Everyone knows how important it is that everyone, especially children, eat their 5 pieces of fruit per day but the big mistake that many parents make is that it is just to boring. If your children love fruit and would rather eat a piece of fruit rather than a chocolate bar any day of the week, then you are a very lucky parent with very healthy children.
The usual scenario is that you send your child to school with a piece of fruit and find that it is still in their lunch box when they come home. Sending your child to school with a piece of fruit like this is a complete waste of time and they will grow up to believe that eating fruit is something of a chore and this will pass on to their adult life.
When sending your child to school with a piece of fruit it is a good idea to experiment a little and jazz things up a little bit. What about this, spend a couple of hours with your child one Sunday afternoon and have some fun with the blender. Experiment with some different fruits and juices and blend them up to see what you come up with. When you and your child have come up with something that fits the bill you could make up a blend up a couple of times a week and they could take it to school in a small flask. This is just the same as sending your child to school with a piece of fruit but much more fun.
One word of warning here though, when you are experimenting, make sure that you make a note of the fruit and juices that you are blending up. There is nothing worse that finding that you have produced the ideal smoothie only to forget what you have put in it in the first place.
Another option when sending your child to school with a piece of fruit would be to purchase a tool which cuts the fruit into interesting shapes such as letter of the alphabet. Just by making the fruit a little bit out of the ordinary can have a big impact in making the fruit more interesting to eat for children and before you know it they will be choosing to take a piece of fruit to school rather than a chocolate bar and crisps.
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