy ways to consume fruits and veggies daily?

A7.4: Have fruits and vegetable snacks ready to go and easy to grab. Slice up some cucumbers or other veggies and keep them in easy to grab containers. #FoodFri — National WIC Assoc. (@NatWICAssoc) December 8, 2017

A7.3: Add chopped vegetables to your dishes. If you’re making spaghetti, add diced onion and bell peppers to the sauce. Mixing in bell peppers with your scrambled eggs is another great way to add vegetables to your diet. #FoodFri — National WIC Assoc. (@NatWICAssoc) December 8, 2017

 

  Some parents even said they sneak in veggies, like peas and butternut squash in mac and cheese!

 

How do you incorporate fruits and veggies to your diet? Share in the comments below!

 

Want to learn more about how WIC helps families?  Visit NWICA.org and follow them on Twitter, & Facebook!

 

Read all about how  Moms are standing up for WIC!

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Make sure to keep an eye out for #FoodFri on Twitter!

 

 

 


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