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To make fruit more appealing, try serving it in fun ways. Make a face out of the fruit on a plate with a banana strip for a smile, some grape eyes and a strawberry nose, and challenge your child to eat it one feature at a time. Children also love to dip. Try a mixture of half a cup of light cream cheese, one jar of fruit puree and one teaspoon of honey for your child to dip his fruit into. You can also sneak fruit into other things like pancakes, muffins and milk or yogurt shakes.
Should I use dessert or a snack as a reward for eating dinner?
No. Offering food as a reward for anything
How can I get my child to drink milk?
First, find out why your child is not drinking milk. Does it upset her stomach? If the answer is yes, speak with your pediatrician about the possibility of your child being lactose intolerant. Is she not drinking milk because she's filling up on soda? If that's the case, impose restrictions on how much soda she can drink. Fill the refrigerator with fresh milk, 100 percent juices and spring water, and let your daughter know that those are the drink choices. Serve her milk at each meal, encouraging, but not forcing her, to drink it. If your child doesn't like the taste of milk, then find some calcium-rich alternatives that are pleasing to her. Some suggestions: yogurt, cheese, milkshakes (made with low-fat milk and frozen nonfat yogurt or ice cream), puddings made with milk and nondairy foods like spinach salads, tofu, legumes and salmon (make salmon salad sandwiches).