Fruit for Kids
Pemberton Valley Supermarket is proud to announce in addition to the ‘free cookie for kids program’ with we also offer free fruit!
Fruits and vegetables benefit children in many different ways, including improved nutrition, decreased obesity risk, and better school performance. However, most children don’t get the recommended 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day. That’s why Pemberton Valley Supermarket Fruit for Kids program is here to help!
Shopping with a little one? Head over to the produce section where kids can receive a healthy and tasty snack, usually a banana or an apple, for free.
It’s important to eat a balanced diet throughout the day and a part of that is consuming fruit and vegetables. Pemberton is known for its local farms, organic produce, and outdoor activities so it’s only natural for residents to embrace a healthier lifestyle.
Why Kids Should Eat Fruit Every Day
- Fruits have fewer calories compared to processed foods.
- There is a link between the quality of your child’s diet and performance at school
- Citrus fruits and strawberries are rich in immune system-boosting vitamin C.
- Fruits can boost immunity and improve the body’s ability to fight diseases.
- Fruits have vital nutrients that can keep illnesses like diabetes, heart stroke, vision problems, and digestive problems at bay.
- Apples, blueberries, cranberries and avocados cleanse the body of useless toxins, helping to prevent painful conditions down the road like kidney stones.
Benefits Of Fruits and Vegetables In Children’s Diets
Children’s growing bodies require good nutrition, and fruits and vegetables contain a multitude of vitamins, minerals and other healthy compounds.
Encouraging kids to eat fruits and vegetables instead of sugary snacks and fat-laden fast food can help children avoid obesity because fruits and vegetables are high in filling fiber, but low in fat and calories.
High-fiber foods, such as fruits and vegetables, help the digestive system function properly.
Better School Performance
Children with healthy diets, including high consumption of fruits and vegetables, performed better on academic tests than children who consumed fewer fruits and vegetables
Fun Fruit Facts
Here are some fun fruit facts you can share with your kids to get them interested in eating healthy.
- Bananas are an energy food, which is why it is recommended for athletes. But, did you know? – a banana is actually both a fruit and a herb.
- Mango is the most loved fruit around the world, by people and orangutans everywhere.
- Apples can float on water because 25% of it is filled with air.
- There is around 7,000 varieties of apples in the world.
- A tomato is a technically a fruit because of the way it grows and the seeds it produces inside.
- Pumpkins and avocados can also be classified as fruits, not veggies, for similar reasons.
- An average strawberry has 200 seeds.
- Pineapples got their name because they look like huge pine cones. What would you have named the Pineapple?
Shop with your kids and let them choose their favourite fruits to get them excited. Let them help prepare some meals to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables. Children who make fruit and vegetable dishes themselves may be more likely to eat and enjoy them.