If you’re a parent of a toddler then you are more than familiar with the picky eater syndrome. Its where one day your child may love a specific food or meal and the next they won’t touch it. It’s also where they decide not to eat fruits or vegetables, which I understand is a lifelong battle for some. I recently found some relief to this issue and wanted to share.
Dried Fruits and Veggies!
My daughter eats these up and I know she has no clue that she’s eating the same things that were on her plate just in a different style.
Don’t worry the nutrients are still there, just not the water. It’s also a great way to get not only your child but also your daily servings of fruits and veggies. Dried fruit is a great source for antioxidants, which according to some studies help with weight loss.
Here are some tips in selecting what dried fruits and vegetables to feed your child:
- Stay away from anything with added salt and/or sugar or preservatives. There are some that are flavored with fruit juices which is a good choice.
- Buy bulk! Saves money but still read the labels for the additives.
- Let them try everything! Just because you don’t like a particular fruit or veggie does not mean that your child won’t. Since our tastes and habits form at an early age, it’s great practice to feed children things that we may not like, they may grow to like them!
- Here are some excellent choices for dried fruit: Apples, Apricots, Mangos, Papaya, and Pears. Some say stay clear of the banana chips because it’s normally fried. The mix we get at Fresh Market has bananas, star fruit, apples, pineapples and honeydew melon.
- Veggies: Carrots and String Beans.
- Instead of resorting to veggie chips which are healthier choices than real potato chips, go straight to the health food store and get dried/dehydrated veggies—not fried and a better choice.
Hope this helps!