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Selling kids on vegetables

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Colorful, ready to eat and oh so sweet -- fruit is a kid-endorsed superfood.

But ask kids about vegetables, and you get a much different response.

"We want children to get five servings of any combination of fruits and vegetables a day," says Lauri Wright, a registered dietitian at U.S.F. health.

That can be a hard sell when it comes to bright-green, nutrient-packed superfoods like spinach and kale.

"If you don't like things like kale, try putting it into some things. Make a vegetable lasagna and chop it up and put it into the sauce," says Chef Ben

Guggenmos of the Hillsborough County School District.

We did find that one superfood stands out: carrots. It's a treat most kids seem happy to eat.

The USDA says kids get only about half the amount of fruits and vegetables they need to meet the minimum daily requirement. So how much is enough? It will depend in part on your child's age, ranging from two to five cups a day. has guidelines as well as charts to help you figure out just how much goes into one cup.



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