My two boys won’t snack on fruits or vegetables (or eat them with meals for that matter). I can get a banana in them once in a while, but they prefer snacks like popcorn, pretzels or crackers. Other than smoothies (which are hit or miss in our house) any snack ideas that won’t spoil their lunch or dinner?
Some of my friends with children have found hummus to be popular with their little ones. The kids like dipping pita, pretzels, crackers, etc. in it…and it’s healthier than most cheeses and dips. Also, it’s easy to dole out in small portions on a plate so as not to spoil dinner! Might be something to try?
Try changing up the presentation of fruits/veggies by having them make kebabs or creating their own fun dips
Hummus or white bean dip is a good addition to their pretzels and crackers
Spread nut or sunflower butter on crackers for more protein, you can also add dried fruit to that for extra yum. You can also make this into an Edible Art activity by making "snack bugs" with crackers, a spread and dried fruit.
Whole grain or veggie mini muffins (I add chocolate chips to zucchini muffins to hide the green bits my daughter claims not to like)
Trail mix – my daughter likes to pick and choose from a variety of dried fruits, nuts, snacks to add to her very own mix. You can even have your sons name their snack mix afterwards.
Frozen bananas dipped in honey or nut butters
Try freezing other fruit such as blueberries and grapes to see if they like them better that way
Have you signed up for our upcoming parent webinar? Here’s the link to the registration page http://tinyurl.com/449cwh7. We are going to be talking about picky eaters. We’ve got tons of great strategies for you…one of the strategies is to keep trying. It takes a while for children’s taste buds to get used to new and different flavors. Personally I’m still trying to get used to the taste of dirt (oh no…I mean beets).
My 2 1/2 year old son doesn’t give me a problem. Some of the things he likes is to dip cucumbers in ranch dressing. I cut them in sticks and recently bought one of those "wavy cutters" so the rounds have ridges. He also likes snacking on cherry tomatoes, mini carrots, strawberries, and grapes.
What about celery or apples with peanut butter? My mom used to make us "apple faces." Slice a cross section of apple, spread peanut butter on it and use raisins for eyes nose and mouth. (Use a chocolate chip for the nose every once in a while if they’ve been especially good.)
Although this will still lack some nutritional value there are many chips made from veggies, such as veggie straws veggie chips. Also you could try yogurt covered fruit or mixing fruit into frozen yogurt. Hope you find something that works!
For really down-to-earth & do-able advice on influencing our children’s eating habits, I love Dr. Sears’ "9 Simple Steps" (to Raising a healthy Eater). It’s on YouTube at: http://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL48ACC9D57409924F Call me if you have questions: 303-817-6947.