Mostly all kids love candy, that's not even up for debate. But I have noticed for years, and can even remember when I was a child, being offered a piece of fresh fruit and enjoying every bite, and asking for MORE! There's just something about fruit being cut-up into bite sized portions. Take an apple for instance. True, it's an easy, nutrient packed, convenient quick grab for on the go snacking. But something about it being sliced for delicious nut butter dipping makes it a tad bit more enticing. Ever wonder why berries and grapes always seem to be the more requested of fruit? I'm sure their tasty flavor has a lot to do with it, but they are also, yep, you guessed it, bite sized! Just today my son was begging me for a sandwich and chips, or a bowl of cereal to eat a little under an hour from dinner being done. Of course I denied his request, but he was still hungry. Glancing over at the counter of fruit that I had cut-up earlier this morning, I told him to grab some watermelon and eat that. He reluctantly grabbed a piece from the bowl, then another piece, and another. Ultimately he left my kitchen a satisfied customer :-) All this to say, make fresh, seasonal, cut-up fruit your super candy!
Try preparing your 'candy' as soon as you bring it home from the market. Store it in glass containers with sealed lids to preserve optimal freshness. BPA plastic containers will suffice if you don't have glass, but I would strongly recommend you pick up a glass set. This makes healthy snacking super easy and convenient for the whole family. For a great time saver, grab a bowl of fruit to scoop into your favorite smoothie, on oatmeal, yogurt, or as a topping for a stack of pancakes/waffles. There is no end to this delicious convenience.
Try it for yourself and let me know how it goes, enjoy!
Remember, SHARING is caring!