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Play with Your Fruit! How to Make Healthy Eating Fun for Kids

“Don’t play with your food”. Did you hear this from your parents growing up? If you ever hear yourself saying it to your own kids, it’s time to ask yourself: What’s so wrong with making food fun? Here’s how to make healthy eating fun for kids!

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Many parents struggle with getting their kids to eat healthy foods like fruit and vegetables, especially if they try to force kids into having them. So how do you get your kids to love fruit? Make it fun!

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Kids are naturally hands-on and one of the key ways they learn about food is by touching it. Serving kids finger foods with dips, getting them involved in recipes and being creative with using food to make art and play games are all wonderful ways to get kids to love healthy foods!

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Disclosure: This article was written in collaboration with Fruits from Chile. All opinions are 100% my own. 

We’re lucky when you think about the variety of fresh fruit we have access to all year long. Unlike your parents and grandparents, you’re not just limited to apples this time of year. We take it for granted now, but when you see blueberries, peaches, and other “summer” fruits in the grocery store during the winter months, where do you think they come from?

Chile! Luckily, Chile has summer – and their peak fruit growing season – at the same time that we have winter and slim pickings for fruit options. That means we can get fresh blueberries, peaches, grapes, plums, nectarines and apricots even when it’s snowing outside!

Here are 5 fun ideas you can try with your kids to get playful in the kitchen… and help them get all the antioxidant and fibre benefits from fresh fruit!

How to Make Healthy Eating Fun for Kids

1. Blueberry Pancake Butterfly

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(Photo credit: Fruits from Chile).

Make breakfast fun with this creative food art idea! Make some pancakes and cut them in half to make your butterfly wings. Then offer kids a bowl of fresh blueberries to decorate their butterflies. It’s (almost) too pretty to eat!

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2. Plum, Peach or Nectarine “Donuts”

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Isn’t the power of suggestion amazing? My aunt who has young children recently told me that she gets her kids asking for yogurt for dessert because she calls her yogurt parfaits sundaes! The kids love to decorate them and now they’ll choose yogurt over baked goods any day.

That’s where the spirit of these “donuts” comes from. They look similar to the sugary, deep fried version but they’re so much healthier. And more fun, because you get to decorate your own!

No need to wait until your fruit is soft for this fun recipe that gets kids creative. These “donuts” work better when your plum, peach or nectarine is more firm.

Slice your fruit in half horizontally and remove the pits. Slice again horizontally to make 1/2 inch thick rounds that will be your “donuts”. Using a paring knife or an apple corer, punch a hole through the centre of your rounds.

Get your kids to decorate their treats with some yogurt or nut butter for the icing and chopped nuts, seeds, raisins or granola for the sprinkles!

3.  Blueberry Tic-Tac-Toe

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Mix yogurt or ricotta cheese together with some orange zest and a small spoonful of honey. Put it in a ziploc bag and cut the tip off of one of the bottom corners to make a piping bag. On a plate or a piece of toast, squeeze the bag to draw a tic-tac-toe board and use either citrus slices (as pictured above) or some delicious peach or nectarine slices as X’s and blueberries as O’s.

Kids will love the challenge of trying to beat you at a game. Don’t let them win too many times!

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Better yet, raise the stakes: whoever wins the round gets to eat all the fruit on the plate… and dip into the yummy yogurt or ricotta dip! Finally, fruit is the reward, not something kids have to be coerced into eating!

4. Grape Caterpillars

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(Photo credit: Fruits from Chile).

Kids love arts and crafts. Especially when they get to eat them afterwards!

Using fresh or frozen grapes, have your kids create some caterpillars. You can use a couple of raisins or nuts for the eyes. The best part: after your kids devour your creations, you get to tease them about eating bugs!

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5. Blueberry S’Mores!




These blueberry s’mores are a super quick and easy recipe that kids of all ages can make. No oven, stove, campfire or sharp knives required!

Plus, it’s packed with antioxidants from blueberries and natural sweetness, so you don’t need any added sugar.

Bonus: Free Printable Activity Sheets!

Looking for more ways to help your kids have fun with their fruit?

Download these free printable activity sheets for kids. They’ll get a scavenger hunt, some trivia, puzzles and more… all about blueberries!

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What are your top tips on how to make healthy eating fun for kids? Share your ideas in the comments below!

If you liked this article, check out my tips on packing healthier lunches for kids – plus a printable list to help you make sure you’re including all the nutrients kids need for energy, focus and good health.

Have fun showing your kids how fun it is to play with your fruit!

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