While we all encourage our kids to be more adventurous with food, sometimes we end up with a picky eater. If one of your children is struggling to eat things outside the dinosaur chicken nugget variety, it may be time to try something new. Presenting healthy foods in new ways and reinventing the classics can often tempt kids who have been ignoring healthy options.
The first step with a picky eater is finding out what they like. What textures and flavors? Shapes? What do their favorites have in common? Then ascertain the deal breakers. Green foods? Slimy textures? Identify the aspects that ruin a dish and keep your picky eater from being willing to try it. Those ingredients will help you when introducing new foods to your picky eater.
Then, focus on the positives and try to avoid the negatives as they explore new things. Instead of forcing foods them to eat foods that you know they dislike, try experimenting with flavors and textures you know they do. If they’re digging ice cream, try a healthy yogurt. If they love chicken nuggets, try almond meal coated meats or a baked sweet potato fry.
These tasty concoctions are a sweet treat without the added sugar of fruit snacks. Try layering different nut butters, granolas, and dried fruit to switch it up.
Banana Peanut Butter Sandwiches
Instead of coating bananas with Nutella, try adding a nut butter and adding a popsicle stick. Instead of feeling bored by the same old fruit, kids will be charmed by the sweet treat. You can dip them in dark chocolate, or skip it for a low sugar option.
Meat and Cheese Roll-ups
While a traditional monkey platter of snacks may feel tired, the new shape of a turkey and cheese roll up, or whatever their favorite treat is, is a delicious way to enjoy this high-protein option.
These highly customizable snacks layer yogurt, honey, fruit, and a cereal or granola to make for a balanced snack. Choose a high-fiber cereal for added nutritional punch.
Ditch the pizza rolls and grab a whole-wheat pita. Add some tomato sauce, cheese, and some pepperoni if you have it and bake it in the toaster oven for a few minutes. This makes for a delicious, savory snack to tempt your kiddo without the preservatives.
Peanut Butter Granola Balls
These granola balls can be made with any nut butter, but the combo of granola and peanut butter is a satisfying snack without the sugar of traditional granola bars.
Instead of chocolate, make a frozen yogurt bark with fresh fruit, nuts, and dark chocolate chips. This healthier version of this treat is a delicious treat with a great dose of protein and a satisfying crunch.
Sweet Potato Fries with Hummus
While more traditional fries may be your child’s normal fare, this switch is both healthier and stays in a familiar form. Serving the slightly sweeter treat with a savory hummus is a great way to pack in more protein, but if your little one is averse a no-sugar added ketchup is a great choice as well.
With a ton of flavor combinations, this crispy treat is a great way to pique the interest of a kid who normally lives on goldfish. Flavor with anything from nutritional yeast for a cheesy taste to honey and cinnamon for a sweet option.
Combining cauliflower, an egg, some onion, breadcrumbs, and parmesan can have magical results. These 5-ingredient baked cauliflower tots will are a delicious way to get your little one’s veggies in while still appealing to their taste buds. They can be served with ketchup or marinara for maximum deliciousness.
We hope these 10 easy treats will help you change things up for your kids. Feel free to sub different foods and flavor combos for your child’s preferences, and don’t be afraid to experiment with new things to get your child excited about new foods and flavors.