If your picky eater isn’t getting enough of the healthy stuff, it could take some exploration and creativity to find ways to make it happen. Offering wholesome snacks in between meals is a great way for your kiddo to get their servings of fruits, veggies, and vitamins. Make your snacks fun, tasty, and nutritious, and test out these tips on how to get your picky eater to eat healthy snacks:
- Take a field trip to the farmer’s market together. There are so many healthy, seasonal foods on display for your kids to explore with all of their senses. Allow them to carefully pick up and smell different produce. Some stands even have samples to taste (perfect for a picky eater)! Give your children the chance to choose their favorite fruit and vegetable and take it home.
- Showcase a variety. Make the snack choices full of color not only because it looks more appealing, but also because eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables is healthy.
- Pack snacks in a pack. Get the family involved in making snacks together. From washing produce to cutting up fruit, many tasks can be completed faster if you work together. Plus, if you make something, you’re more likely to eat it!
- Switch it up. Don’t do the same exact snacks every day. Change it up to give the taste buds a good variety and give everyone something to look forward to.
- Portion with partitions. Use containers that have built-in compartments, like the fun one from Yumbox, or you can make your own by using cupcake liners or smaller containers. This is a great way to control portions and show your child how much of something they can eat- or in the case of a picky eater, how much they have to finish.
- Keep snacks on inventory. Snack packs aren’t only for when you’re on the go. Keep only healthy options in your fridge or pantry so the family can munch on their own snacks when hunger strikes.
- Make a pretty presentation. Sometimes it’s all in how you present it. Cut strawberries into heart shapes or even use a cookie cutter on slices of watermelon. It’s just so much more fun that way.
- Find the right mix. Trail mix is a great snack, but is there something in the mix that your picky eater won’t touch? Make your own trail mix with the ingredients you know your kids love. That way, you won’t end up with a bag full of picked-over raisins.
- Play with texture. Try using a variety of textures to make eating more interesting. For something crunchy and smooth, try out carrots and hummus, or apple slices with crushed nuts and yogurt.
- Listen to feedback. Ask your kids what they thought of the latest snack, especially if it’s something new. Be open to suggestions on healthy snack ideas so that everyone can have some favorites in rotation.
Once you find out what healthy snacks your picky eater loves, just continue to feature those foods and build upon it. What tips and tricks do you have for healthy snacks?