12 Ways to Add More Fruit to Your Kid’s Lunchbox

Even picky eaters won’t protest
Cooking With Your Kids

Katie Workman gives you tips on how to get your kids involved in the kitchen.

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Sneaking fresh, sweet fruit into your children’s lunchboxes will help you rest easier with the knowledge that they are receiving the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong.

As the school year begins, so does the challenge of packing your kids’ lunchboxes (or bags) — daily. Ensuring your picky eaters will enjoy their lunch while still serving them a balanced meal requires you to teeter on a delicate seesaw between healthy foods and those your kids will actually eat.

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Fruit offers so many health benefits, such as antioxidants and fiber, so sneaking some fresh, sweet fruit into your children’s lunchboxes will help you rest easier with the knowledge that they are receiving the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong. For kids who balk at the idea of fresh fruit, some ingenuity with preparation is required.

Making sure your little ones eat a balanced lunch is always a challenge. Sure, the chocolate chip cookies and candy go down easy, but sneaking fruit into your kid’s lunchbox can pose a bigger struggle. To solve this dilemma, we have assembled a list of 12 recipes that your kids will love as much as you love feeding fruit-filled food to them.

Apple Turtles

Bolthouse Farms


These turtles, made of grapes and Granny Smith apples, will delight even the pickiest of eaters, and allow you to rest assured that your kid is eating lots of powerful antioxidants.
For the Apple Turtles recipe, click here.

Apple Wedge Dessert

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Apples are a great food to include in your kids' diets. Not only do they taste great, but apples are a good source of fiber, have powerful antioxidants that fight inflammation, and promote optimal digestion! I love that apples are low in price and you can get them all year round. That is why we love making these apple snacks.
For the Apple Wedge Dessert recipe, click here.
 


Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.

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