Kiwi is a beautiful fruit that is oftentimes served around the holidays because of its festive green appearance. Its smaller in size than an orange, but packs an equal amount of vitamin C! But how can you get your little ones to try it? Here are a few tips on how to introduce kiwi to your toddler.
Improve Exploration: Do you know that you can eat the skin of a kiwi? The fuzzy peel can be scrubbed off and you can bite right into it! The skin can be a fun new texture to explore…with an added bonus of fiber! Make sure to wash the kiwi thoroughly to remove pesticides or chemicals that may cling to its wooly skin.
Improve Presentation: Kiwi can be presented in so many ways! You can cut it into small cubes, scoop kiwi balls with a melon baller, mash it into a puree, or scrape out the inside and use the skin as a container filled with the fruit! At our shoot we cut the kiwi into cubes and mixed in watermelon, honeydew and pomegranate seeds. Yummy!
Improve Taste: Kiwi has a sweet taste that is a blend of strawberry and banana. But, at times, kiwi can have a bitter or tangy taste that toddlers tend to avoid. Before introducing kiwi to your child, taste it first. If it has a slight tangy taste, drizzle a small amount of honey or syrup to encourage this bright green fruit to be a childhood favorite!
Improve Skill: Learning to eat finger foods can be a challenging skill for toddlers. It is even more challenging if the food is slippery (like kiwi!). Improve your child’s ability to grab finger foods by placing it in a bowl that suctions to the table. Your toddler will be more willing to explore new foods if they are more successful at grabbing them! Allowing your child to self-feed with their fingers is a great way to develop a future feeding milestone of utensil use!
We hope you use some of these tips to introduce kiwi to your toddler. If you have other ideas on how to present kiwi to your kids please share them! And let us know if you have ever eaten a kiwi with the skin on J #ezpzfun #kiwi #toddler #toddlerlife
Dawn Winkelmann, M.S, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist & Feeding Specialist for ezpz