Ideas To Help Your Toddler Eat More Fruits & Vegetables

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mott’s®. The opinions and text are all mine. #MottsMovieBonusScreen Shot 2016-06-02 at 3.41.01 PMDo your kids struggle to eat their fruits and vegetables? I know lots of kids who won’t touch them (especially vegetables) with a ten foot pole. I’m not sure if all of those bland carrot purees were SO awful as babies, and now they’re never trying them ever again or what? I think it’s so funny how kids, (and some adults) won’t even try them. I get that over-cooked, bland and soggy veggies are not yummy, even I wouldn’t eat those. However, if you properly season freshly cooked vegetables with a little oil, salt, pepper and a pinch of garlic, it can make all the difference. On the other hand, you might be a gourmet chef and still have a picky kid who still won’t eat fruit and vegetables. So for those types, give them their daily serving through Mott’s® Apple Juice 8oz 6pk and Mott’s Applesauce Pouches. Both are a staple at our house and the perfect snack to have on hand, or to throw in my purse for something healthy on the go. Serving Mott’s products allows you to teach your children to make smart snack choices for nutritious habits in the future. And remember, applesauce doesn’t have to be only as a snack, it’s perfect as your fruit serving for every meal.

Here is a sample of what I serve my toddler during the day to help her eat more fruits and veggies at meal times. I know this might not work for every kid, but it’s been working great for us. I also made the rule a long time ago that whatever I was making for dinner is what my husband and child would be eating too. I still have days where my daughter will put up a fight and not want to eat what I make, but for the most part she’ll eat what we’re having. Again, my best tips for getting your kid to eat vegetables are to properly cook and season them! Also, don’t expect your kid to enjoy eating something that you won’t eat either.Screen Shot 2016-05-28 at 4.58.14 PMBreakfast:

 

  • Cookie cutter shaped wheat toast
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Sweet potato hash browns
  • Fresh berries
  • Mott’s Applesauce Pouches
  • Mott’s Apple Juice 8oz 6pk

 

If you haven’t made hard boiled eggs for your kids yet, try it. My daughter LOVES them and she enjoys peeling her own too. I like our meals to be as colorful as possible and try to switch it up regularly. Swap out sweet potatoes in place of white ones for hash browns, it adds a little sweetness and a lot of color to the plate.Screen Shot 2016-05-28 at 4.54.34 PM Screen Shot 2016-05-28 at 4.52.40 PMLunch:

 

  • Pinwheel sandwiches
  • Carrot sticks
  • Cookies
  • Mott’s Applesauce Pouches
  • Mott’s Apple Juice 8oz 6pk

 

For a healthy lunch on the go, I try to pack foods that are different than a basic sandwich (thank goodness for pinterest right?). By adding Mott’s Applesauce Pouches and Mott’s Apple Juice 8oz 6pk, it’s easy to create a balanced meal that can also be taken on the go. I also love that the pouches are resealable so you can have a little now and a little later.Screen Shot 2016-05-28 at 4.52.04 PMScreen Shot 2016-05-28 at 4.51.00 PMDinner:

 

  • Grilled chicken strips
  • Zucchini noodles
  • Cucumber slices
  • Tangerine segments
  • Mott’s Applesauce Pouches
  • Mott’s Apple Juice 64oz

 

One of my favorite ways to serve and eat veggies is to cut them into different shapes. By spiral cutting zucchini it will twirl on your fork just like pasta, and whether you serve it alone or add it to pasta, it’s a fun way to kids to enjoy something healthy in a new way. For older kids, get them involved in the cooking process. If they help make it they might be more interested in trying it too.Screen Shot 2016-05-28 at 4.38.51 PMScreen Shot 2016-05-28 at 4.42.32 PMLook specially marked boxes of Mott’s Apple Juices or Applesauces to Receive Free Movie Tickets for The Secret Life of Pets. When you purchase any 3 Mott’s Apple Juices or Applesauces you’ll receive a Free Childs Ticket. When you purchase any 5 Mott’s Apple Juices or Applesauces you’ll receive an additional $8 movie voucher. Ready for the best part? The offers can be stacked! By purchasing 5 eligible Mott’s Apple Juices or Applesauces you’ll receive the Free Child’s Ticket as well as the $8 movie voucher. Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 11.40.53 PMLook for specially marked Mott’s Apple Juice and Applesauce Pouches at Walmart to score you’re Free Tickets for The Secret Life of Pets.

What is your favorite way to help your child eat more fruits and vegetables?Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 12.50.46 AM

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