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Children are more inclined to eat fruit that has been made to look good than fruit in its “raw” state. Therefore, you will usually find it easier to tempt little ones into healthy snacking with colourful fruit kebabs or similar than with plain fruit per se. For pre-school children you can conjure up a face on a plate, for instance:

Thick slices of kiwi become big, googly eyes, half a large strawberry turns into a nose and a small banana cut lengthways down the middle is a grinning mouth. You can then arrange small slices of strawberry and the rest of the kiwi and banana to create hair.

Little ones also love colourful fruit kebabs. Different types of fruit are not mixed together in a salad, but stuck onto small wooden skewers one after the other. Strawberries, seedless grapes, cherries, bananas and all kinds of other fruit are ideal for this. At a children’s birthday party, for example, fruit kebabs could be stuck into half a melon to create a “fruit hedgehog”.


Parents should let their imagination run wild when it comes to surprising their kids with new ways of serving fruit, as this will give them a real appetite for it. A recent study carried out in the Netherlands and Belgium proved that this effort does pay off. In the journal “Appetite”, scientists reported that children ate almost twice as much of the same type of fruit if it was offered to them as fruit kebabs. By contrast, fruit pieces on a white plate left most kids cold.

Author: Hendrik Jürgens

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