Getting the family to eat more fruit and veg

Getting fruit into children's diets

I feel as though I am always shopping every few days for more supplies of fresh fruit and vegetables. We seem to run out of it all so quickly – which is great – but making sure that they eat a variety of fruits and vegetables each week can be a challenge.

We all know that eating fruit and vegetables is important, for young ones and for us adults, but trying to add them into a child’s diet can be tricky. Especially for fussy eaters.

Harry & Lottie are very good at eating standard fruit such as apples, oranges and bananas but aren’t very good at trying new fruits – like pineapple or melon.

Fruit bowl in a family home Fruit & veg for kids

Here are the ways that I try to add more into their diet:

  • Make smoothies. We LOVE making our own smoothies – like this recipe here – and I will regularly throw lots of fruit, milk and yoghurt into a blender and mix it up for a fun, quick drink! This is great for things that might be about to go out of date.
  • Help me to cook. Recently we made pancakes together (below) and they filled them with bananas, raspberries etc. They loved it and we had a lot of fun (and made a lot of mess too!). Getting them involved makes them more likely to eat what is on offer.

Cooking with children

  • Give them as snacks. I have always defaulted to giving them biscuits or crisps as a mid-morning or afternoon snack but am now trying to give them a piece of fruit instead. Chopped carrots, grapes or apple slices are their favourites. I also try to add these items into their lunch-boxes for preschool.
  • Using frozen. In the freezer I always have bags of broccoli, green beans, peas etc and then when I am making dinner (such as a pasta dish) I throw them in for added goodness and flavour. Or I will add them onto a plate to accompany fish or sausages. It takes 5 minutes or so to defrost them and they taste great. Good for when you haven’t got much time to spare.
  • Be a role model. I always try to eat whatever the twins eat as they want to copy me so much and be ‘like Mummy’.

Our new copper fruit bowl from the trendy and funky website Red Candy (priced at £42) looks super stylish in our family kitchen as shown above; it is so practical for holding lots of fruit. We love filling it up!

What are your tricks for getting the children to eat more fruit and veg?

Love, Jess x

 

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2 Comments

  1. May 27, 2016 / 10:50 pm

    It’s so funny, I was literally having the same conversation with Mr F yesterday when we were doing our online Tesco shop about how we need to get F to eat more fruit. He used to be so good when he was weaning but now he’s really fussy when it comes to fruit- he’s the opposite of Harry and Lottie in that he turns his nose up at what I also call ‘standard’ fruit like apples, bananas and grapes, and will eat more expensive stuff like fresh pineapple, and then raspberries and strawberries, and sometimes kiwi. He has lots of veg with meals and I’d make more smoothies if only he wasn’t afraid of the smoothie maker!!! arhggghh!! Toddlers never make life simple do they?! That’s a gorgeous fruit bowl though! Loving the rose gold x
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    • May 28, 2016 / 7:01 pm

      Bless him – good that he likes those fruits tough!! I am sure he will try more as he gets older, mine do go through phases of liking and disliking certain things xx
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