How to get kids to eat fruit

Getting kids to each fresh fruit each day can be a bit of a struggle for us parents. Luckily both my kids love most fruits and I have no problem getting them to include it in their diet. Dieticians and health authorities state that in order to have a well balanced meal, we should eat 5 portions a day between fruit and vegetables. Most children will eat fruit without having to be bribed or coaxed, but some children refuse point-blank to even try it. Hopefully some of the tips in this hub will help you to help your child.

Are your kids getting their 5 a day?

Fruit and vegetables are in the same food category for a particular reason. If your child is not eating fruit, the chances are that if they eat vegetables, they are probably getting their five a day portion. Vegetables like broccoli, red peppers, green peppers and spinach all contain vitamin C.

If your son/daughter has school meals at lunchtimes in UK, they will contain two portions of fruit/veg which count towards their 5 a day. Lunchboxes can be made up to include a yoghurt, smoothie, fruit juice etc which all count towards their 5 portions.

In order to get children to each fruit, these are some suggestions which I hope you find useful.

Smoothies

By blending milk and fruit, a delicious smoothie may well be the answer. Pour into a tall glass and serve with a straw. Here are a few delicious smoothie recipes:

Banana and strawberry smoothie.
Banana and strawberry smoothie. | Source

Ingredients:

6-8 Strawberries

1 Small banana

1 1/2 cups whole milk

1 scoop vanilla ice cream (optional)

Method

Put all of the ingredients into a blender until smooth.

Pour into serving glass

Enjoy!

Apricot and Banana Smoothie

Apricol and Banana Smoothie
Apricol and Banana Smoothie | Source

Ingredients

3 handfuls apricots (chopped or tinned)

1 banana

1 cup whole milk

2 tablespoons apricot jam

scoop vanilla ice cream (optional)

Method

Blend milk, fruit and jam together until smooth.

If you wish a thicker smoothie, add ice cream and blend for a further 30 seconds.

Pour into tall glass and enjoy!


Yoghurts

Yoghurts are a great source of vitamins and calcium and count towards their 5 a day portion. There are many varieties on the market and can be bought as drinking yoghurt, in pots, tubes or pouches, which are ideal for packed lunches too.

Yummy fruit kebab.
Yummy fruit kebab. | Source

Fruit kebabs

Why not get the kids involved in making a fruit kebab. Children love to help out in the kitchen and are more likely to eat something that they have helped to prepare. All you need is some wooden kebab skewers (thin straws work just as well) and some chopped fruit. It's fun, colourful and different, so it's worth giving it a try - you might be pleasantly surprised!

Fruit juice

Most kids love fruit juice. Try letting the kids make their own drink by letting them juice their own oranges. It's fun and will encourage the kids to try out their creation. Other fruits such as grapefruits and limes can be juiced too.

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Fruit snacks

Snacks such as raisins, dried fruit and fruity bars also give your child the nutrition that they need in the form of vitamins.

Fruit Salad

Buy a selection of fruits and make up a bowl of fruit salad, which they can try out. You could even have a plate of cream, cream cheese or fruit sauce on the table for dipping. Children love finger foods and enjoy experimenting with different textures and shapes.

Chopped fruit with dipping sauce.
Chopped fruit with dipping sauce. | Source

Top tips

  • Never force a child to eat food they do not like.
  • Try and find creative ways to serve fruit ie by adding to cereal, spreading banana on toast etc.
  • Include your child when you go to buy fruit.
  • Try to introduce lots of different varieties of fruit, the chances are they will find something that they like.
  • Try adding a scoop of ice cream to some fruit salad.
  • Arrange a small plate of fruit in a smiley face for younger kids.
  • Pancakes with some pureed fruit makes a nice desert.

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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois

Sometimes before school I would make my daughter a smoothie of strawberries and bananas, but I used plain or vanilla yogurt, not ice cream which is optional in your recipe. It was even better if I used a few frozen strawberries and raspberries. This smoothie was worth at least a couple servings of fruit per day.


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

@ ktrapp - great idea, i forgot about using yogurt in smoothies. I love raspberry and cranberry smoothies with plain yogurt. My daughters love to make their own smoothies and usually add the ice cream when I'm not looking! Thanks for stopping by.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi jacqui, my kids are all grown up now, but I always try and get my 5 a day, I love fruit, and it seems a 'smoothie' is the way to go!

I haven't got a blender, so I am going to buy one tomorrow.

A great hub, thank you for sharing, best wishes MM


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

Hi MM. I do try to get my 5 portions a day of fruit/veg too. I love all types of fruit, smoothies, yogurts and fruit juice. I love trying out different smoothie recipes in the blender. Thanks once again for your kind comments..Jacqui.


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Lots of great ideas, Jacqui. I am ashamed to admit that it is myself I should try them out on...

I never eat fruit and it took me a long time to force myself to eat most vegetables. I was naturally always a meat and fish eater and little else, bar bread, potatoes and cheese. My brother was the opposite and we would secretly swap ingredients at the dinner table as children when our parents weren't looking. We got quite good at the deception and I always used to be amazed that I could get a good piece of meat for a couple of Brussels' sprouts.

I remember as a child my Mum used to make smiley faces on my plate to try to get me to eat vegetables. Maybe I should try that on myself with fruit? :)


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great suggestions for kids and adults! Fruits are the one food group that I struggle to get enough of every day because I simply don't crave fruit the way I crave other foods. Thanks for the recipes! Having some good fruit recipes can definitely help.


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

@ Gordon Hamilton - I never ate vegetables as a child either. I used to hide them in a napkin when no one was looking and mash them down the sink. Wasn't long til I got caught out because the drain got blocked eventually! You make me laugh - was just trying to picture you looking at a smiley face of fruit! Lol. Thanks for your comment. Best wishes.


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

@ randomcreative - I am the same, I very rarely have enough fruit, but am trying to train myself to prepare some in the morning to take to work with me. I've started buying more fruit juice and will try to remember to have a glass every day! I know what you mean though, I don't really crave fruit like I do other foods, especially in the winter months. Thanks for stopping by. Best wishes.


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

Nice, creative and Healthy ideas.

That should get them off a few packs of crisps...


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

@ Lady_E - Thanks for stopping by. I agree, I try just about anything to cut out the junk stuff. My daughter has recently started eating hot sliced tomatoes, which she heats up herself in the microwave! She is a strange child, but I'm not complaining! Best wishes.

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