It is possible to eat fresh fruits during the winter and keep yourself and your family healthy during the holidays. No need to spend a bunch of money on out-of-season fruit – you can introduce your kids to less pricey fruits that are at their peak now!
Season: all year, with kiwi from California available from October to May
Benefits: Kiwi is a great fruit for disease prevention since it contains a lot of fiber and phytonutrients. A child’s body absorbs the antioxidants in kiwi more easily than those in other fruits, such as grapes or strawberries. Eating kiwi before bedtime can also be beneficial for sleep, improving its quality and duration.
Serve: You can peel the kiwi and put the round slices on ice-pop sticks and serve them to your kids with a yogurt dip, or cut the whole unpeeled fruit in half and give your kids a little spoon to scoop out the flesh.
Season: from September to February
Benefits: You will not have trouble to make your kids eat fresh fruit if you serve them pomegranate since it’s fun for kids to pick and eat the seed pods inside. They’re packed with fiber and rich in other beneficial nutrients, like potassium, vitamin C, vitamin K and folate.
Serve: Toddlers can pick seeds from a pomegranate with their fingers, but other than just giving them the fruit slit in half, you can stir the seeds into Greek yogurt and freeze in ice-cube trays.
Season: all year
Benefits: Besides being one of the cheapest fruits you can buy, bananas are also easy to digest, they strengthen bones, moderate blood-sugar levels and may support heart health, because of the high levels of potassium.
Serve: Bananas are easy to serve – you can peel the fruit and cut it in round slices and serve it either alone, or in a fruit salad with oranges, kiwi, or any other fruit, but you can also give it to your kid to eat it straight out of the peel.
Season: from November to April
Benefits: We all know that oranges are filled with vitamin C, which is a great antioxidant and plays an important role in enhancing the immune system, which helps to prevent seasonal flues and colds. Besides the vitamin C, oranges help lower cholesterol, boost heart health, regulate blood pressure and they can prevent kidney diseases.
Serve: You can peel the fruit and divide it into slices for your kid to eat, or you can cut the unpeeled fruit into round slices, and then cut those in half, but make sure to remind your child not to eat the peels.
Season: from late summer until the end of winter
Benefits: Pears are packed with plenty of beneficial nutrients, such as antioxidants, dietary fibers, minerals and vitamins, which are necessary for optimum health. They also help your body heal wounds faster, stimulate the immune system and are low in calories – they contain only 58 calories per 100g serving.
Serve: You can make a fun snack for you kids making pear “french fries”, by slicing firm pears into French fry shapes. You can serve them raw with peanut butter, yogurt or caramel sauce for dipping.