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Best Practice: Serve fruits or vegetables at every meal, eat meals family-style whenever possible, and don’t serve fried or pre-fried foods.
Child care providers and parents play a key role in helping children make healthy food choices. Children who are offered fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods at an early age continue to enjoy these foods when they become adults.

Recipe Center - Coming Soon!
Slow Cooker Recipes
Budget-Wise Recipes
Entrees and Fried Food Alternative Recipes
Healthy Celebration Recipes
Kids int he Kitchen Recipes

Healthy Eating and Nutrition
Learn about each of the 5 food groups. Check out the section for preschoolers and kids.
USDA Team Nutrition
Resources for child care providers, including activities, recipes, and the new CACFP Provider Handbook.
Learning About Nutrition Through Activities
Tasting and cooking activities for preschool-aged children
Let’s Move! Child Care Resource Center for Healthy Eating
Free menu-planning guides, recipes, and tip sheets
Healthy Eating Booklist
Includes books that encourage children to eat and try healthy foods
Sample Policy - Nutrition and Physical Activity
From the NAP SACC program

Trying New Foods and Eating Family Style
Tasting Activities
Eight activities to help children try different fruits and vegetables
Help for Picky Eaters
Tips to help picky eaters try new foods.
Family Style Meals
How to start eating family style meals

Fruit & Vegetable
Fruits & Veggies More Matters
Recipes and helpful tips for selecting and storing fruits and vegetables.
Fruit & Veggie Storage
Storage tips to help you get the most out of your produce.
Fruit & Veggie Video Center
A library of helpful videos to help you prepare and enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables.

Money-Saving Tips
Spend Smart. Eat Smart
Planning, shopping, and preparation tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach program
Eating Fruits & Vegetables on a Budget
Meal planning, shopping, and storage tips to help you save money on produce.
Top 10 Tips for Eating Well on a Budget
Part of the 10 Tips Nutrition Education Series from