fresh fruit vs. canned

Mandy - posted on 03/29/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Ok, so of course I know that fresh fruit is better than canned, but is canned still nutritious enough if my 3 year old refuses to eat fresh? She is a VERY picky eater, she won't touch any fresh fruit and any kind of veggies are out of the question. She'll eat canned fruit but only if its yellow......which ends up being mostly pears and pineapple. I'm really worried that she's missing out on a lot of nutrition and that its going to get worse....she used to love all kinds of produce but the older she gets the more things she starts refusing.

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Melissa - posted on 03/29/2010

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Do you eat fruit and veggies? If you don't then she probably won't either. When you offer a snack give a couple options, and then you eat the same thing she is eating. She might be more inclined to eat it if mommy is too. Sometimes we have to lead by example. If you do eat them and lead by example then ignore this post! :)

Tiffany - posted on 03/29/2010

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If she is so hung up on the color thing as well... try doing a science project and dying fruit... like apples...
Or have you tried baking fruit? baked apple or pear or any pitted fruit is really good.
Maybe if she help with the prep work she would be more excited with eating it.

Make sure that she sees you eating lots of different fruits and veggies.

Grace - posted on 03/29/2010

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grow some peas! when we were kids we would always go pick some peas off the vine for a snack because it as fun!

Mandy - posted on 03/29/2010

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You know what the smoothie idea is fantastic. I'm going to try that tonight maybe for dessert....I'm well stocked on fresh strawberries and bananas.....yogurt and OJ...... Thanks Brandi!!!

Brandi - posted on 03/29/2010

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have you tried mixing the fresh fruit into a smoothie??? add a little fresh juice and some ice or frozen yogurt. It's delicious.

Eleisha - posted on 03/29/2010

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I think the best thing you can do is STOP offering canned foods. She will NOT starve herself; but she knows that if she doesn't eat the fresh stuff, you will give in and give her canned; she is counting on this, and this is why she is refusing.
Kids LOVE to be independent. I would suggest offering a wide range or coloured, textured healthy foods that she can choose from. Get her to help you prepare meals so that she will be more inclined to eat them. Eat together and make mealtimes enjoyable. If you stop offering canned food she will quickly realise and begin to eat the fresh stuff
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Kristin - posted on 03/29/2010

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Just keep offering her a wide variety of fruits and veggies. Kids are funny about food. It's temperature could be wrong, the texture isn't right, it's the wrong color. Talk with her doc about a children's vitamin to keep your bases covered.

You might try poaching fruits for her. It softens it and it seems a little sweeter, but you control the sugar content. She might be willing to try more things that way. Also, with spring upon us, you will have access to better produce now. Check out stuff at your local farmer's market (I know a little more $$$, but totally worth it), they will have fresher than fresh, seasonal stuff. You really can't beat that flavor. Also, start a cherry tomato plant, she will love it. Mine can sit there and eat those like candy right off the plant. Kind of a fun learning experience too.

good luck.

Mandy - posted on 03/29/2010

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Jamie, thanks for the ideas....I'll try them and I'll try to be optomistic that she will too. :)

Erin, ya I always get the kind in water, I hate the fruit packed in syrup, especially heavy syrup.....its so much extra sugar....not to mention super sticky and gross.

Erin - posted on 03/29/2010

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Jamie has some good ideas for you. I agree that if she its it at least she's getting something. Also, make sure you are only buying the canned fruit in water NOT in syrup, that sugar is really bad, if you can't find any just in water be sure to rinse the fruit first to get all the syrup off.

Jamie - posted on 03/29/2010

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Your right, fresh is better, but if thats the only way to get her to eat it, then I say it's better than nothing! Also, have you tried making fresh applesauce? I used to make it with the kids in my preschool class (when I taught). It was a fun activity for them and they loved the applesauce. You can also do other snacks that incorporate fruit, like apples and peanut butter. Or take crackers, spread strawberry cream cheese on it and put half of a strawberry on top. With veggies, have you tried ants on a log? There are different fun things you can try and see if any of that works.

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