Homemade fruit cups are usually more nutritious than store-bought ones.
A fruit cup might seem like a nutritious addition to your child's meal, but proceed with caution. Many store-bought fruit cups contain very little actual fruit and have more sugar and gelatin instead. Most toddlers and preschoolers enjoy a tasty fruit cup, and you can make them at home to boost their nutritional value and cut down on your kiddo's intake of sugar. Don't worry. Your healthier version will be just as tasty as the store-bought ones, and your child will probably gobble them right up.
1Wash a variety of fresh fruit such as apples, oranges, grapes and berries. Pat the fruit dry with a paper towel or clean dish towel.
2Peel fruits that don't have edible peels such as cantaloupe, watermelon and bananas. If your child doesn't like the peel on apples and peaches, remove it from them as well, which will help encourage her to eat the homemade fruit cup.
3Chop and slice the fresh fruit into bite-sized pieces.
4Transfer the chopped and sliced fresh fruit to individual serving bowls. Include a few pieces of each type of fruit in each bowl.
5Gently stir each individual fruit cup with a spoon until each serving is well-mixed.
6Squeeze a bit of fresh orange juice over each fruit cup. The citrus juice will keep certain fruits, such as apples and bananas, from turning brown.
7Transfer the fruit cups to air-tight containers if you don't plan on serving them to your kids right away. Store the fruit cups in the refrigerator until you're ready to use them.
- Use seasonal fruit whenever possible because it will taste the best.Make the fruit cups more interesting by adding chopped nuts or fresh mint. The added ingredients will enhance the flavor, which might encourage your kids to enjoy the homemade fruit cups even more than the store-bought ones.Puree a variety of fresh fruit with 100 percent lemon juice. Freeze the mixture in individual serving bowls until firm. Soften the frozen fruit cups for about 15 minutes before serving them to your kids. The frozen fruit cup takes on a dessert feel, which is another way to get your kids to eat up.
- Always cut fruit into small enough pieces that they don't pose a choking hazard. For example, cut grapes into quarters and chop apples into tiny pieces.
Things You'll Need
- Paper towel or clean dish towel
- Sharp knife
- Cutting board
- Fresh fruit
- Individual serving bowls
- Fresh orange
- Air-tight storage containers