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Why Froogie

We all want our kids to be healthy. Froogie was designed as a tool to help kids and families eat more fruits and veggies.

Why Focus on Eating More Fruits & Vegetables?

Healthy eating and active living are two of the most important things we can do to improve our general health and boost our overall feeling of well-being. As part of a healthy, balanced diet, a high intake of fruits and veggies (more than five servings a day) can reduce our risk for developing some types of chronic diseases. These include heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer. Although there are other things we can do to be healthy, like cutting down on processed foods and sugary drinks and snacks, eating more fruits and veggies is an easy change we can make for a big impact.

Dietary variety is important to make sure that we eat enough of the important nutrients we need for health. Fruits and veggies are packed with vitamins and minerals. Many of the beneficial compounds in plants are linked to their colour, so we need to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables across the colour spectrum to get the full benefits. Fruits and veggies also contain fibre, which is important for digestive health as well as to regulate appetite.

Canada's Food Guide Recommends:

Eating at least one dark green and one orange vegetable each day

  • Go for dark green vegetables such as broccoli, romaine lettuce, and spinach.

  • Go for orange vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and winter squash.

Click the link below to see what counts as a serving. The servings listed in the Froogie app are based on these guidelines. It is also important to have a balance of vegetables and fruits each day - that’s why when you use the Froogie app, you need to count both fruits and veggies to reach your target each day.

More Resources

Click on the links below for more information on ways to help your family develop healthy eating habits.

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