The color of love! We’ve rounded up 7 red fruits and veggies that are so rich in nutrients, they have us simply smitten. Try dishing these up for your kids as part of a meal or as a nutritious snack.
Red bell peppers
With more than twice the vitamin C of an orange, this vibrant-red veggie gives the immune system a boost and also aids in healing wounds. It’s sweeter taste makes it more approachable to your little ones and can be a great addition to a toddler-friendly veggie platter. If you’re struggling to find ways to get your kids to eat their veggies, consider tasty, vitamin-dense bell peppers.
Sweet and juicy, cherries are full of antioxidants and high in fiber, too. Your kids can enjoy them on top of granola or whole grain cereal, as part of a well-balanced lunch or as a fun afternoon snack. Frozen cherries offer the same nutritional benefits as their fresh counterparts, so keep these in your freezer for a smoothie addition or a frozen treat.
This summertime favorite is rich in vitamin A, which supports eye health, and vitamin C, important for the immune system. One of the best things about watermelon? Its water content, which helps keep active kids hydrated by replenishing fluid levels. You can make a lot of easy watermelon treats with your little one, such as a tasty sorbet with no added sugar or watermelon lemonade.
These red gems are small but mighty—they’re the greatest source of vitamin C of all fruit and pretty low in calories at about 50 calories per 8 berries. Like cherries and apples, strawberries are great on their own as a snack or dessert and can also easily be incorporated into baked goods and treats.
Cook up a hearty tomato sauce or pop some cherry tomatoes into a container for snack time, and your little one can reap the benefits of lycopene, a naturally occurring red pigment. Foods with lycopene are reported to affect diseases such as cancer and heart disease thanks to their powerful antioxidants.
This fun tropical fruit is brimming with antioxidants that keep your body healthy. Specifically, the antioxidants fight against free radicals, which are unstable molecules that cause damage to cells, proteins and DNA. Pomegranates can also help satisfy your kid’s sweet tooth without added sugar, too!
There’s a reason an apple a day keeps the doctor away! The perfectly portable snack, a red apple is a good source of potassium, vitamin A and fiber—especially in the skin. For your little one with the big sweet tooth, try baking the apples with a little cinnamon and sugar.
Red produce offers unique vitamins and antioxidants, as well as a kick of color, to any meal. These naturally sweet fruits and veggies can be a great part of your kid’s nutritional daily diet. Enjoy them on Valentine’s Day, the 4th of July or every day with your little ones!