Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

The Kid Who Won’t Eat Fruit

Posted by 6 years ago 21 Comments

That’s right FRUIT! It’s so frustrating! I mean, who doesn’t like fruit? it’s nature’s candy for Pete’s sake! It’s sweet. It’s soft (or at least can be.) It’s colorful. It’s amazing!

Little Bean is not impressed. Any fruit given to him besides banana gets poked at, squished or thrown. The kid will attempt to put anything in his mouth. I mean ANYTHING: screws, bottle caps, wooden spoons, paper, tissues, but put a strawberry in front of him and he looks at you like you have 3 heads. He then proceeds to poke and squish it around his tray before crying for something else.


Or in this case, a grape…

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He does the same with melon, oranges, blueberries, peaches, pears, apples, papaya, and pineapple. I’ve tried it all and will continue to do so because babies are FICKLE and he will see the err of his ways. He did the same thing with banana, egg, and avocado all of which he now eats daily and happily I might say.

So I thought I’d share a new adventure. This is my fruit therapy so to speak. Every day I give him a chance to try a new (or old) fruit. If he eats it (which has happen ONCE in 2 months) I do a happy dance. If he doesn’t, well, let’s just say Mommy will win in the end.

I find putting it on a fork makes him a bit more curious and willing to stick it in his mouth.

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Umm yea.. it didn’t stay there long.

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Ok, then, I had an egg ready so I gave him that. (click here too see one of our first egg adventures. He now eats 2 egg omelettes regularly.)

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Back to the grapes.

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While he was eating the egg pieces I took a handful of grapes and put them in my bullet.

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Look at that color!

The grapes alone are too watery to serve on a spoon so I add a bit of baby oatmeal as a quick thickener.

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It was good, I tried it and when he saw me take a bite he got excited.

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Really excited.

Will he like it?

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YUP! But like a dope, I forgot to take a picture of the empty cup. :(

This face, however, doesn’t lie.

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Although it does look quite mischievous.

This not eating fruit thing must be a texture issue because it’s not taste. He will eat ANY fruit pureed. Any. Sometimes I mix them with full fat yogurt, sometimes oatmeal, sometimes solo or combined with other fruits and veggies (like spinach.)

I find this quite hysterical as his brother was (and is) the complete opposite. I don’t think he ever met a fruit he didn’t like. Ever.

This is Big Brother when he was almost 3 devouring fruit after a “fruit picnic” video we did.

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    March 13, 2012

    I agree, it's a texture thing. I have a 5 year old who doesn't eat a single fruit! She has tried everything at least once. We made a sticker chart when she was 3. And now she chooses a new fruit to try each week. She will now try without a fight, but doesn't like a single. one. So frustating! If you come up with any other ideas, please post!! Good luck!

    Krista S.

    March 13, 2012

    Haha!! He is so stinkin' adorable. I have two boys as well and they are complete opposites when it comes to eating habits and well...pretty much everything. They look alike (just like your guys do), but they have very distinct and different tastes and personalities.


    March 13, 2012

    He's getting so big!! We have 3 more months until solid food. I can't wait to try some of your ideas!


    March 13, 2012

    Have you tried serving the fruit a different temperatures? Maybe slightly frozen grapes (quartered before freezing) or microwaved apple or peach cubes?


    March 13, 2012

    I've tried cold and room temp but not frozen! Good idea!!


    March 13, 2012

    one of the first fruits my son ate as a finger food was softened diced apples simmered in water with cinnamon. they are a little mushy and messy but he loved them :)


    March 14, 2012

    I"m so glad to read this because my toddler HATES fruit - with the exception of bananas...but your post had me thinking he ate & loved fruit when it was pureed as a baby. I may just have to start doing that again to get his taste back up.


    March 14, 2012

    I would put the grapes in the freezer first. Maybe to cold feeling in his mouth will encourage him. Have fun.

    Colleen Boehm

    March 15, 2012

    It could have something to do with the skin. I have a 3 1/2 year old who likes fruit but he goes thru varying stages of not liking the skin of grapes, apples and pears. He seems to have just gotten over grapes and pears but apples are almost always pushed away until the skin is removed. Now I can remove a SPOT of skin and he will eat it so now I think it is all in his head! But when he was 2 he could put an apple slice in his mouth, chew it, and spit out the whole skin almost unscathed. Weird. But try taking skin off and see what happens! Or, make smoothies everyday like I do! Thank God for the bullet! Now, if I could get my kid to eat anything green... :)


    April 14, 2012

    I have to say your little one isn't the only one who doesn't care for fruit. I have to force myself to eat fruit. Then only time that I actually craved the stuff was when I was pregnant. I prefer a bowl of peas over almost any kind of fruit. Except oranges and I'm allergic to oranges.


    August 15, 2012

    My son does not like fruits or veggies because of texture. I have found that he likes grainy foods and breaded foods, so to get him to eat fruit I dip it in bread crumbs. Call me crazy, but it works for us!

    Gavin heinz

    July 20, 2013

    I'm a 8 year old and I don't like fruit but something happens when I was 4 now I don't like the smell so what's the matter with me?!!):

    Gavin heinz

    July 20, 2013

    But I do love vegetables also fruit is tortoiseing me

    Gavin heinz

    July 20, 2013

    It's just I don't like ANYTHING FRUIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!))&?$))?$)$?)$?

    Gavin heinz

    July 20, 2013

    I'm a kid

    Gavin heinz

    July 25, 2013

    Please help me I want to find out why I don't like fruit


      July 29, 2013

      Sorry Gavin, I'm not going to be much help. Everyone tastes are different. Just focus on vegetables.

    Joana Higginson

    January 8, 2015

    Hi! I have exactly the same problem with my daughter. She'll eat banana and apple (sometimes). Even grapes on a good day. However any other type of fruit does go in at all. Not even strawberries. She once seen her friend eat nectarines and ate some but I got some for her and she wouldn't go near it. She is 17 months now. I don't think it's the texture but I will keep trying. To be honest I have been quite relaxed about it... Probably too relaxed but because she is breastfeeding as well I kind of think she will get the necessary nutrients from me. I have tried stewed apple and got nowhere. Even tried squeaking a bit of orange into her water and she wouldn't take water. Tried making orange cookies and she didn't really like it that much. I am a bit desperate, esp now during winter as oranges are so important...


      January 8, 2015

      Well that baby is now almost 4. He STILL doesn't like fruit except apples and some melon. He doesn't even like banana anymore. It's funny. I still offer and get him to try and he still tells me he doesn't like it. I'm not too worried about it. He's growing like a weed and he eats a pretty varied diet otherwise. I would love to get him to like orange though! It's a fav of mine. :)


    April 2, 2015

    Hi! Your story was fun to read. Thanks! Our little guy, 2 and a half yr old Marcello, won't eat any fruit. It worries us sick. He stopped eating fruit about a year ago. We try everything although I like your happy dance idea! Maybe comedy will do it. The only fruit he would eat is papaya once in a while, but he now he's shying away from that too! His 4 yr old sister eats apples and melons and grapes right in front of him. but he won't touch It! Any advice is welcome.


    April 3, 2015

    I wouldn't worry! Just keep offering and don't get frustrated! Evan is now 4 and he's still not the biggest fruit fan but he has eats more than he ever has before. I just keep offering and persuading him to try it. He told me the other day he likes strawberries even though he will only take a small bite and then make a face. lol