August 22, 2017

Tips For Getting Kids to Eat More Fruits

Healthy Foods for Kids“Fruit is icky!” Is this a common phrase in your house? If you are like us, we have jumped through many hoops to  get our kiddos to eat something healthy. Dressing food up, disguising it, hiding under chocolate – that’s right, under chocolate. Peanut butter works well too! What we need are tips for getting kids to eat more fruits.

Being a mom, I personally need more information like what are the good nutrients in each red fruit and how do these goodies exactly effect my kids’ bodies. Also ideas on how best to serve them would be nice. So I went looking and found this  great article with all this rich information to get me and  them on board! And guess what one of them utilizes peanut butter – I so rock as a mom!!

Tips For Getting Kids to Eat More Fruits – SuperHero Red Food for Kids

For the Japanese, the color red is often used to signify power and energy, and many of their heroes use the color red. This is cool because when you give your kids red fruits and vegetables to eat, they’ll grow up strong like superheroes.
With all of the benefits that fruits and vegetables provide, it’s time to start incorporating them into your child’s diet. Make a game out of letting your kids choose one “superhero” red food to eat every day and watch them grow into one of their own. Here are some of my favorite red foods to include with each meal.

  • Strawberries: Strawberries are loaded with vitamin C, potassium, and folate. Strawberries are best fresh, and for a special treat add them to yogurt, cereal and smoothies.
  • Tomatoes: Tomatoes are a great source of lycopene, potassium and vitamin C. They taste great fresh off the vine and cooked in sauces, stews and soups. Try them with scrambled eggs.
  • Red Peppers: A bright red pepper contains potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C. Red peppers can be served raw as a snack or in salads, cooked in pasta and stir fry dishes or roasted in soups and stews.
  • Apples: The wonderful shiny red apple contains soluble fiber, pectin and flavonoids. For a healthy afternoon snack, slice an apple and top with peanut butter. Yummy!
  • Watermelon: You know its summer time when you see watermelons. Watermelons are packed with vitamin A, vitamin C and lycopene. A big slice of fresh watermelon is sure to put a smile on your little one’s face.
  • Red Beets: Red beets contain iron, niacin and potassium. Start introducing red beets to kids in salads or roasted with olive oil and ground pepper. Pickled red beets are also a good introduction.
  • Red Grapes: Red grapes contain flavonoids, reservatol and quercitin to help keep your heart healthy and strong. Grapes are a great snack. Freeze them for a hot summertime treat.
  • Cherries: Cherries are considered a nutritional super food because they are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins and, they taste great! Remove the pits to make it easier for little ones to enjoy this delicious treat.

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So if food issues control your home, take a minute to get inside your child’s head. What they like to do, play with, watch are all keys to creative feeding and  eating. What kid wouldn’t want to eat like a superhero!

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Julie is an awesome parent (along with her husband Matt) to five adopted kiddos and the owner of the Parenting Allies website.

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  1. Thanks for sharing Julie. This will surely a big help to me. =)
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