Encourage little ones to enjoy a wide variety of different coloured, textured and tasting fruit, both fresh and cooked. As our toddlers grow, we as parents and carers can provide model behaviour by consuming a wide range of fruit ourselves. When thinking variety, try to think of this as varied offerings over weeks and months, rather than feeling pressured to offer lots of fruit options over only a few days. This information is based on the Australian Dietary Guidelines.

Positive Pomegranate

Try half to one tablespoon of pomegranate arils, so easy to eat slowly & a lot of fun. They are messy, but it all cleans up easily enough.

Radiant Raspberries

Offer six to seven raspberries, full of antioxidants and fibre. Slice these in half for very young children.

Beautiful Bananas

Around half a firm banana is one serve of fruit for a toddler. Choose slightly firm, light green bananas, because they are packed with resistant starch, which is great for their developing gut bacteria. Slice these in half for very young children.

Awesome Apples

Try cutting around a third of an apple into straws, to offer to children. These couple as nice teething sticks, but supervision is needed, as hard apple pieces may pose a choking risk.

Kind Kiwi

Slice and dice around half a Kiwi Fruit, as it’s soft and packed full of vitamin C. Children may pick these up and chew on them slowly.

Scrumptious Strawberries

Wash and cut two large strawberries or four smaller ones into quarters, small enough so their little hands can hold them. Try leaving the stems, for your toddlers to hold as they eat.

Melodious Mandarin

So soft and sweet, peel and chop around half a mandarin, for sweet fibre and some carotene vitamins. It’s just the trick to start enjoying lots of fruit fun.