Not to brag, but I am fairly lucky when it comes to my children’s eating habits. My seven year old is not only willing to try anything, but she actually makes conscious decisions to eat healthy (ok bragging a little). I’ve seen her bypass a cookie for a peach, filling my heart with happiness. My youngest is pickier, but at age five she is also making smart choices, though will seldom pass up that cookie.
I’ve never had much trouble getting them to eat fruits and veggies, but when it is dessert time, some coaxing is often in order to keep them satisfied with simply fruit. It’s my own fault. I’m a big fan of dessert myself, so it sometimes becomes a bit of a habit until I remind myself to break that cycle.
My favorite way to make the fruit more enticing is to
make fruit plates. Sometimes they are elaborate, sometimes simply silly. Regardless – they always get a great response and then gobbled up! Not only do we enjoy eating them, but they are also a real pleasure to create. It’s become something of a zen activity for me.
You can only imagine my joy when my little ones began asking me to cut fruit for them to design their own fruit plates! It’s become quite a hobby for my youngest and I must say she’s got a knack for it. We often incorporate veggies too.
Now I really will start bragging. Last weekend I was awakened twice with fruit plates made with child labor and love. The one to the right was admittedly made with help from my man – there’s even an egg in the bowl at its center ~ super yum! Perhaps the best part, is when the girls announce themselves proudly and climb into my bed to help me eat their delicious art!
I can’t wait to see what my lovelies create for me next weekend!
Help your kiddos treat you! Simply cut the fruit the night before and keep it in covered containers in the fridge. Leave a plate out within their reach and earn yourself an extra 15 minutes or more of sleep! Proudness and sweetness all around!
Please share any “Do it Themselves” Mother’s Day ideas by commenting below – the more the merrier!