5 Easy Ways to Increase Your Child’s Fruit Consumption
Summer calls for fruit salad and frozen yoghurt…
Dietary guidelines recommend children (well, all of us) eat a variety of fruit every day. So whether you have a fussy eater or just lack some inspiration, here are some easy tips to help you encourage fruit consumption with your children.
Add fruit to meals you already prepare
Top cereal with fruit
Add fruit to pancakes or yoghurt
Make a smoothie
Add mango, apple or nectarines to salads
Kids in the kitchen
Get your children involved in preparation as much as possible. This builds their interest and encourages them to try new foods.
Older children may like to help make rainbow fruit kebabs or skewers
Younger children can help prepare funny fruit faces or creatures
And everyone loves making fruit icy poles or frozen yoghurts for a treat
Try our go-to homemade icy pole recipe
1 mango, peeled and diced
Juice ½ lime
4 tbsp coconut cream
Blend all ingredients, pour in a mould and freeze overnight.
Swap coconut cream for Greek yogurt
Add sliced strawberries to the moulds before filling with mango mixture
Stir pulp of 1 passionfruit through the mixture
Encourage variety and buy in season
Different fruit can help protect the body in different ways, so it’s important to choose a variety of colours every day:
Green (such as apples, grapes, kiwi fruit)
Orange (such as oranges, mango, peaches)
Yellow and red (such as strawberries, banana)
Purple (blueberries, plums, grapes)
Grow your own
Children enjoy digging and watching things grow. Gardening can help foster a child’s interest in nutrition and nature and develop skills such as responsibility.
Even with limited space you can plant a fruit tree or strawberry patch.
Be a role model
Regularly eat and enjoy fruit snacks with your child or let them see you pack fruit with your lunch.