Getting a preschooler to try new foods can be difficult. Your preschooler may be more inclined to try a new fruit or veggie knowing it is National Fruit and Veggie Month. Keep reading for a few fun ideas to try a new fruit or veggie this month.
Visit an Orchard
Spend a day visiting a farm or orchard with your preschooler. Prepare your preschooler by reading books about orchards or farms prior to your visit. Talk about the many different ways to prepare the fruits or veggies you will be picking. Involve your preschooler in choosing how to prepare your haul once you get home. Once you’re home, enjoy time in the kitchen preparing a new dish with your preschooler using the fresh produce he helped pick.
Visit a Farmer’s Market
Plan a visit to a local farmer’s market. Take your time and explore the many different types of produce available. Ask the farmers about how the fruits and vegetables are grown. Many farmers will be happy to share their favorite way to prepare and eat their produce. Your preschooler may be motivated to choose a fruit or vegetable to try after hearing how they are grown and how the farmers enjoy them.
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 back 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 spear. 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.
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