I want to offer my LO fruit as I figure it would be healthy, but I just can't bring myself to buy a whole fruit (pick one), just to offer him a tiny sliver he'll taste or maybe just smash in his hand and then throw on the floor. Then I have all the rest of the fruit left that will soon spoil and have to get tossed. Neither my OH or I like fruit, so we won't eat the leftovers.
Wow this is exactly like us. I have been buying fruit for LO to try, since all other babies I know LOVE fruit (with some of them it is all they'll eat). Anyway, Bun doesn't like it at all - I don't know if it is the combination of acid/sweet (the reason I don't like it) but he refuses it all the time. I used to get him to eat applesauce, but not any more.
I found out that he will eat fruit if I put it in his oatmeal porridge at breakfast so that is what we do. I usually put 1/2 a grated apple and a chopped date into the porridge with cinnamon and nutmeg and he really loves this (that's how much fruit I put in for 2 days worth of oatmeal). Also found out he likes apple pie over the weekend, but we won't be making that a regular thing lol. I have also tried pear and chopped pineapple in the oatmeal with good results. All other fruit he refused, so I don't buy too much any more. Usually once a week I will buy something (berries or melon or something) and offer it plain or in something to see if he is into it, since their tastes change so much! xx
Buy it frozen or canned/not in syrup. Sure, you won't get a whole range of fruit but you'll get a decent selection and he gets to experience them with much less wastage. I get frozen berries out of season or when they're stupidly expensive, and canned mandarin slices. I buy frozen mango halves and pineapple chunks from Trader Joe's & with the mango just cut off a slice or two while still frozen & it defrosts quick.
For other fruits like banana or apple, you can always plan to bake with what isn't offered (banana bread, apple muffins etc), that can be frozen and eaten by him if your dislike of fruit extends to baked goods too.
I know food wastage sucks, but it's going to be inevitable, especially in the early days, but i think you kind of just have to accept it will happen if you really want to give them the freedom to explore and experience food.
This is like us too. I don't like much fruit and the fruit I do like, Ruby won't touch!
She really likes tinned pears in juice, tinned mandarins, pots of ready prepared papaya, and sometimes tinned pineapple. She also enjoys fruit smoothies and loves raisins.
The tinned stuff is great because it is so cheap and no hassle peeling etc
I'll look into the canned stuff. I don't have time to bake these days and never made anything with fruit in it before - I generally avoid baked goods with fruit as well.
I tried freezing a banana and ended up tossing the whole thing because it just grossed me out too much and he didn't like it after it was frozen any more than he liked it fresh.
I've tried applesauce and he doesn't seem to like it much.
I'll definitely have to look into buying some plain oatmeal and hiding stuff in there.
I was going to suggest frozen - I buy frozen berries and put them in my porridge
- makes it a nice purple colour which I'm sure must be more interesting to LOs (and me) than boring beige.
I also buy a small melon and give her a slice nearly every day, I'm not a big fan of melon, but she loves it and I only end up wasting 1/4 of it, probably less- and it's actually better the riper it gets over the days!
Does Gabriel have yogurt? You could also try putting canned fruit in plain yogurt.
He still only eats maybe one bite or one spoonful of food a day, so that makes it harder. I tried yogurt and he didn't care for it, but plain yogurt is pretty gross.
I put some cinnamon in the applesauce this morning and he took two mini spoonfuls, but I had to feed him to get him to take it.
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