Microwave ovens are convenient and safe and can cook vegetables in a small amount of water to preserve their nutritional value, similar to steaming, registered dietitian Ellie Krieger writes. Foam trays, plastic bags or takeout containers can melt and leach into foods during microwaving, so it's important to use microwave-safe plastic containers or glass instead, Krieger writes.
Children whose families regularly ate meals together had higher fruit and vegetable intake compared with those who never had family meals, a British study found. Once- or twice-weekly family meals were also associated with increased fruit and vegetable intake in children, researchers wrote in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.
Indianapolis Public Schools has launched the "Pick Your Favorite" program, which enlists celebrities to endorse healthy eating on posters placed in schools. Local athletes and other celebrities are seen on the posters holding a fruit or a vegetable. Meanwhile, the district is updating its menus to include healthier options for students.
Officials in a Kentucky school district are working to educate students about nutrition to encourage them to eat more fruits and vegetables. Under new federal nutrition standards, all students buying lunch at school next year must take a fruit or vegetable serving, which now is optional. Nutrition Director Michelle Coker said the district will have to increase to 800 from 500 the number of fruit and vegetable servings it prepares for students.