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Healthy Family Nutrition Tips- Help your child to eat more fruit

Posted on Oct 13, 2008 by Maggie LaBarbera

A great deal of children get their fruit servings from juice. While 100% juice is good and full of vitamins, the problem is there is a lot of sugar. And your child could be getting the same servings with so much less calories.

I know. Can't we just be happy that they are getting fruit in their diet. Yes....and No. Sugar is just lurking in those juices and you might be surprised if you read the label. Combine that with the sugar they are probably getting from the cereal, and well, you wouldn't give them candy for breakfast. But guess what, combining the sugar from cereal and juice and they are getting as much as they would if you gave them candy.

Here is a way to move your child from drinking their fruit to eating their fruit.

  • First, be patient, change takes time.
  • Limit the juice, pour the small glass and put the juice back in the fridge. Out of sight, out of mind.
  • Start diluting the juice with some water. You will be surprised how sweet the juice will taste after a week.
  • Put cut up, peeled fruit, bite size on table for them to snack on
  • Less juice, more fresh fruit options



Elgielene Funderburk
Tuesday, Oct 14, 2008 @ 08:52 PM

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I enjoyed your post, and I might just add a couple of other tips: Encourage your kids to touch the fruit and get used to how it feels and smells. Maybe ask them questions like what kind of animals would also like this fruit. And teach them if they're too young to already know. They'll really enjoy the interaction, and then you may have to buy more fruit. To your health and the health of your kids... Elgielene
Monday, Oct 27, 2008 @ 03:25 PM

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Such a good reminder of why we need to offer up "whole foods" to our kiddos! "Apple Fries" were a big hit at my house, way before BK unveiled them... make them shoestring cut, and watch them be devoured! (spray lightly with lemon so they don't turn brown. I totally echo your advice to put cut up, bite size fruits on the table for snack time--they love it...a fruit buffet.

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