Inevitably, most kids gravitate towards sweets, such as candy and desserts. However, children can also acquire a deep affection for fruit and healthy snacks – if they are encouraged to create
a fruit habit.
Show your kids that fruits are part of your family's lifestyle. LaToniya Jones, a non-profit executive director and educational consultant, gets her son, age seven, to eat healthy by "showing him how yummy fruits are, by eating them regularly and making them apart of our meals and snacks," she says.
You can also get creative with meals, arranging fruit into fun animals or shapes that also give dishes a vibrant inviting color.
Another trick is to make fruit attractive to your kids by showing them that fruits can change the colors of everyday dishes.
For example, swirl pureed blueberries and pureed raspberries into hot cereal to create a pinwheel effect. Puree kiwi into smoothies for a neat green drink. Let your kids use their imaginations to include fruit in every meal. The more interesting you make fruit, the more likely they will eat it.
Recipes adapted from Creative Cooks Kitchen
You will need a metal cookie cutter in the shape of a teddy bear for this dish.
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups buttermilk or milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Apple with skin
Orange peel and slices
1. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, buttermilk or milk, egg and oil. Preheat nonstick griddle or skillet over medium-high heat and place a teddy bear shaped cookie cutter on cooking surface.
2. Pour the batter into the cookie cutter. Cook pancakes until tops are bubbly, about 2 minutes. Lift up cookie cutter, flip teddy bear pancake. Cook until golden, about 2 minutes longer.
3. To decorate teddy bear pancake as a boy, use raisins for eyes, a cherry slice for a mouth, apple slices for a vest and a sliver of orange peel for a bow tie. For a teddy bear girl, use raisins for eyes, cherry slices for a mouth and bow, slivers of orange peel for hair, and orange slices or sliced strawberries to make a dress or skirt.
4 home-style or buttermilk toaster waffles
2 small containers of plain or vanilla low-fat yogurt
4 fresh peach or apricot halves
Toast the waffles until crisp. Put one waffle on a plate and top with a heaping spoonful of yogurt. Smooth the yogurt around with the back of the spoon. Place apricot or peach half round side up in the center of the waffle. Repeat with the remaining three waffles.
Serves a crowd
This is the perfect project for a birthday party or sleepover.
One large watermelon
2 honeydew melons, peeled, seeded, diced
Two teaspoons for grated lime peel
Three cups of sliced fresh strawberries
Two cups of black or red seedless grapes
1. Wash all of the fruit and pat-dry. Using a water-soluble marker, draw an outline of a whale on the watermelon. Using a large sharp knife, carefully cut melon along marker line. Remover excess rind and set aside.
2. Use a melon baller to scoop out all of the watermelon flesh and place melon balls in a large bowl. With a vegetable peeler even out scalloped edges of watermelon and set aside.
3. Make a fruit salad with the watermelon balls, honeydew, lime peel, strawberries and grapes. Fill whale-shaped watermelon "bowl" with fruit salad and serve.
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