Fruits..the lack of it
Posted by: Sharmila Rajah, 6-Apr-2009
Alright….. maybe I do worry a little especially when Ayanna totally refuses to take her fruits. From when she was 6 months, fruits featured so prominently on her menu. These days the only fruits she takes comes in the form of fruit juice. A daily vitamin supplement is also given.
Since fruit sand vegetables don’t have to be whole to be nutritious, I sometimes get sneaky and whip up a banana shake or opt to give her some strawberry or mango yogurt.
Experts say it’s more likely a sign of self-assertion this refusal to eat fruits.
How do you get your toddlers to eat fruits/ vegetables?
I started giving fruit to my little girl, Yara since she was 4 months old. Doctors in Malaysia recommends feeding at 6 months. However, when I was in Europe, I checked with the Peds there and its perfectly fine to give 4 mths old baby food such as fruits or veg once a day.
I used to blend banana, apple and a bit of orange juice for Yara. She loves it. I still do that once a week for breakfast till this day. A perfect way of making kids eating fruits. Having said that Yara gets her daily fruits at 3pm-4pm after her nap. I never give her cracker for snack time. Only fruits- papaya, watermelon, apple etc. Put it in plate and decorate it with smily face of a shape of flower or animal. By doing this she gets her fruit dosage daily and she always look forward to it.
I have a little son too and there was a stage he refused to eat fruits. The more i insisted he eat them the more he refused. So I would play games that included eating fruits.
Example - Orange Monster - i would cut the orange into wedges and we would wedge it in our mouths and go about the house pretending to be monsters! He loved this game so much that he would insist on doing orange monster every day and more than half the orange would be consumed!
So I would do so many games - "Honeydew Pile up", "Banana Traffic Jam", Pin the Grapes. Each fruit had a story and a game and within a month i noticed he was eating various fruits and in time I didn't have to do the games at all.
Hope this helps....
hi. my ethan started refusing fruits too sometime ago.. so i did this.. mixed them with cultured milk. u can see it here at this link..
Thanks so much for all your valuable input and comments. Ayanna is still picky when it comes to eating her fruits but at least there's a slight ounce of improvement. She's willing to try. So these days I try to make it as fun as possible for her.
Thanks once again and keep up the great work!