Fruit dip for picky eating children

Get creative with your picky eater!

Many children need to taste a food more than a dozen times before they’re willing to eat it without a fuss. Children with autism-related sensitivities can take longer. Be patient as your child explores and samples new foods. If your child continues to reject a food even after a dozen-plus tries, perhaps they just don’t like it. Consider trying a different food. Above all, don’t let mealtime become a family battleground. Instead, get creative.

Greek yogurt provides a good source of dairy and protein according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) with approximately 17.3 grams per serving. ChooseMyPlate.gov informs that proteins functions as building blocks for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood. Protein is also building blocks for enzymes, hormones and vitamins. Proteins are one of three nutrients that provide calories (the others are fat and carbohydrates). You can find some great information about meat and proteins through ChooseMyPlate.

This dip can be used anytime for snacks, an appetizer or desert. Kids love to dip things and this is a great way to get them to snack in a healthy way. The yogurt will perform double duty for dairy and protein. Michigan State University Extension recommends the following food combination with picky eating children, as it provides fruit, protein and dairy.

Fruit dip

Ingredients:

8 ounces of Greek yogurt

1/2 cup strawberries

1/2 cup bananas

Sliced apples or any desired fruit that you want to dip.

Directions: Place all fruit except dipping fruit into a blender. Mix until well blended. Pour blended fruit over the Greek yogurt. Dip sliced fruit in dipping sauce and enjoy.

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