ARE YOUR KIDS GETTING ENOUGH FRUIT?

If you think your kids aren’t eating enough fruit, you may be right.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, 60 percent of children ate less than the recommended daily amount between 2007 and 2010.

Fruit is naturally low in calories, high in fiber, and loaded with crucial vitamins and minerals for healthy growth and development.  If your child suffers from constipation, the remedy might be in the produce aisle; a 2010 study found that children who don’t like fruits and vegetables are 13 times more likely to be constipated.

How can you get your kids to eat more fruit?  Telling a toddler it will help ease her constipation certainly won’t do the trick.  And, the more you coax your children to eat something, the more they’ll push back.  Here are seven tactics you can use to guide them without saying a word:

EAT YOUR FRUIT TOGETHER

SLICE THE FRUIT – Your kids may be more likely to want sliced fruit than whole fruit.  In a study of 14 elementary and middle schools, cafeterias that sold sliced apples saw a 71 percent jump in sales compared to schools that sold whole apples.  The slicing strategy works at home too.

LET THEM PICK THEIR FRUIT – make the trip to the grocery store more exciting for all.  Let the kids pick their fruit of choice to take home.  Participation helps with excitement to eating.

MAKE FRUIT POPSICLES – Puree fruits like berries, bananas, mangos and peaches, and then freeze them in Popsicle molds.