Adding more fruits and vegetables to your child's diet provides vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Minerals such as magnesium, calcium and potassium are known to help lower blood pressure. Fresh fruits and vegetables help boost the intake of these nutrients. Check with a qualified health care provider before giving vitamin or mineral supplements to children.

Suggestions for adding fruits and vegetables to children's diets include the following:

  • Allow children to help choose fruits and vegetables at the supermarket.
  • Give children a choice between 2 or 3 healthy snacks such as:
    • raw vegetables with salad dressing or low-fat yogurt dip (dressing should be low in sodium and made with canola or olive oil)
    • apple slices with peanut butter (peanut butter should have no added salt and no hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil)
    • fresh fruit slices
    • low- or non-fat vanilla yogurt with fresh or frozen berries mixed in
    • applesauce
  • Make children's lunches for school.
    • Involve them in the preparation.
    • Prepare lunch the night before.

    Publication Review By: Jagdish Patel, M.D., F.A.C.C.

    Published: 28 Feb 2007

    Last Modified: 22 Sep 2015