How do you know if you don’t like it, you’ve never had it before? Does this sound familiar? You more than likely have said this to your kids many times while attempting to get them to eat their vegetables at the dinner table. Ahh, fruits and veggies the constant battle ground between a child and parent often ending up with the parent losing or giving up. Parents are constantly trying to come up with healthy snack ideas and recipes to get their kids to eat more fruits and veggies, the problem is not all kids are the same so not all ideas and recipes will work for everyone. In an attempt to get creative, Stacey from “The Soccer Mom” blog has some cute and healthy snack ideas for kids starting with these fruit ladybugs recipe and some tips on how to get your kids to eat more fruit.
Stacey starts off with removing the stems of strawberries and cutting them in half. Taking blueberries to use as their heads is a great idea to get kids to eat more than just one fruit at a time. Did you know that blueberries are a super food? The nutritional value of blueberries are not only that they are packed with natural antioxidants, but have overall optimal health benefits. While being high in fibre, potassium, vitamin C and Vitamin B6, not to mention being delicious, these little guys are a great addition to these fruit lady bugs recipe. Stacey adds a little something special to these cute creations which are sure to have the kids gravitating towards them. To incorporate other fruit like pineapple, or apples to this recipe you can always use small cookie cutters to make them into animals and shapes. If you are looking for some additional tips to get your kids to eat more fruit then Stacey is your girl. Kids are all about contests and competition; maybe it’s a race at the dinner table to see who can finish their veggies first, or who ate one more green bean than the other? How about a guessing game, how many bites does it take to eat three carrots? Reverse psychology proves to be effective some times, “I don’t think Charlie can eat that piece of broccoli faster than dad”. Kids are always ready to prove the adults wrong and reign supreme.
Some other healthy eating ideas for kids could be to make the food recipes appealing to the kids. Arrange the food on their plate into patterns like a heart or smiley face. How about a fruit or veggie kabob recipe, with a side of ranch or fruit yogurt for dipping? Be creative, take a smoothie recipe full of fruit and throw in some spinach to get some extra iron, the kids will never know all the goodness they are getting. Thank you to Stacey from “The Soccer Mom” blog for this Fruit Ladybugs recipe and tips to get your kids to eat more fruit. Her blog is a parenting and positive lifestyle blog that is full of family, food, recipes, healthy mind and body and DIY, you are definitely going to want to check it out.
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