Do you have a child who just won’t eat anything healthy? Toddlers are often very picky eaters and some don’t outgrow being picky until they are much older.
Some kids seem to be born with a sweet tooth, hunting down ice cream, candy, cookies and Little Debbie cakes with ease but turning up their noses at anything healthy.
What can you choose when you want to pack your child healthy snacks for school and she doesn’t want them? What kind of choices can you make for after school snacks your picky eater will eat that are also healthy?
Here are some ideas that may help you introduce your picky eater to healthy snacks. You might even find your child’s new favorite food.
Follow My Plate guidelines to make sure your child gets all of the variety she needs. Fruit is a great place to start. Your kids should eat more fruits and vegetables than anything else to stay healthy.
Bananas are one food that many kids love. If your child isn’t a banana lover, try making banana muffins or banana bread instead. You can also add some yogurt to slices of bananas to make a yummy dessert-like fruit snack.
Mix up some berries to make a berry salad. Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries would all be great together. Serve with cream cheese dip to add a little fun.
Melons of all types are more fun when you use a melon baller instead of just cutting into cubes or slices. Apple slices alone might be boring but add some peanut butter for dipping and your child will love them.
Grapes are good but frozen grapes are even better. Freeze them in snack sized baggies and your child can just pull out a bag for snacking.
Some other fruits your child may love include oranges cut into segments, pears, plums, peaches and nectarines. Mix a couple of fruits together and serve in a fancy dessert cup.
Thread berries and chunks of other fruits onto grilling skewers and your child will love pulling them off to eat.
Veggies are great for kids but picky eaters may not want to try them. Make them more fun by using a potato peeler to peel cucumbers into swirls instead of just plain old slices.
Pick up a bag of carrot chips. Your child may find them more fun than plain old carrot sticks. Add some ranch dip and they will vanish quickly.
Red and yellow peppers are sweeter than green peppers. Cut them into long slices and put into snack sized baggies for a snack on the go.
Spread celery sticks with peanut butter and add raisins to make ants on a log. It’s a funny name but a yummy taste.
Let your child help make snacks and she’ll be more likely to eat them. Toast a muffin half and spread with peanut butter for a quick treat.
Your child will smile and say “cheese” when there are cheese cubes, cheese sticks or cheese slices in the fridge after school. Toast on a slice of bread under the broiler or just eat as is.
Use a plastic box to hold baggies with snacks in the fridge and another on the counter for snacks that don’t have to stay cold. Your child will be able to pick her own snack and you’ll know that she’s eating something healthy.
Try a few of these simple snacks and be sure to pack enough for you too. Kids learn from watching so make sure your own snacks are healthy.