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how to get dd to eat fruit??

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Lizita Thu 28-Jul-05 15:53:41

My nearly-2-yr-old dd EATS NO FRUIT at all! Except in petit filous! My fault really, I didn’t introduce it properly at finger-food age, she only ever ate fruit puree but has gone off that since. And I hardly eat fruit myself so I think that’s why it just hasn’t naturally fallen into our diets. Now, she seems to refuse to try anything hard & wet, including cucumber, tomatoes and things like that! She will eat raisins though…and once she ate some rhubarb crumble which surprised me, but only once, she got wise a second time!
Any suggestions about how to break this?

Nbg Thu 28-Jul-05 15:55:32

So she won't eat apple or a banana?

How about making some ice lollies out of fruit. Perfect for this time of year.

Lizita Thu 28-Jul-05 15:59:02

Not apple, but she does eat banana occasionally, I forgot about that...
Have tried to introduce her to ice lollies with that in mind (though not home made) but she didn't go for it... likes ice cream!

saadia Thu 28-Jul-05 16:03:03

What about a fruit smoothie. I give ds1 a blend of banana, milk and ice-cream. Also works well with mango and strawberries. But not all fruits are suitable with milk. Would she drink freshly-squeezed OJ?

Melpomene Thu 28-Jul-05 16:17:29

My dd is similar. I bought loads of different fruit and we made fruit kebabs together with berries and chunks of fruit. She had fun putting the fruit on the sticks but still didn't really want to eat it

Might be worth a try, though.

I also make apple muffins for her, using a healthy recipe. And you can put apple in savoury casseroles.

WigWamBam Thu 28-Jul-05 16:21:31

It might be worth you eating more fruit yourself, she won't want to eat something that she thinks you don't have to eat.

If she won't eat hard and wet things, try her with some berries - raspberries, strawberries and blackberries go down well with my dd - or let her try eating a kiwi fruit with a teaspoon (like an egg) so that she doesn't feel how wet it is.

suzywong Thu 28-Jul-05 16:39:21

smoothies are a good idea

why not take her shopping to the green grocers and let her choose what she wants and bag it herself? And you get some fruit down yourself in front of her too, that would be a start

Lizita Thu 28-Jul-05 16:39:40

Thanks all, i'll give it all a try. Re juice, when she was weaning I put off trying her with juice because I wanted her to get used to water first. Now, she won't drink anything but milk or water!! I drink juice quite often and she shows an interest but never accepts an offer of it.
Have tried strawberries, raspberries...the other day she did actually put a raspberry in her mouth but spat it out in disgust! She's not used to the sour taste, that's the problem. Keep meaning to try mixing real fruit with plain fromage frais (as she likes petit filous) but I have a feeling she'd be smart enough to figure out what I've done!

tortoiseshell Thu 28-Jul-05 16:41:28

Lizita - not your fault at all. Ds had LOADS of fruit/veg etc and still doesn't eat them. They are a law unto themselves I think! Just keep offering it. I heard that a toddler needs to be offered food something like 25 times before they will taste it.

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