I don’t know about you but we have found since Ava hit about 18 months of age she has become more fussy with her foods. She was always really good up until then she would try anything and polish of most meals within minutes. Then she learnt to show preference for things and now refuses quite a lot of foods and would quite happily live on a diet of wotsits and yoghurt. Not that I let her.
The other problem we face is that she is so independent she doesn’t want you to do anything for her. Which 9/10 is great at meal times as it allows me time to eat my meals whilst they are hot. I have however found when it comes to her having fruit her independent streak makes it hard. As she wants to peal the fruit herself which is fine,but most fruit is so hard to peal.Or you have to use a peeler to get the skin off. Something I’m not willing to let Ava do just yet.
We have recently been sent some Chilean easy peeler mandarins to try.Now Ava hasn’t been the biggest fan of mandarins but with every food I try her a few times on different occasions before ruling it out. I have even gone back to foods months later to find she is willing to try them. So I gave her an easy peel mandarin to try. She enjoyed the fact she was able to peal it herself and did even try the mandarin, result !!
Now if I’m being completely honest I didn’t know there was such an option as an easy peal mandarin. I thought they were all the same. But did you know that the demand for Chilean easy peelers is growing in the UK as the convient,seedless fruit is both sweet in flavour and also a hydrating snack.
The other thing I really like about these Chilean easy peelers is that they are a great source of water with about 87% water. Which if she is having a day where she wont drink a lot .If I mange to get her to eat one of these mandarins I know she will be getting a good amount of fluid into her system.
Chilean easy peelers are not just great for children they are great for us adults also as they are low in calories, fat and a good provider of vitamins and minerals. They do though help to provide children with fibre,folate,vitamin C, Potassium, Calcium and magnesium. Which for me is great as I am rubbish at remembering to give her muti vitamin tablets at least if she has one of these a day she is getting a lot of the essential things she needs.
I now make sure I have one of these in her changing bag .As I know she will enjoy pealing it herself and also it better than the usual biscuits or Crips I stash in there just incase we need an emergency snack. It also makes a great addition to her lunch box that she takes to her nanny’s each week. I know now I have a healthy snack that she enjoys in there.