Including fruits and veggies into my families’ daily meals has always been a BIG priority of mine. Growing up in England, every Sunday my mother would cook a traditional ‘Sunday Lunch’ which contained between 3-4 varieties of steamed vegetables. I grew up knowing that it wasn’t an option to leave the veggies on my plate and I learned to love the taste of all the different kinds my mother would serve. I want to instill the same kind of value to my children and here are some helpful ideas of how I plan to.
Aside from the obvious health reasons to eat fruit and vegetables these foods make your plate more colorful and delicious! Here are some fun and creative food ideas for both fruit and veggies, and then I will let you in on some sneaky secrets of mine to get my kids to eat up the goodness!
- Fruit kabobs
- Fruit pizza (large or mini)
- Veggie pasta salad
- Corn on the cob
- Chicken and rice with veggie mix
- Apples with peanut butter or caramel
- Real fruit popsicles
- Carrots and ranch dip
I find that my best bet to get fruit and vegetables eaten is to incorporate them with other things, even if it is something sweet like caramel dip. One of my favorite recipes is chicken and rice; with the creamy sauce you can disguise the veggies. I choose ‘small’ veggies, like a mixed bag with peas, corn and small carrots. The kids love it and never complain; again the veggies really brighten up the meal!
Corn on the cob is great in the summer, its extra delicious because it’s in season, it’s usually cheap on a special deal at your local supermarket, it’s a bright color, and it’s fun and different for the kids to pick up and eat. My son and daughter LOVE getting out the corn on the cob holders to put in the ends. It truly makes it more fun for them to eat because of the utensil change!
Fruit kabobs are a double whammy because you can have the kids help put together the fruit on the kabob sticks. Good fruits for this idea are; grapes, banana’s, pineapple chunks, watermelon, cantaloupe, blueberries.
Another option for fruit is the real fruit popsicles, although it’s not exactly like picking up an apple it is an icy cold treat and you get a serving of fruit! Also try to keep handy snacks around like raisins, and craisins.
Fruit pizzas are simply delicious and beautiful to look at. They are so colorful and you can really get creative on how you arrange the fruits on the top of them. My personal favorite fruit on these is kiwi fruit; the green against the other colors looks awesome! I like the full size pizza or individual cookie style pies. Either way these are GREAT and are sure to be a hit at any party or BBQ feast.
Above all, keep your fridge stocked. This is easy for almost anyone. You will eat what you have on hand, period. So, every time you run into the store pick up something fresh, in fact make a promise to yourself that you will pick up 2 fresh items whether if be a fruit and or a vegetable. That way you will incorporate them into your meals!
I hope you find these idea’s helpful, good luck and happy cooking everyone!