Have a picky eater?! You’ve come to the right spot. These kid-approved tricks will help turn “no, thank you” into “yes, please!” All 10 of the must-try picky eater hacks are quick, simple and mom-approved.
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1. Applesauce Pouches
I always bring along a stash of Tree Top applesauce pouches to keep my kids energized and nourished when we’re on the go. Despite their very different food preferences, all three kiddos love how the fun, squeezable snack tastes and I love that the applesauce is made with pure USA-grown fruit. It’s a win-win!
2. Veggies and Dip
When we’re pressed for time and I need to get some more veggies in my kids’ tummies, I pull out some carrots, sweet red peppers, celery or cucumbers. I slice them into sticks and place them on a plate with a side dish of dip. Little Sister loves hummus and the boys are ranch salad dressing fans. Something about dipping makes crunching on vegetables more fun.
3. Trail Mix
Getting my kids to eat a balance of protein, fruits and carbohydrates can be a challenge, but mixing up a batch of trail mix always does the trick. The secret is getting a good balance of natural sweetness (like dried cranberries or raisins) to compliment some crunchy protein (peanuts, cashews and almonds are our go-tos). Whole grain cereal or granola is always a great addition too.
4. Fresh Rolls
Fresh rolls have an amazing way of getting my kids to eat more vegetables! I fill a plate with thinly sliced cucumbers, carrots, sweet red or yellow peppers, and shrimp (if we have them on hand).
Then I place a stack of rice paper in the center of the table along with a large bowl of warm water. (We find our rice paper in the Asian section of the grocery store.) The kids dip one sheet of paper into the water until it becomes pliable. Then they spread it out flat on their plate and fill it with veggies.
5. Buffet Style
Sometimes the little nudge my kids need is having the chance to choose what goes on their plate. My rule is that they have to try at least one bite of everything but, by serving meals buffet style, they can choose how much or how little they eat beyond that.
Need to sneak in more Vitamin C? Smoothies are a must-try. We blend together our Tree Top applesauce pouches, juice (mango is our family’s favorite) and frozen berries, tropical fruit, bananas… almost anything under the sun.
7. Silly Food Faces
If I’m feeling creative, my go-to picky eater remedy is designing silly food faces. Clowns, animals, sunshines… we’ve done them all! (Writing names with the food is always fun too!)
8. Cooking Together
You know what they say – the family that cooks together, eats together. And that’s certainly true for us. When the kids have a hand in the prep work, they’re more likely to actually try a new recipe.
9. Try and Try Again
One day my kids will devour something and the next day they’ll refuse it. Sometimes the cure to their picky eating is giving them multiple chances to give it a try.
10. Serve Healthy Food First
When the kiddos are hungry, they’ll eat almost anything I put in front of them so, whenever possible, I like to serve a healthy appetizer they can munch on while I finish up dinner. Tree Top applesauce pouches, apples and peanut butter, veggies and dip, cranberries and almonds… there are lots of nutritious options!
Enter to Win
To help you relieve kids’ stomach growling grumpiness when you’re on the road, I’m teaming up with Tree Top to give away one kids’ backpack filled with their good-to-go applesauce pouches ($50approximate retail value). Enter the #Hangry2Happy Sweepstakes below.
How to Enter
As a parent, we all know that our kids have those moments when they need a snack or they will freak out. We call those moments the “hangry” times. Tree Top knows that avoiding those hangry moments require a quick and reliable solution.
We want to see how you help your kids overcome those stressful times! Share a photo of your child’s “hangry2happy” moment on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Make sure to use the #Hangry2Happy hashtag and tag @TreeTopInc in your post, so we can check it out.
You’ll be entered to win one of eight survival kit backpacks full of Tree Top apple sauce Pouches, so you’ll be ready when your kids reach their limit and desperately need a snack.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tree Top.