Posted by Saturday, 30 September 2017

FUN WAYS TO ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO EAT MORE FRUIT & VEG


Trying to get your child to eat a balanced diet can seem challenging when they get to an age where they are fussy with some food, especially the fruit and veg - the important bits. My eldest, Mia, don't eat much veg but luckily she did eat some and was a huge fan of Broccoli when she was younger, she still eats it now. It's the fruit I struggle with her, but with Elliw she will try out most fruit and is great at eating most veg. At the moment, Freddie isn't too bad at eating his fruit and veg either. But if you have a child who isn't so keen, here are a few fun ways to encourage them to eat more fruit and veg:

MAKE THEIR PLATE FUN
Presentation on a child's plate can be key, sometimes. Make it look fun and colourful. Be creative and make some shapes out the food on the plate. You could even cut some food out into shapes or buy some shape cutters to make it even more fun. There are special patterned plates that could also make their plates look fun and encourage them a bit more too.

GROW THEIR OWN FRUIT AND VEG 
If your child doesn't mind getting their hands dirty and get the excitement of their own food growing in their back garden, this could be the way to encourage them to eat their own fruit and veg. My girls would absolutely love this and we are planning on doing it once the garden is complete. It's such a fun way for the kids to be outdoors and learn something while having fun too. First Tunnels have created a survey asking about you growing your own fruit and veg. You can take the quick survey here.

DON'T FORCE THEM / EAT WITH THEM
The last thing you want to do is to put them off the food completley by forcing them to eat it. A fun way to encourage them would be if you ate with them and have the same fruit or veg on your plate and tell them how tasty it is, also if it's crunchy and what ever other textures it is.

BLINDFOLD GAME
The kids will absolutely love this, and it's a fantastic game in trying all sorts of foods. Blindfold them with anything that they won't be able to see out of and put each food in a bowl for them to try out and they can tell you if they like it or not. It could also be a guess the fruit/veg game too.

GET THEM INVOLVED WITH THE SHOPPING
Let the kids choose which fruit and veg they would like to add to the shopping basket. Take them with you to do the food shop and let them tick the food off on the list, as well as adding them to the basket.


FRUIT PICKING
This is such a fun way to encourage your child to fruit and veg. Take them to your local Pick Your Own fruit/veg farm. You'll be creating memories as well as learning, having fun and encouraging your little one to eat healthier foods.

GET THEM INVOLVED WITH THE COOKING
Let the kids help you prepare food by letting them chop (with help) up the veg and serving the food out. Kids love it when they have made something and then for the family (or friends) to try it out. I am sure they will have lots of fun, they'll also be learning something too.

FRUIT SMOOTHIES
If they're not so keen on trying them, maybe encourage them to make their own fruit smoothies. You could also freeze them to make lollies too.



* This is a collaborative post

2 comments:

  1. With some kids, it becomes difficult to convince them to eat healthy. Some moms try adding the healthy veggies in some food or the other. The ideas you suggested must be tried out once.

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    1. Yes. I have just suggested a few fun ways to encourage children. Some of these suggestions are what I have done myself with my own children.

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