Do you have a preschooler who is hesitant to eat fruits or vegetables? National Fruit and Veggies Month is a great time to plan some fun activities to entice your little one to try new fruits and veggies. Below are ideas to help get you started.
Visit an Orchard
Plan a family outing to a local orchard or farm to pick fruits and vegetables together. Your preschooler will have fun learning about where these foods come from and picking them in person. Once you have your bounty of fruits or vegetables, head home to prepare a recipe together using your fresh picked goodies.
Visit a Farmer’s Market
Find a farmer’s market in your area and spend a morning walking around shopping for new fruits or veggies to try. Talk to the farmers present and ask for their favorite ways to enjoy the produce they grow. Encourage your preschooler to choose at least one item to take home to try!
Jicama is also known as a Mexican yam or Mexican turnip. Jicama is high in antioxidants and fiber. They have a slight sweet taste and are often compared to apples. You can peel and slice jicama into sticks and serve with your preschooler’s favorite dipping sauce or you can make jicama fries. To make jicama fries, begin by peeling the jicama and slicing it into fry like sticks. Toss the sticks in olive oil and season to taste. Spread the jicama sticks in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for approximately 30 minutes at 400℉.
Make it Fun
Is your preschooler hesitant to try new fruits? Try cutting the fruits or veggies into fun shapes using cookie cutters. A flower shaped piece of pineapple may be more enticing than a pineapple ring. You can also find cutting the fruit or vegetable differently (i.e. cut the cucumber into fry shapes, instead of rounds) makes a difference in your preschooler trying something new. A variety of tasty, healthy dip can make all the difference in the world!
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