Depending on their age, toddlers need between 75g and 150g of fruit daily and all those fruity-licious vitamins, minerals and fibre boosters help tots power through the day and develop through the years.
But we all know, toddlers can be a picky bunch and if they’re suspicious about strawberries and cautious about kiwi fruit, it’s time for grown-ups to think outside the pear (oh, ok, square) and make fruit a yummy proposition.
Here are 9 ways to have kids going bananas for fruit!
1. Position, position, position
Toddlers are more likely to tuck into fruit if it’s in their reach, not stashed up high in a fruit bowl or buried in the fridge. Put fruit at eye level – and serve it in an ice tray for instant appeal! (via Jennifer Bishop Design)
2. Prepare fruit like a pro
Prepare the fruit so that it’s ready-to-eat and zero fuss for fussy eaters. Cubed mango, bite-sized berries, sliced orange and diced apple are easy for little chompers. (image via Kraft)
3. Fresh is best
“I love shrivelled fruit!” said no toddler ever, so keep produce looking its tastiest with these handy fruit storing tips. And to keep apples and pears from going brown once sliced, dip them in lemony water (or try a sprinkle of orange juice). (image via Paleo Eats & Treats)
4. Lead by example
Seeing Mum packing grapes into a lunchbox or Grandad demolishing a banana is a great way to pique a toddler’s interest in trying the fruit.
5. Get toddlers involved
6. Creative plating up
Speaking of berry owls, an exciting presentation is a toddler magnet.
7. Fruit by another name
Plus, there’s the option of dried, canned, frozen or juiced fruit (all things in moderation of course).
8. Persistence pays off
If kiddo isn’t keen on trying a fruit, don’t give up. It might just be a case of 10th time lucky for kiwi fruit!
9. Mix things up
And if one fruit ain’t working for them right now, try another. Different fruits offer different nutrients, so if they’re passing on papaya (with Vitamin C), then how about apricots (with Vitamin A)?
Bon appetit, bambino!