Fruit is nature’s candy, right? Why do some children have such a hard time trying new fruits then?! Trying unfamiliar foods can be challenging for our picky eaters at home, even when it is something naturally sweet like fruit. Here are some ideas to help your child with a limited food palate try new fruits at home.
Creamy Lime Popsicles
Many kids who wouldn’t touch spinach on their plate will happily enjoy it when it’s used to color a lime popsicle. Everyone expects a lime popsicle to be green, right?
1 1/2 cups pineapple (fresh or frozen)
3/4 cup coconut milk
1/2-1 cup spinach
Zest and juice of 1 lime
Puree all ingredients in a blender until completely smooth. Pour into your favorite popsicle mold and freeze for 3-4 hours, or until completely solid.
Strawberry Beet Popsicles
These gorgeous ice pops get their color from the combination of strawberries and beets. The strawberry flavor is definitely what you’ll taste most, though this is a great way to introduce your kids to beets. Look for frozen beets or refrigerated cooked beets for even simpler prep!
1 1/2 cups strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup beets (cooked and cooled)
3/4 cup apple juice
1 tsp lemon juice or balsamic vinegar (trust me!)
In a blender (preferably a high-speed blender), puree all ingredients until completely smooth. Pour into your favorite popsicle mold and freeze 3-4 hours, or until completely firm.
Happy Exploring! If you have any concerns with your picky eater, give us a call at TEAM 4 Kids.
Dana Messer, M.S. CCC-SLP and Katie Pell, M.S. CCC-SLP