Kids and fruit can sometimes make a bad combination, especially if you have a fussy eater. We cannot deny the importance of a healthy, balanced diet and to help you, so we’ve sifted out five fun ways to get your child interested in trying and learning more about fruits.
Bake With Hidden Fruit
Use fruit, cinnamon and vanilla to add natural sweetness to baked goods. You can even go step further and bake things like brownies with sweet potato or pureed beetroot as well as strawberries and blueberries.
Make Fruit Ice Cream And Icy-Poles
You can freeze grapes or cut up watermelon into squares as icy treats. You can also puree bananas and add cinnamon and almond milk to make ice cream. Try blending fruit like mango, bananas, strawberries and kiwi, then use paddle-pop sticks to freeze into icy-poles.
Start With Fruit In Water
For the really fussy, use an opaque jug and add fruit like lemon, strawberries and oranges into the water. Once your kids start to enjoy the fruity-water, show them what you’ve been adding in! It can be hard to get them to try something for the first time.
Occasionally Substitute Fruit Juice For A Piece A Fruit
When the kids have been outside playing, occasionally offer a glass of fruit juice with (no added sugar) – a standard glass is 125ml. A recent CSIRO study found that the occasional glass counts towards your recommended daily serve of fruit.
Lead By Example
Show you eat fruit as well. If you seem to be enjoying munching on fruits, your child will automatically be curious to try too. Make it a point to also involve them when you’re picking fruits at the supermarket as that will excite them to try it out even more.