Introducing more fruit into your child’s diet is a great way to increase the fiber and vital nutrients they consume as well as improve their health, but actually convincing your child to eat more fruits can sometimes be a challenge. Rather than forcing your child to eat more fruits, consider these fun and easy alternatives to increase your child’s fruit consumption.
5 Ways To Incorporate More Fruits in Your Child’s Diet
Make Snacking on Fruits Easy
Oftentimes, fruit isn’t thought of as a to-go snack because there are so many other easy options. Rather than fighting crackers and gummies as the top choice in your child’s snacking habits, pare down on alternative snacks and make fruit front and center. Divide fruit servings into individual portions and remove other types of snacks from the house. Also, take fruit out of the crisper and place it at eye level in the fridge. By reducing the amount of snack options available and making fruit an easy choice, kids will naturally eat more fruit.
Blend a Smoothie
Fruit drinks may seem healthy, but in actuality they are loaded with sugar and chemicals. A simple way to diversify your child’s drink options and incorporate more fruit into their diet is to make fruit smoothies. Throw fruits in the freezer or place them in a blender with a cup of ice. Get creative with your smoothies by blending banana and strawberry or kale and blueberries together. Smoothies are fun, satisfying drinks that promote healthy eating habits.
Serve Fruits with a Dip
If making individual portions of fruit still isn’t moving it from your fridge, create a dip to encourage an increase in fruit intake. Mix marshmallow crème with cream cheese or add some chocolate syrup or coconut to plain Greek yogurt to offer kids a fun, sweet and tasty to dip for their fruit.
Pick Your Own
Making fruit fun can be as easy as taking kids out to the farm to see how it’s produced. A pick-your-own afternoon adventure is a great way to introduce children to farming and encourage them to eat more fruit. In the spring, find farms that offer pick-your-own strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. In the fall, apples and figs are popular choices. Not only are these farms a fun afternoon activity, they also encourage children to eat more fruit by integrating them into the process of harvesting the produce and enjoying the bounty.
Let Kids Play with Their Food
Rather than just insisting that kids eat their fruit, make the preparation of their snack more engaging to increase their intake. During the summer, have a kebob night where meat and veggies are grilled over the fire and fruit kebobs are prepared for dessert. Another fun idea is for parents to slice fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew into sheets and let the kids use cookie cutters to design cute shapes. Top with fruit garnishes and your family has a fun and healthy snack. Engaging kids in the preparation can help increase the amount of fruit they eat.
Trying to get your children to eat more fruit doesn’t need to be a constant struggle. Instead, incorporate a few creative ways to engage children and encourage healthy eating habits. Next time your kids ask what they can have for a snack, point them towards the fruit. What ways seem to work best for you in adding more fruits to your child’s diet?
With over 20 years of experience in the nanny world as an award-winning nanny, agency director, and parenting author, Michelle LaRowe is considered a leading industry expert. A mom herself, she loves to educate parents and nannies on the importance of quality in-home childcare. Find out more by visiting @eNannySource on Twitter.