I am just curious because I was talking ot a friend the other day and she mentioned that her 3 year old daughter has not had any fruit for 3 0r 4 days except a banana and some fresh lemonade.
I was realy shocked to hear that. I think mainly because she seems to be very health concious. She is a vegitarian, only lets her kids have organic food, is very strict about and has never aloud her 3 y/o to have any kind of suguar and so on.
I probably wouldn't have blinked an eye if it were a mainstream family.
Ds gets 2 to 4 servings of fruit a day.
I was wondering what other naturally minded health concious mama's think about fresh fruits and how often do you and your family eat them
Most days my kids have a couple servings of fruit (2-3 slices of melon, cup of strawberries, .5-1 apple, etc...), DD has some juice and then a yogurt & fruit smoothie. Occasionally they have an organic fruit leather.
They used to eat a lot more fruit, but the price of organic fruit kills me so we have cut back a bit.
Mine eat a fair amount of fruit. Whatever is in season, plus some frozen berries we keep on hand.
They do fairly well with veggies. I have found it key, however, to mix things up. What works one day doesn't always translate to the next day.
Some things that work with some consistency:
tomatos, esp grape tom
red chard stems
What I have started doing is to put cut carrots and other stuff on hand (grape tomatos, snap peas...) on the table along with dinner. They almost always eat that, and then I don't fret so much about if they have any of the dinner veggies.
Talia's just recently begun to eat fruit. I couldn't convince her to eat any for, well, most of her life. It was a banner day when I could talk her into eating a strawberry. But, she always ate a lot of vegetables, and she was nursing a lot, so I didn't push the issue too much. Since she's weaned (she just turned four, she weaned a few months ago), she's begun eating more fruit. But, she has otherwise restricted her diet a lot in the last few months, too. Fewer vegetables, less willing to try new things, unwilling to eat things she used to eat but hasn't had in a while.
Anyway, she currently eats maybe 2 servings a day on average. She's really into sliced, peeled apples sprinkled with cinnamon. She'll frequently go for a banana, pineapple, clementines or a strawberry or two. She loves dried papaya, mango and apples, as well as raisins. And she occasionally eats fresh mango. Blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, regular oranges, grapefruit, pears... all no-go.
My younger one, now... she's a fruit bat. She'll down an entire banana and an apple and still have room left for strawberries. I'd say she eats 2-4 servings a day, and could probably do even more if I let her.
They eat fruit with breakfast, fruit or veggies at least once a day as a snack, and fruit or veggie with/ in lunch. Dinner usually includes 2-3 veggies.
My 2 year old isn't fond of leafy greens, like chard, but will eat anything else, as will the 8 year old. My oldest is more selective, but it's a texture thing. (He now enjoys salad, but only with Annie's Raspberry Vinagrette. He won't even try other dressings!)
Snack veggies include: Carrots, red pepper strips, snap peas, celery with nut butter. Right now we have mangoes, oranges, grapefruit and kiwis for fruit. We also do smoothies once or twice a week, with bananas, berries, etc.
We can polish off a 6 lb box of madarins in one afternoon. lol