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If We Want Our Kids To Eat More Fruit Maybe We Should Let Them Play With It - Mission Fruit - Day Two

Posted Jan 15 2009 11:46pm
To keep up with (one of) my New Year's resolutions to get my kids to not only eat more fruit because I want like them to, but also because they want to, I have been trying to find new ways of jazzing up how I serve fruit to them. Today's idea makes a fun after-school snack that can be thrown together before your kids have abandoned their backpacks, coats and in my case, wet and snowy boots on the floor of your kitchen -- please don't tell me I'm the only mother that this is happening to!

This recipe could not be simpler and requires three ingredients that we all probably already have on hand -- fruit, yogurt and cereal. Here it is:

  • Clean and cut-up fruit to a bite-sized piece. In my case I used whole strawberries, which happened to be on sale this week and looked surprisingly ripe and juicy. I also used a banana. Feel free to use any fruit you feel your children will most enjoy. Mix it up every now and then -- this might be an easy way to get your kids to try new fruit.

  • Roll or dip fruit pieces into flavored yogurt of your choice and then roll each piece into your kid's favorite cereal. As I've written in earlier posts, I'm a big fan of Ellie Krieger. Her homemade granola recipe has no added fat and is sweetened with pure maple syrup, not to mention it is very easy to throw together.

  • Serve with a skewer or as demonstrated by my son Ben -- let them have fun using their (hopefully clean) hands.

  • Another fun way to serve this is allowing your kids to use their skewers and dip pieces of fruit in yogurt and then in cereal -- it will really feel like a fruit fondue.

    I know this recipe may not seem all that exciting, but you'll be surprised how a little change in your kid's regular routine will make this so simple and easy to prepare healthy snack seem like a real special treat. (Psst, remember, we want them to want to eat fruit!)

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