My youngest daughter is a carnivore, her favorite foods are all meat - steak, bacon, ham, chicken, etc. She doesn't care for many fruits and vegetables. We are working on that. My question is this, if she's drinking Old Orchard 100% juice, does a glass count as a servings of fruit? And how much juice is too much? She drinks only flavored milk (strawberry or chocolate) and she'll drink water, so I don't think she's over doing it on juice. I'm just trying to balance her liquid intake. She is not overweight at all and is in the 95th percentile for height. Thank you!

Wow…your youngest daughter really likes her meat! It is good that she seems to be getting plenty of protein, but I would not want her overdoing it with getting too much meat (especially processed meats like bacon, sausage, bologna, etc.). Try to encourage her to consume mainly lean meats like chicken, turkey, fish, and lean red meat. And, it is a good thing that you are serving her 100% Old Orchard juice. One serving of the juice does count towards her fruit and vegetable “goals” for the day, but I would not want her to go overboard and consume too much juice. It is easy for kids to fill up on liquid calories (even healthy ones) and this can often times lead to unwanted weight gain in kids. So, to answer your question, I think around 2 servings of Old Orchard’s 100% fruit juice is enough for her, and then your task becomes trying to figure out how to get her to eat more fruits and veggies!

First, identify the fruits and vegetables that you know your daughter likes…and then play around with them a little. If you daughter will eat bananas, let her know that you are going to whip up a yummy banana shake and add strawberries and blueberries and bananas to the blender along with yogurt and ice and juice. You could even go a step further and make her a “Guess the Color” smoothie. She may enjoy the game of figuring out what color smoothie you are going to make her (with a little prize for getting it right) and then you can throw in kale or spinach in addition to apples, bananas, juice and ice. It will have a vibrant green color but the taste will be sweet…and as a bonus she will be consuming more produce!

Get your daughter involved in the grocery getting process and have her choose a new fruit or veggie of the week. Try to incorporate that choice into dishes your family already likes. For example, if she chooses peas, throw them into macaroni and cheese or whip up a batch of cauliflower mashed “potatoes”. Your daughter may love seeing the tomatoes that she chose become the eyes of a “face” veggie pizza and she may want to help you add the sliced zucchini to your spaghetti sauce!

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