Healthy Children - September 2018

Vegetables

What are they? There are five types of vegetables:

  • Dark green, like spinach, broccoli, kale, and romaine lettuce.
  • Red and orange, like carrots, tomatoes, red peppers, and sweet potatoes.
  • Beans and peas, like split peas and pinto beans.
  • Starchy, like potatoes, green peas, and corn.
  • Other, like celery, iceberg lettuce, green beans, green pepper, and onions.

How much?

  • You should eat 2 cups of vegetables each day if you’re 9-13 years old (or 2 ½ cups if you are 14 to 18).
  • How much is a cup? It’s the size of a baseball. Also, around 12 baby carrots count as one cup, and so does a large sweet potato.

What else do I need to know?

  • It’s smart to eat dark-green, red, and orange veggies as well as beans and peas.