Home > Eating & Drinking > Encouraging Kids to Eat Fruit

Encouraging Kids to Eat Fruit

By: Kate Bradbury - Updated: 28 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
Children And Fruit Encouraging Children

At least five portions of fruit or vegetables a day are good for us. Yet encouraging children to get into the habit of healthy eating when there are so many other temptations around is hard. Research suggests that a balanced diet that includes a lot of fruit and vegetables will help children stay more alert at school and be less likely to develop behavioural problems or sleep disorders. Yet many children simply won’t eat what’s considered ‘good for them’, while some are fussy, and may only eat one or two types of fruit.

Children are increasingly growing up on a diet that largely consists of junk food. Regular amounts of junk food in the diet contribute to a number of health problems in children, including:

  • Tiredness, lack of enthusiasm and a lack of energy
  • Unwillingness to take part in any physical activity
  • Mood swings, irritability and restlessness
  • Fidgety behaviour, inability to sleep
  • Unpredictable behaviour
  • Constipation or stomach upsets
  • Weight problems
  • Pale skin, dull hair, weak, brittle nails, dark shadows under eyes
  • Nausea, headaches
  • Frequent colds and infections
  • Increased incidence of allergies
  • Poor concentration
Ways to Encourage Them to Eat Fruit
There are several things you can do to encourage your children to eat more healthily. Children love sweet food, and fruit is a great source of natural sugars.

To encourage your children to eat more fruit, they need to see you enjoying it as part of a healthy diet. Make family mealtimes part of your daily routine and serve up a healthy variety of foods, including fruit. Add dried fruit, such as raisins and figs to their breakfast cereal, and treat them to a fruity pudding after their evening meal. Add a banana or apple, or dried fruit such as mango to their school lunch boxes, or let them snack on grapes or berries.

The following are some ideas on how to help your children enjoy fruit:

  • Make fruit kebabs – thread strawberries and chunks of melon and kiwi fruit onto a skewer and drizzle with chocolate. Why not get your children to help you make it?
  • Freeze fruit – this can concentrate the fruit flavour and offer an alternative taste and texture. Try freezing strawberries and bananas and serving them on sticks like a lolly pop
  • Make a smoothie – few can resist the delicious taste of a fresh smoothie. Pack it with blueberries, mango, raspberries and bananas and get them to try and identify the ingredients
  • Cook fruit with them – make jams, jellies and delicious fruit pies with your children. Let them taste the fruit at every stage of the cooking process
  • Give them dried mango or apple pieces as a snack
If your children are unused to healthy eating, encouraging your children to eat fruit won’t be easy. You may have to take several knock-backs before they finally agree to try something, but persistence is the key to success. Don’t abolish the junk altogether – let them know both fruit and junk (in moderation) can be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet. And don’t force them to eat fruit. This will only put them off eating it in later life. Just remember that even once piece of fresh fruit a day can help make a difference.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Topics
Latest Comments
  • Joe
    Re: Cherry Trees
    I have a cherry tree in my garden called MARILO. Is it edible, if so is it sweet or sour
    18 December 2018
  • Joe
    Re: Cherry Trees
    My wife purchased a cherry tree called MARILO and never recorded what type it was before she passed away. Could you tell me if it is edible and if so…
    18 December 2018
  • Dekzion
    Re: Growing Goji Berries
    We've had the standard red Goji for years, it's in full sun, just one plant, never gets pruned (unless there's bits sticking out and get in…
    16 December 2018
  • gordan
    Re: Growing Avocados
    hello to you, i,m growing up to 20 avocado's but one of them as some leave starting to go brown why is that it gets good feed wone's a week but…
    12 December 2018
  • Beth
    Re: The Health Benefits of Eating Fruit
    I think fruits and vegetables are really healthy and that everyone should eat it or at least eat whichever fruits or…
    7 November 2018
  • Pottie
    Re: Growing Avocados
    My avo trees have been moved indoors and are doing well buy looks like someting is having a feed on it at night and then the leaves turn brown. I…
    3 November 2018
  • Katrina
    Re: Growing Berries
    Why are blackberry bushes flowering in October. Would be grateful if you could tell me the answer. Thanks Katrina
    26 October 2018
  • Trullimad
    Re: Plum Trees
    I bought a mature plum tree from a nursery a year ago. I say "mature" because its trunk is approx. 8 inches in diameter. It produced one plum this summer…
    15 October 2018
  • Mana
    Re: Orange Trees
    About a year ago we bought a house in Scottsdale, AZ where there is an orange tree.Last season there were many oranges on the ground with a hole on…
    2 October 2018
  • Kaycee
    Re: Growing Grapes
    Please I would like to know if there are Nigerian grape farmers here and I'll like to meet you. Thanks.
    29 September 2018