10 Ways to Get Your Kids To
Eat More Fruit
Be a trend setter
– Make fruit an everyday food in
your household. Kids will mirror your eating patterns.
Squeeze, freeze and
please – Try stewing, juicing or grating fruits. Try
chopping up and serving with complimentary foods such as
cheeses. Keep fruit such as apples, pears and tropical
fruits chilled and freeze juicy fruit pieces such as
oranges, nashi and grapes for a cold treat.
Save the sweets –
Save confectionary and high-sugar, high-fat snack foods for
‘treats’ or ‘party foods’ rather than using them as everyday
Stick with the ‘in’
crowd – Try to buy fruits which are in season and
therefore inexpensive. Buying fruit in season ensures you
get better tasting, good value fruit. Good quality fruit has
a better chance of being eaten and not being left in the
Bowl ‘em over -
Keep the fruit bowl stocked up with a variety of interesting
Test their tastes
- Try to discover what fruits your kids like and try
introducing new types and new varieties. Some kids prefer
the taste of Granny Smith apples, while others are Fuji or
Red Delicious fanatics.
Reward and applaud
- Encourage your kids to eat good, healthy foods. Get
involved in their school curriculum’s nutrition programs and
encourage them to learn as much as they can about the
benefits of good eating. Let kids choose fruits in the
Just desserts –
For desserts, try creative low sugar, low fat fruit-based
desserts such as baked apples, apple and pear crumble and
fresh fruit salad instead of high-sugar, high-fat dishes.
Kids in the kitchen
– Introduce your kids to new and interesting ways to eat
fruit, like fruit smoothies, fruit pancakes and fruit
Keep ‘em active –
Encourage kids to be active and participate in sports.
Active kids eat more fruit than less active kids.
Source: Apple & Pear
Australia Ltd, Professional Kit. Section authored by Rosemay