Tasty & Healthy: How to Encourage Your Child to Eat More Fruit
While recent studies indicate kids are eating more whole fruit compared to previous years — a meaningful increase of 67% from a decade ago — the numbers are still low according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For many parents, this isn’t surprising, as you may find yourself navigating how to deal with a picky eater.
When it comes to fruit, children should eat two servings daily. In simpler terms, consider a medium-size fruit, such as an apple or banana as a serving, or two or three smaller items, such as kiwi or strawberries, making up another serving.
The great news? It’s easier than ever to get your little ones to enjoy healthy foods. Visit any drive-thru fast-food chain and you’ll likely see fresh fruit options offered on the child menu. Restaurants are making a greater effort to offer a wider range of foods to promote more balanced nutrition, especially for kids.
Fruits offer a range of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants proven to help reduce the risk of developing chronic conditions, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain kinds of cancer. Even though your children may initially pass on the fruit you offer, it’s important for parents to continue to reinforce healthy eating habits and to offer a range of fruits for children throughout the day.
Fantastic Tips for Getting Your Little Ones to Eat More Fruits
Here are some helpful tips to get your kids excited about fruit the next time you try offering them a healthy snack:
- Take your kids shopping with you. Visit your local grocer and give your little one the freedom to pick their own fruit.
- Visit a farmers market or a “pick-your-own-fruit” orchard. Gather the family and take a road trip to popular farmers markets or orchard, and let your children pick their own fruit. You can even read a little bit about the fruits together.
- Offer fruit combinations. Creating a fruit salad, such as pairing berries with citrus fruits, can make a colorful and flavorful snack that they’ll love more than a single fruit dish.
- Present the fruit in a fun way. Slice fruit into fun designs or present them on a festive plate to make it feel like a celebration.
- Make fruit kebabs. Alternate between sweet and tart fruits on a skewer, and add yogurt or nut butter as a dipping sauce.
- Offer fruit smoothies. Mix fresh fruit with yogurt or milk to create different juice smoothies for every day of the week.
- Use fruit as a topper. If your child enjoys cereal or yogurt, top off their bowl with strawberries, bananas, or other fruits to offer delicious flavor and texture combinations. For pancakes or waffles, consider adding blueberries or strawberries for a fun take on breakfast!
- Offer fruit as a snack option. Whether at school or the park, pack a fresh piece of fruit or a small container of fruit to offer to your children after they work up an appetite.
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