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8 of the best fruits to give your child this summer

Anurima
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Created by Anurima
Updated on May 13, 2014

8 of the best fruits to give your child this summer

Of all the sweet things you can find, fruits undoubtedly make for the healthiest snack. They are not only delicious but are rich in nutrients, fibre, vitamins and minerals which help strengthen the immune system and help boost energy. 

We asked our fellow parents to name one summer fruit that their child relishes. The following were the top 8 fruits preferred by most parents.
1. Cucumber: Cucumber makes for a refreshing snack for summer whether it is served sliced, cut lengthwise into sticks or into small chunks. Cucumber contains 96% water and very little vitamin, minerals and fibre but still makes for a very good snack.
Tip: Store cucumbers in a plastic wrap in the fridge. If they are stored with other fruits, they tend to turn yellow and age faster.
2. Mangoes: Mangoes are packed with Vitamin A and C, and have cancer preventing beta carotene. The deeper the colour of the flesh, the higher is the carotenoid levels.
Tip: For children, who do not like drinking milk or milk products, try making mango lassi for them. They will enjoy the delicious drink on a hot day and will also benefit from the dairy in the yogurt that goes into the lassi.
Here is the recipe: Takes 10 minutes to prepare. Good for 3 little tummies.
• Yogurt: 2 cups
• Peeled and chopped ripe mango: 2 cups
• Sugar- to taste
Blend mango pieces and sugar in a blender. Add the yogurt and blend again until smooth. You may also add rose water at this stage. Serve chilled.
3. Watermelon: Rich in vitamin A and C, and antioxidants, watermelons make for a delicious summer snack. They also contain lycopene that protects the skin against sun damage.
Tip: Try watermelon sorbet recipe. I made this for my children on a hot day last summer and it was such a hit that I had to make it for her friends too when they came visiting us.
• Watermelon: Cut into small chunks and freeze.
• Water: about ½ cup for half a watermelon
Add the frozen chunks of watermelon into the blender. Add the water little by little and blend until smooth and sorbet texture (it should be an icy mix like slush). Scoop and serve.
Do not add sugar as watermelons are naturally sweet.
4. Berries: Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries are packed with flavonoids which provide antioxidant benefits. One cup serving of strawberries contains more Vitamin C than an orange and are high in folic acid.
Tip: Try this delicious strawberry smoothie for 2.
• 3 cups milk
• 1 cup thick yogurt
• 2 tablespoons honey
• 8 to 10 strawberries
Blend all the above ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy. Serve chilled.
5. Papaya: Papaya is rich in potassium and vitamins A and C. It improves the immune system and helps reduce the occurrence of cold and cough. It also contains a protein called papain, which is a digestive enzyme. Papayas prevent constipation and aids in digestion.
Tip: Serve papaya cut into cubes or make a fruits salad or custard with other cubed fruits such as pineapples, bananas, apples, chopped raisins and cherries.
6. Chikoo: Also known as Sapota, they are high in nutrients such as vitamin C and A, sodium and potassium electrolytes. It effectively treats diarrhea and the vitamin A found in the fruits helps improve vision.
Tip: Try this delicious chikoo milkshake.
• 4-5 chikoos, peeled, de-seeded and crushed
• 1 and ½ glass chilled milk
• Honey to taste
• A scoop of vanilla ice cream
• Ice Cubes
In a blender, mix all the above ingredients except ice-cubes and blend them at high speed. In two glasses, place 2-3 ice cubes and 2-3 spoon of ice-cream. Now, pour the milkshake in these glasses. Finally, garnish the glasses with few finely chopped pieces of chikoo on the top and serve.
7. Jackfruit: This fruit is rich in energy, dietary fibre, minerals, and vitamins and free from saturated fats or cholesterol, making it one of the healthy summer seasons treated to relish. It is known to cure ulcers and indigestion.
Tip: If your child does not like to eat the raw jackfruit bulbs, you may cook them by adding them to a vegetarian or non vegetarian dish to benefit from the goodness in the fruit.
8. Banana: Bananas are found all year round and are filled with vitamins, minerals and fibre. Bananas if eaten regularly contribute to improved eye sight, healthy bones and provides with quick energy boost.
Tip: Take a banana along when stepping out as it is easy to carry, is mess free and provides for one of the healthiest snacks.

A few suggestions to keep in mind when offering your child a fruit this summer:
1. A fruit can never be substituted with a fruit juice. When a fruit is juiced it loses it fibre content and increases the concentration of sugar. Make juices and smoothies an occasional treat for your child.
2. Cut fruits just before serving them and store the uneaten pieces in the refrigerator.
3. Ensure to wash and wipe the fruits thoroughly before serving. This will help remove any insecticide or pesticide from the skin of the fruit.
4. Eating fruits right after a meal is not a great idea, as it may not be digested properly. The nutrients may not be absorbed properly either. So wait for 30 minutes after a meal to let your child eat a fruit.
5. Avoid giving your child packaged fruit juices as they are high in added sugar and contain very little of the original fruit.

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| Jun 10, 2015

Delicious recipes :D will try them.

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| Jun 03, 2015

Nice article.. yummy recipes, but is there any way to make sure that the fruits are of good quality and not the ones washed in or injected with chemicals

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| May 17, 2015

Hence, instead of trusting fruits that are cultivated by unknown and sold by unknown, I trusted worlds most trusted brand in nutirtions "Amway". You ll find the real value for the money spend thru the kids health improvements. You can get the kids food supplements that will have all the much needed minerals, vitamins, etc in each pills. Remember Amway's Nutrilite is not a medicinal n its a food supplements only. So no side effects. There is a lot more to talk about Nutrilite products. Any further information u may need, pl write to me, I ll b truely glad to share my experiences with Amway's most of the products.

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| May 17, 2015

Dear friends, in today's world though the fruits are available for us to buy, we can't tell if the fruits were cultivated in an organic form only and whats the age of the fruit when it reaches our hands. Though we don't mind a huge money to purchase all domestic and imported fruits, we are not sure if we are getting real value for the money we spend. It is becoming a big concern about our kids health as the fruits are mostly artificially ripen, injected and aged old too that may not be able to give the real benefit of the fruits.

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| May 17, 2015

Dear friends, in today's world though the fruits are available for us to buy, we can't tell if the fruits were cultivated in an organic form only and whats the age of the fruit when it reaches our hands. Though we don't mind a huge money to purchase all domestic and imported fruits, we are not sure if we are getting real value for the money we spend. It is becoming a big concern about our kids health as the fruits are mostly artificially ripen, injected and aged old too that may not be able to give the real benefit of the fruits.

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| Apr 24, 2015

i can find strawberries,blueberries through out the year in chennai malls... :)

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| May 14, 2014

Can anybody tell me where do you get strawberries, rasberries or blueberries in the summer months?????????

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