One of the tough tasks that most parents face is making their children eat fruit. Of course, there is no doubt that consumption of fruits is very important to maintain a healthy and balanced diet for kids. However, the actual part of making them ingest it is the daunting challenge. There are plenty of ways that you, a parent, can make your child eat fruits.
You can reward, threaten, deceive or whatever tricks you may have up your sleeve. On the other hand, you can also try to make eating fruit fun for the child. You see, kids are very visual people. They are attracted to bright things and colorful food. Why do you think they go crazy for pizza? In this article, you will be given tips on how you can make your child eat fruits by making it fun and adventurous for him. If you are interested in learning how, read on.
- What you will need. For this, you will need an assortment of fruits. Recommended items are bananas, apples, cantaloupes, watermelon, grapes, kiwi, mangoes and oranges. You will also need kebab sticks (you can choose from either wooden sticks or metal rods) and fruit shapers to complete this task.
- What you need to do. The first thing that you will have to do is prepare the fruits. Wash them one by one and set them aside on a big plate. Remove any skin or exterior layer from fruits such as watermelon, oranges, kiwi and mangoes as these are not edible. Next, cut up the fruits by using a fruit shaper. You can purchase these at your local store. These come in different shapes and sizes such as stars, animals and the like. Once most fruits have taken shape, the next step would have to be placing each fruit on the kebab stick. Make sure that there is one type of fruit on each stick to avoid redundancy. However, you can put two of a type of fruit on one stick if they are far apart from each other.
- Presentation. After the fruits have been shaped, you can now serve it on a plate. You may opt to keep it simple by just placing the stick on the plate and it’s ready to go. On the other hand, you can also add some toppings or side dishes to make eating fruits extra special. What you can do is to spray the kebabs with Hershey’s chocolate syrup for added flavor and presentation. Or, you can place the chocolate syrup in a bowl and make the kids dip each fruit in it. It is assured that they will enjoy every bite of fruit with that.
In conclusion, making a kid eat what you want him to consume can be less stressful if you make the experience enjoyable for him. Remember, no child wants to be forced to do what he does not want to do. Yes, you may be able to make him eat what he dislikes at one point in time, but rest assured that there will be resentment and the kid may learn how to avoid eating it. With that, you can now make eating fruits enjoyable for your little one. Good luck!