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How to Raise A Healthy Preschooler (Even If They’re A Picky Eater)

Written by: Brandi Jeter Even picky preschoolers love Rockit™ apple! Find out how to help your picky eater in this sponsored post. Do you have a preschooler who is a picky eater? So do I! It’s so hard to hear people talk about their little ones eating anything that’s...

Written by: Brandi Jeter

Even picky preschoolers love Rockit™ apple! Find out how to help your picky eater in this sponsored post.

Do you have a preschooler who is a picky eater? So do I! It’s so hard to hear people talk about their little ones eating anything that’s put in front of them when my guy has about 3 foods that we keep on rotation.

I’m not going to lie, I used to feel jealous. And maybe even a little embarrassed. Like, what kind of mama am I that I can’t even get my son to eat? Although my daughter wasn’t exactly an adventurous eater, she’d mostly eat the food I cooked for the family every night.

My son is a little more stubborn.

Having a preschooler who is a picky eater isn’t actually that unusual, though. From the ages of 3 to 5, they’re learning what they like and dislike. They’re also testing boundaries and trying to have more autonomy over their lives.

Sometimes a picky eater isn’t about the food at all, but about the child making a choice for themself.

Once I learned that, I stopped feeling ashamed of having a picky eater and have been able to expand my little guy’s palate. Here are some of the things that have worked for me:

Ask your Preschooler What They Like

The first thing that has helped me in finding food my picky eater will eat, is asking him what he likes!

When I asked him, he surprised me by naming all of the fruits he likes that were different than the ones we already had at home. That was easy enough to put on the grocery shopping list!

When he told me he likes apples “really a lot, Mommy!” I was surprised because he always takes a bite or two and then leaves the rest. Rockit™ apple solved that problem for me, though. They’re the perfect size for his little hands, and he finishes the entire thing when he starts to eat it.

A simple question can save you a lot of headache. And remember to ask your preschooler what they like often. Their answer will likely change frequently.

Create Routines Around Meals and Snacks

Before I smartened up, I used to let my son eat whenever he told me he was hungry. Since he was home with me all day, I didn’t think we really needed a schedule for meals. Boy, was I wrong!

Not having a routine in place with set times for meals aided in his pickiness. If he wanted snacks for every meal, that’s what I gave him. It got to the point where he wasn’t ever interested in a real meal.

I sat down and wrote out his snack and meal schedule, along with the choices he would have for each day. The first day was a little rough when I had to tell him that snack wasn’t for another 20 minutes, but he started to get the hang of it.

The best part is that at breakfast time he ate a full meal. Later he’d sit down and eat his snack (always fruit and some sort of grain), and he would do the same for the rest of his meals through the day.

When in doubt with your preschooler, for just about any situation—schedules and routines are the answer!

Make Meals and Snacks Interesting

This is the simplest of my suggestions and the easiest to implement. Preschoolers love surprises. I can understand that you don’t want to encourage them to play with their food, but it’s certainly okay to have a little fun with it.

Try doing things like making themed lunches, for example, everything on the plate is red! Or you can search Pinterest for some creative ways to present the food.

When in doubt, though, go small. Preschoolers love things that look like they were made especially for them. My son went crazy over Rockit™ apples because of how tiny and cute they are. He ate two in one sitting! I didn’t mind, of course, because they’re apples. They’re full of fiber, tasty, and nutritious. It’s an all-around win!

It’s Okay to be Picky

Here’s the thing I want you to know, though, Mama. It’s totally okay for your child to have a preference. As they get older, they will learn to like more things.

Don’t give up on asking them to try different foods, though. They might say no nine times, and that 10th time, they give it a try!

Sending lots of luck to you!

Kitchen Hack: DIY Produce Wash

Having lots of fresh fruits and vegetables on hand is critical during this time when health is of the utmost importance. And, as many of us are trying to adjust to the “new normal” we are no doubt making efforts to reduce our trips to...

Having lots of fresh fruits and vegetables on hand is critical during this time when health is of the utmost importance. And, as many of us are trying to adjust to the “new normal” we are no doubt making efforts to reduce our trips to the grocery store so buying in bulk has become the trend. Luckily apples are the perfect fruit for buying in bulk because they can last for several weeks if stored properly.

Since we are all buying more fruits and vegetables these days you might be wondering about the most effective way to wash and store your fresh haul. A word to the wise: Don’t bother buying the expensive produce wash in the stores; making it yourself is simple with the help of a common household ingredient. We have two different produce washing methods for you to try out…

#1: Vinegar Soaking Method

Vinegar has been shown to help cut down on bacteria as well as remove a good amount of surface dirt and residue on fresh produce. To make a vinegar soak; start with a clean sink then fill it with cold water (alternatively this can be done in a large bowl). Add 1 cup of white vinegar and submerge your fruits and vegetables in the water. Let soak for 15 minutes. Drain the water and give the produce a quick rinse. To dry, lay the produce out on a kitchen towel until completely dry or hand dry each piece individually. Once dry, immediately store in your refrigerator produce bin. Don’t skip the drying step, as wet produce will turn to mush quickly.

#2: Produce Spray

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

This spray combines the antibacterial properties of the vinegar with the natural anti-microbial properties in lemons to help you clean and prepare your produce for extended storage. Combine the water, vinegar and lemon juice in a clean spray bottle. Shake to combine before each use. To clean produce; spray each piece of fruit or vegetable liberally, and let it sit for 10 minutes, rinse with cold water and prepare as usual or dry and store in the refrigerator.

In times of uncertainty, preparing fresh, healthy food for our families can give us a sense of comfort and assurance, even in the simplest of tasks.

An apple a day: What makes apples so healthy?

You’ve probably heard the proverb “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” This saying was first recorded in Wales during the 1860’s with the original wording “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” Clearly apples...

You’ve probably heard the proverb “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” This saying was first recorded in Wales during the 1860’s with the original wording “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” Clearly apples have been recognized as a health food for a very long time, and for good reason. 

Apples are one of the most cultivated and consumed fruits on the planet. They are very rich in antioxidants, flavonoids and dietary fiber, which elevates the humble apple to the rank of bonafide superfood. Studies suggest that apples may help reduce the risk of developing medical conditions like cancer, hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and more.

Here is a snapshot of the nutrition packed into each apple: 

  • Vitamin C: powerful antioxidant known for fighting free radicals and protecting the body against infectious agents 
  • B Vitamins: B-complex vitamins play an important role in keeping red blood cells and the body’s nervous system healthy 
  • Dietary fiber: key for smooth digestion and controlling blood sugar, fiber may also help prevent certain diseases as well as impede bad cholesterol  
  • Polyphenolic compounds: these phytonutrients help protect against the negative effects of free radicals 
  • Minerals: apples contain important minerals like calcium, potassium and phosphorus, which are critical for many functions including maintaining bone density, nerve health and proper cellular function   

The best way to keep apples’ nutrition intact is to eat them raw since cooking can result in the loss of certain nutrients. Having said that, cooked apples are still a very wholesome food that can contribute to maintaining good overall health. For the best nutritional bang for your buck when cooking with apples, try to avoid using refined sugar and opt for whole-wheat substitutes where possible. Keep fats to a minimum and banish hydrogenated oils completely. Add extra nutrition by combining apples, cooked or raw, with other fruits, vegetables, pulses and grains.

Here are a few of our favorite healthy apple recipes:

Easy applesauce

SugarBee® apples are so deliciously sweet, this recipe doesn’t require any added sugar to make the perfect applesauce.

Source: Chelan Fresh

Apple oat waffles 

Only 5 ingredients and no refined flour or sugar! This easy-peasy apple waffle recipe will have your family singing at breakfast.

Source: Chelan Fresh

Apple fennel salad

We love this raw crispy salad with its citrusy vinaigrette. Granny smiths offer a burst of acidity and keeps the salad light.

Source: Chelan Fresh

Apple pumpkin and chipotle chili

Make the veggie chili version of this original and hearty dish to cut down on cholesterol and increase fiber content. It’ll become a family favorite!

Source: Chelan Fresh

Baked Rockit™ chips

Only 5 ingredients are needed to make this crispy and tasty snack. Zero oil and just enough sugar to please everyone’s sweet tooth.

Source: Chelan Fresh 

Roasted salad with Rockit™ apples

Combine the nutritional benefits of apples with roasted vegetables like sweet potato and kale. A protein-packed feast thanks to added lentils.

Source: Chelan Fresh

Apple sweetheart “sandwiches”

Proof that healthy can also be decadent and fun! These easy-to-make sandwiches are bursting with antioxidants.

Source: Chelan Fresh

Morning glory overnight oats

Maple syrup and pineapple juice sub in for refined sugar in our tasty overnight oats recipe loaded with apple superfood goodness.

Source: Chelan Fresh

Apple pumpkin smoothie 

Blending the apples raw helps to maintain their nutrition. A perfect way to get your day off to an energetic start!

Source: Chelan Fresh

Kitchen Skills: 4 Ways to Cut Apples

Learn how to cut apples like a pro! Mastering the basic knife cuts such as large dice, small dice, julienne, etc. is not just a lesson for professional chefs.  Knife skills when learning how to cut apples are handy to have for home cooks as well....

Learn how to cut apples like a pro!

Mastering the basic knife cuts such as large dice, small dice, julienne, etc. is not just a lesson for professional chefs.  Knife skills when learning how to cut apples are handy to have for home cooks as well. Sure, it makes your dish look extra special, but there is a method to the madness. Each cut has its own function when it comes to your eating experience.

Since most people add raw apples to the culinary masterpieces, cutting them in different shapes also adds a bit of visual interest. Here are a few ideas to add a little more flare and function to your cooking with the flick of a knife.

4 techniques to master when learning how to cut apples

Large or Small Dice

The best way to get a square shape out of a round apple is to cut the apple crosswise, stack a few slices on top of each other and cut into cubes, discarding the center core pieces. Be sure to cut your apples the same size as other items in your dish to makes the eating experience more pleasant.

When cooking apples, use a large dice if you want the apple to retain some of its shape after cooking and a small dice if you would like the texture of the apple to be soft and “disappear” in the dish.

Julienne

Otherwise known as matchsticks, this cut is a favorite for salads; it makes an interesting presentation, adds a nice textural crunch but is still easy to eat due to the thin cut. This cut is approached the same way as the dice; by stacking apple rounds and making thin slices.

Batonnet

The batonnet cut is similar to the julienne cut, only larger, like a French fry. This is a unique way to cut apples for serving alongside a dip instead of the standard wedge.

Shaved Slice

This is technically not an official culinary size, but since slicing is a common way to cut apples, we thought it deserved an honorable mention. A shaved slice is just a paper-thin version of the typical slice of apple and is best done with a mandolin if you have one. Alternatively, you can cut thin slices by hand, carefully, with a very sharp knife. Shaved apples are wonderful in dishes that have lots of other ingredients in it because they are thin enough to spear on your fork with another piece of food, which enhances the texture and flavor of every bite. Plus, thinly shaved slices are a nice way to keep the apple shape without adding bulk to the dish.

And don’t forget about the lemon water trick to keep your apples from browning; keep cut apples in a bowl of water with a few tablespoons of lemon juice until you are ready to use. Drain and pat dry before adding to your recipe.

Any way you slice them, apples enhance the texture, flavor and even nutrition in our dishes, so I hope you grab your chef’s knife and give these different cuts a whirl.

Rockit™ Apple Party Decor Ideas

Using real apples in party decor adds a touch natural beauty and rustic sophistication to any event. Thanks to their size, our tiny Rockit™ apples are incredibly versatile and can be used in many different ways to create original decorations. Making party decor yourself means you can...

Using real apples in party decor adds a touch natural beauty and rustic sophistication to any event. Thanks to their size, our tiny Rockit™ apples are incredibly versatile and can be used in many different ways to create original decorations.

Making party decor yourself means you can customize everything to your liking. It can also help you save money without compromising the vision for the event you’re hosting.

To help you get started, we’ve concocted four DIY Rockit™ apple decor ideas that you can use for your next party or event. We even created a special one just for weddings!

Idea #1: Create dreamy floating apple table centerpieces

These romantic floating apple centerpieces are perfect for a rustic-chic table setting at a wedding or Springtime party. They also look beautiful on a dessert buffet.

Looking for a show-stopping piece? Try scaling up and creating one oversized centerpiece. Making these Pinterest-worthy centerpieces is a cinch.

Hot tip: place the apples into the jars before adding the water to avoid a splash!

Idea #2: Make picture-perfect name card holders

With the help of a mini clothespin, you can turn any Rockit™ apple into an adorable name card holder. This simple apple decor idea can bring a pop of color and freshness to your table.

Print off the names of your guests or write them out to create the name cards that you will clip to the stem of the Rockit™ apples. 

Hot tip: pick the brightest colored apples and use a tea towel to polish them until they shine. There’s no added gloss, so they stay completely edible!

Idea #3: Frost perfect little apple ornaments

Sugar-frosted Rockit™ apple ornaments will add warmth and comfort to your party decor. We loved how they looked hanging by white ribbons next to soft glowing twinkle lights but you can also place them in a rustic basket to make a centerpiece.

Egg whites and sugar are all you’ll need to coat the apples to perfection.

Hot tip: make sure the apples are completely dry before you add the ribbons and hang them. 

Idea #4: Top your wedding cake with Rockit™ apples

Looking for an original wedding cake topper for your big day? Look no further than this adorable bride and groom set made out of tiny Rockit™ apples! 

Add a touch of whimsy and personality to your wedding cake by making the topper yourself.  

Hot tip: vary the decoration to match your wedding outfits!

How to Upcycle Your Rockit™ Shuttle

Once you have reached the bottom of your Rockit™ Shuttle, don’t toss it into the recycle bin just yet. We have some ideas on how to keep your home organized using our Rockit™ Apple Shuttle. Call it spring cleaning, tidying up, or decluttering; everybody could...

Once you have reached the bottom of your Rockit™ Shuttle, don’t toss it into the recycle bin just yet. We have some ideas on how to keep your home organized using our Rockit™ Apple Shuttle. Call it spring cleaning, tidying up, or decluttering; everybody could benefit from a little time spent getting life in order.

Kitchen

The kitchen is full of loose odds and ends that take up valuable space on our counters or in our kitchen’s cupboards and drawers. Use our Rockit™ Shuttle for storing everything from napkins, Mason jar lids, cleaning supplies or all the little do-dads that end up in the “junk” drawer. Not only can using the Shuttle free up drawer space but it makes it easier to transport to the dinner table or wherever you need items to go.

Bathroom

Some products seem to find a permanent home in the back of our medicine cabinets or linen closets. Using our Rockit™ to store similar items together means you will be able to keep your products organized and visible.

Craft Supplies

Most homes only have a small space in the hall closet where crafts supplies live. Organizing them in tubs makes for easy access as well as fast cleanup. Add labels on the front with masking tape so the kids can find what they need without rifling through bins.

Tools

Tools often find their way into the far reaches of the garage. Help your “home-fixer” out by creating an orderly system for their tools and supplies. It might even motivate them to get more projects done around the house!

Stay tuned for more ways to use your empty Rockit™ Shuttle in our upcoming months. Tell us what ideas you have come up with, share it on your social media and tag us. We would love to know!

Make This Year a ROCKIT™ Year

The new Rockit™ apple is known as the world’s first miniature apple. Although they are small, they deliver big on flavor and nutrition. Here is why you will want to keep a bucket of these little gems on hand all year round: They are convenient...

The new Rockit™ apple is known as the world’s first miniature apple. Although they are small, they deliver big on flavor and nutrition. Here is why you will want to keep a bucket of these little gems on hand all year round:

  • They are convenient to take along. These little sweet treats come in handy tubes or buckets so they are easy to tuck into your gym bag, work tote, or family picnic basket. Having healthy snacks on hand makes it easier to stay on track with your health goals and avoid buying junk food when you are hungry on the run.
  • Kids love them! Although Rockit™ apples are good for everyone, they are the perfect size for little hands and can be finished in a few bites. No more half-eaten apples in between the couch cushions!
  • Lower in calories. Weighing in at around 60 calories per apple, Rockits™ make the perfect low-calorie, high-energy snack for adults and kids alike. Each apple has perfectly built-in portion control!
  • 10% more fiber than an average apple. Why do we need fiber? Fiber keeps our digestive track operating smoothly, and help us maintain a healthy weight. It also plays a key role in lowering our risk of diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer. Apples are considered soluble fiber which can help lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels.

Pick up a bucket of Rockits™ for your family and see why we can’t get enough of these sweet and crunchy little apples!

How to Re-purpose a Food Container as a Mini Greenhouse

Sponsored content from Holly Homer from the Kids Activities Blog While we are all still trying to avoid leaving the house as much as possible, I am still having to buy groceries. During my last grocery run I picked up Rockit apples for the kids to...

Sponsored content from Holly Homer from the Kids Activities Blog

While we are all still trying to avoid leaving the house as much as possible, I am still having to buy groceries. During my last grocery run I picked up Rockit apples for the kids to enjoy as snacks between meals. I don’t know about you, but having the kids home all day every day means they are eating everything in sight.

The new Rockit™ apple is known as the world’s first miniature apple. They might be pocket-sized, but they are crisp and sweet and are a great source of Vitamin C and fiber. They are also lower in calories, with only 60 calories per apple.

My son loves them. There were a few years when he couldn’t eat apples due to digestive issues and we recently discovered it was just certain apples that were causing problems for him. He’s so happy now that he can eat these Rockit™ apples every day for a snack and have no issues at all.

Visit Chelan Fresh and use their fruit locator to find Rockit™ apples near you.

What I love about the Rockit™ apple packaging is that they aren’t putting new plastic into the supply chain. Their packaging is made from 100% RPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate). If you want to give it yet another use then I’m sharing a great idea with you that’s perfect not only for spring gardening but also to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd.

Let’s keep the “upcycling” chain going forward by turning this plastic container into a miniature seed-starter greenhouse.

It’s so easy to do, and spring is the perfect time to start growing produce at home. We planted arugula in ours and within 3 days we spotted our first tiny sprouts, and then by day 6, they were over an inch tall.

How to Make a Plastic Container Greenhouse

The first thing you want to do is add some ventilation to your container. The lid does have some holes around the edge, but we need to make more. We need drainage holes in the bottom for excess water to drain out, and we need holes in the top for watering and allowing air to circulate.

I used a drill to make this happen. Turn the container upside-down, place the lid on top and very carefully use a drill to make holes through both pieces at the same time. Make sure to hold one side firmly to prevent the container from buckling, and drill slowly.

How to cover drainage holes in planters

Wondering what to put inside your container to keep the soil from running out of the holes with the water? Here are some everyday items you can use:

  • Egg cartons
  • Coffee filters
  • Cheesecloth
  • Dryer sheets
  • Paper towels
  • Packing peanuts

Add about 2.5 to 3 inches of soil to your container, this will allow plenty of room for your sprouts to grow.

Note: We used a seed-starter soil, which is perfect for a mini greenhouse.

Remove all labels from the container to let more natural sunlight in.

Plant your seeds according to the seed packet instructions. Make a note of when you should expect your first sprouts to appear. Arugula grows pretty quickly with our first sprouts appearing in 3 days, so this would be perfect for kids who might be a little more impatient and want to see results quickly. Within 6 days our sprouts were over an inch tall.

Arugula sprouting in soil 3 days after planting

Arugula sprouting in soil 6 days after planting

Here’s a tip: Use cardboard dividers to separate sections to make for easier transferring into a garden bed, or alternatively, wood sticks to mark where the seed is planted.

Don’t place your greenhouse in direct sunlight and keep the soil moist. The holes underneath will help with draining excess water and the holes on top will allow for easy watering without having to remove the top of the container. Plus, the air will be able to circulate inside the container so the plants can breathe once they start sprouting.

Once the sprouts reach the top of the greenhouse it’s time to transplant them.

12 Amazing Christmas Desserts with Apples

What are you making for Christmas dinner? Apples can take center stage at dessert time thanks to our list of 12 Amazing Christmas Desserts! Raw, baked, dipped… there are endless ways to enjoy them with your family and friends.  Oh, and don’t forget to leave a few out on Christmas eve for Santa...

What are you making for Christmas dinner? Apples can take center stage at dessert time thanks to our list of 12 Amazing Christmas Desserts! Raw, baked, dipped… there are endless ways to enjoy them with your family and friends. 

Oh, and don’t forget to leave a few out on Christmas eve for Santa and his reindeer. We hear Saint Nick’s new favorites are Rockit apples! 

Christmas Dessert Recipes with Apples

Edible apple caramel Christmas wreath 

Tiny Rockit apples make the cutest Christmas wreath! This easy 4-ingredient recipe will be a lovely centerpiece for your dessert table. 

Source: Chelan Fresh 

Apple and cherry strudel  

Apples and Morello cherries are rolled up in filo pastry to make a fancy looking log. A delicate and festive dessert. 

Source: Taste

Apple sheet cake 

Maple icing takes this apple sheet cake over the top. Make this 24-serving big batch recipe to feed a crowd. 

Source: Better Homes & Gardens 

Apple and caramel dumplings 

Adorable Rockit apples are cored, stuffed, wrapped and baked to make mini holiday dumplings. These little desserts pack a festive punch! 

Source: Chelan Fresh

Apple pie pizza 

That’s right. Apple. Pie. Pizza. This decadent dessert combines sauteed apples with brown sugar and a crumble topping. 

Source: Dessert for Two

Apple, cranberry and walnut cake 

No one will know that these mini apple, cranberry and walnut cakes are gluten-free. Eat them for dessert or give them as holiday gifts. 

Source: Chelan Fresh

CranApple holiday crumble 

Apples, cranberries and winter-warming spices are key ingredients in this holiday crumble. A comforting dessert to share with your loved ones. 

Source: Family Feedbag 

Caramel apple coffee cake 

This caramel apple coffee cake is super simple to make but it’s sure to please anyone lucky enough to be at your Christmas table! 

Source: Taste of Home

Festive chocolate covered apples  

Top chocolate dipped apples with crushed candy cane or chocolate chips for a beautiful and festive look. 

Source: Source: Chelan Fresh 

Quince mince pie 

What could be more Christmassy than mince pie? Using ready-made pie crust makes this recipe a cinch. 

Source: Country Living  

Snickerdoodle apple cobbler 

Bring on the cinnamon! Enjoy the fantastic flavor combination of this original apple cobbler recipe.  

Source: Crazy for Crust

Fun with Rockit™ Apples: Recipes and Crafts

What to make with Rockit™ apples? We’ve got loads of ideas! Check out our recipe and craft ideas, round up the kids, and get cooking! Mini Tarte Tatin  Rockit™ apples are just the right size for making a miniature version of this classic French dessert with caramelized apples. Yum!   Source: Chelan Fresh  Rockit® apple bircher muesli  Start your...

What to make with Rockit™ apples? We’ve got loads of ideas!

Check out our recipe and craft ideas, round up the kids, and get cooking!

Mini Tarte Tatin 

Rockit™ apples are just the right size for making a miniature version of this classic French dessert with caramelized apples. Yum!  

Source: Chelan Fresh 

Rockit® apple bircher muesli 

Start your day with this nutritious recipe loaded with chia seeds, nuts, and Greek yogurt, topped with deliciously sweet and crisp Rockit™ apples. 

Source: Rockit™ Apple

Mini apple dumplings 

Enjoy a beautiful combination of spices, caramel and Rockit™ apples wrapped in dough and baked golden brown. 

Source: Chelan Fresh  

Kid party treats 

Have fun making party pops and little apple “grins” with teeny tiny Rockit™ apples. A perfect craft to make with kids! 

Source: Rockit™ Apple

Caramel apple wreath 

This 100% edible party-ready wreath is made with Rockit™ apples, caramel dip and a touch of fresh mint.  

Source: Chelan Fresh 

Homemade candy apples 

Rockit™ apples make absolutely adorable candy apples. Everyone will enjoy these pint sized crimson treats. 

Source: Just a Taste

Chocolate apple spiders

How cute are these chocolate-dipped spooky spiders? They are easy to make and require only minimal materials. Kids will love them! 

Source: Chelan Fresh 

Apple pie fries and yogurt dippers

Rockit™ apples work wonderfully in this kid-friendly recipe that is as fun to make as it is to eat!

Source: Tablespoon