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Getting your child to eat a healthy and balanced diet is not as simple as one might hope. As much as you stop buying industrial pastries or giving them so many candies, it is difficult to make them eat what they do not want. There are children who, for example, they hate fruit. However, it is an essential food group in your diet, as it provides you with many vitamins and minerals.
When you have tried by all means to convince them that they have to eat everything, and it has not been achieved, you have to bet on other types of strategies. Have you tried to make fruit stop looking like fruit? We propose some recipes for smoothies for kids who don't like fruit.
Write down these recipes for smoothies and fruit juices so that your children want to eat more fruit. Suggest that they participate in the preparation themselves, as this will make them more willing to try them.
1. Apple smoothie
The apple is one of the favorite fruits of children because of its flavor and because they are easy to eat. However, there are many children who do not want to hear about it because of its rough and sandy texture in the mouth. However, it is rich in antioxidants, contributes a lot of fiber to the diet and contains vitamins B and C.
We propose a rich apple smoothie recipe for which you need an apple, 125 ml of milk, half natural yogurt and a tablespoon of sugar. As simple as putting all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. If you want, you can add a pinch of cinnamon to disguise the taste of the apple.
2. Watermelon smoothie
The watermelon smoothie is light and very refreshing, so children who do not like fruit will drink it more eagerly, as if it were a soft drink. Watermelon is made up of 90% water and provides a lot of vitamin A and C.
To prepare it, cut a few pieces of watermelon and separate the red meat from the green skin. Put them in the blender and add a few ice cubes for a very light drink. For a creamier smoothie, add a handful of blueberries, a few raspberries, and half a yogurt to the blender ... and blend everything. Do not remove the seeds, because they contain a lot of vitamin C. If it is not sweet enough, you can add a teaspoon of honey.
3. Strawberry smoothie
Strawberries are very unpleasant for some children because of their texture and acid taste. However, when it is prepared in the form of a smoothie, children are much more willing to try it. This fruit is very beneficial, because it provides a lot of vitamin B and C.
Preparing a strawberry smoothie is very simple. You only have to take about 20 strawberries, 10 cherries and a natural yogurt. To avoid having to add sugar, you can add a little honey or use a strawberry yogurt. If your child doesn't like to find lumps in his smoothie, you can strain it through a very fine filter to remove all the seeds.
4. Melon smoothie
The melon smoothie is delicious and your child will love it because it is so sweet. It is a very good fruit for children, as it is an important source of potassium, folic acid and amino acids.
The melon smoothie recipe, in addition to this fruit, requires a natural yogurt or half a glass of semi-skimmed milk. Cut the melon flesh into pieces and put them in a blender. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend well. Add a sprig of mint for a fresh touch and surprise your little one.
5. Peach smoothie
There are many children who refuse to take peaches because they do not like to touch the skin, although they are not willing to taste it once it has been peeled. Therefore, presenting it to them in the form of a smoothie is a good alternative to benefit from its properties (fiber, vitamin C, potassium ...).
To prepare this smoothie you must peel and cut a couple of peaches into pieces. Put them in the blender with a little sugar, a natural yogurt, a little cinnamon and ice (to make it more refreshing). Some people add a little coconut milk to disguise the taste of peaches.
In addition to trying to disguise the fruit through smoothies, there are other ways to get your child to learn to appreciate fruit more and to start eating everything.
- Try that the fruit is always in sight
Place the fruit bowl on the table or kitchen counter to familiarize your child with the different types of fruit.
- Let him go shopping with you
Go with your child to the market and make him participate in the entire fruit buying process. By helping to select the products, you will be more tempted to eat it. On the other hand, your child will also love that you plant a fruit tree, that you take care of it as a family and that later you collect it to eat its fruits. After you have participated in the growth of the fruit, you will be more open to eating these foods.
- Try the sweetest fruits
A child who does not like fruit will be more attracted to the sweet taste of a banana or an apple than the acid touch of a raspberry or tangerine. For this reason, it is advisable to offer them those that have a more pleasant taste for them, which they consider almost a candy.
- Propose to read a story starring the fruit
Before eating, you can read as a family a story in which fruit is the protagonist. In this way, your child will get closer to it and will stop considering it a type of unpleasant food.
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