We often hear many of our KES Club Coordinators, school principals and volunteers complain about students not wanting to eat fruit. Then we go to another KES Club and the students absolutely love fruit….why are they so different? Yes, it could simply be that the children at one KES Club do not like fruit as well as children at another KES Club, but most times it may just be the way it’s served and offered to the children. Whole fruits are less likely to be eaten by younger children, while older students and youth prefer to grab a whole banana or an apple. To encourage all students to enjoy fruits at their KES Clubs try making a simple fruit salad – it’s great for all ages, it’s different, colorful and of course delicious. Fruit salad can be used as a side to another breakfast item, add to cereal, make into a yogurt parfait or just simply eat by itself. Take some time and try serving a delicious fruit salad at your KES Club. You can even try this at home!
- 4 to 5 of your KEs Club’s favorite fruit (in season fruits or berries)
- 100% orange juice to prevent browning of some fruits
- Finely chop all fruit. Add together in a large bowl. Pour a small amount of orange juice to prevent browning of the fruits. Stir. Eat alone, serve as a side or add toppings such as yogurt and granola. Enjoy!
Janel Genge is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador