We all know crunchy and colorful fruits are very important and enjoyable in our kid’s diet. Most babies eat fruits and vegetables in their first year. However, after becoming more independent eaters, many kids become fussier and distance themselves to some foods including fruits.
Forcing children to eat more fruits never works, however what works best is to set a good example by eating fruits yourself. Make sure to include as many fruits as possible in your family’s diet and enjoy them together!
Fruits are abundant in essential nutrients and vitamins which contribute to a child’s health, growth as well as development. Besides, fruits also include other important plant substances that can help reduce the risk of some diseases such as cancers and heart disease.
We at Education Finders look at the top 7 fruits which are readily available in the supermarkets in UAE and your kids should definitely be exposed to them on a regular basis
Apple is really one of the best fruits for human health. Are you familiar with the saying “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away”? The nutrients apples provide actually help your kids stay strong and healthy while doing the things they love such as climbing, jumping, playing sports, etc.
Pectin which is a dietary fiber has some amazing properties. It can dissolve in water and also stimulate good bacteria to live in your kids’ gut and simultaneously, fight against any bad bacteria which try to live there.
Secondly, a mineral called boron will help your kids’ bone and teeth stay strong and healthy. As your children are in the most important years in a child’s development, this mineral is very essential to them. Just one apple can supply a quarter of your kids’ vitamin C requirements.
Finally, apples help to protect you and your kids from diseases such as heart attacks, cancers, vision disorders, diabetes, and so on.
These include strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and blackberries. The darker the colour pigment of the berry the more nutritious is its value.
Berries contain high levels of antioxidants, especially vitamin C which can help prevent the risk of cancer. Berries are also good foods for brain. Berry extracts can help to improve memory function.
Berries seeds are also a rich source of omega-3 fats. If you want to boost your kids’ brainpower, buy them more berries for snacking, or help your kids make their smoothies they desire. You can add some berries to your kids’ yogurt, dips, and hot or cold cereal.
Kids need carbohydrates as a source of energy and bananas are rich in carbohydrates. This fruit is rich in vitamin B6 which is needed for a healthy skin, a nervous system and to produce the needed energy in the body.
In addition to this, banana is also a rich source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, and potassium which will help to keep your kids’ hearts strong and healthy.
Contrary to popular belief, bananas have no fat and it would be impossible to get fat on bananas so your kids can enjoy these good fruits without any worries.
These fruits have been praised for their vitamin C content. Just one orange contains enough vitamin C for two days! Oranges are also a rich source of fiber, some beta carotene and many other carotenoids.
Besides, the natural sweetness comes from a deal of glucose, fructose as well as sucrose. Due to great benefits of oranges, you should encourage your kids to drink a cup of freshly squeezed orange juice or simply eat some pieces of oranges every day.
Also, a combination of orange and carrot is a good juice for kids which helps to boost the immune system.
These fruits are sweet with most of the natural sugar. They are a rich source of vitamin C and dietary fiber, and simultaneously provide small number of other vitamins and minerals, especially potassium. Besides, yellow-fleshed peaches contain beta carotene which the body will convert to vitamin A.
Their combination of sugars makes these fruits deliciously sweet. Their carbohydrates are digested slowly so the energy your kids get from grapes can last longer. Also, grapes are a rich source of dietary fiber, vitamin C and some other potassium. Grape skins have a plenty of antioxidants that are crucial for human health.
Pineapples contain an enzyme (bromelain), which can tenderize meat if used as a marinade. Also, these fruits are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, and the mineral called manganese which is necessary to human bones, the cartilage in joints and the brain.