We all want to encourage our kids to eat a healthy, balanced diet, and fruit can play a significant role in delivering essential nutrients. However, getting children to eat fruit can be tricky, with many being too fussy to experiment with new food. If you are struggling to convince your kids that crunchy, colourful fruit can be as delicious as their trusty cheese strings, here are a few tips.
In sight, in mind
Although you may be used to putting fruit in the fridge to keep it fresh or in a cupboard so it is out of the way, keeping it visible and ready to eat is a must if you want your children to get into the habit of eating fruit every day. Wash and chop the likes of strawberries, apples and mangos, and leave them out for kids to snack on between meals or eat as a healthy dessert.
Variety is the spice of life
Fruit is an excellent source of minerals, fibre, vitamins and antioxidants that lower the risk of childhood obesity and of children developing serious diseases such as cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. As each fruit has different qualities, it is best to try and get your children to eat as many types as possible, from fibre-rich raspberries to potassium-filled bananas to vitamin A-packed mangos,. This will also help keep them interested.
Fresh, dried, canned - it is all good
If you are worried about the cost of buying fresh fruit which goes uneaten, then do not hesitate to stock up on longer lasting alternatives - despite what many people think, these have the same nutritional value. Frozen blueberries, strawberries and raspberries are are brilliant for making smoothies or sprinkling over cereal, ice cream or yogurt. Dried fruit naturally holds less water than fresh fruit, meaning each portion offers a lot of nutrients and energy.
How do you get fruit into your kids’ diet?