All responses taken from our Facebook groups: Foster Parenting Toolbox and Kinship Parenting Group.
Every parent knows that finding healthy foods kids will eat and enjoy can be tricky. We asked current foster and kinship parents what their go-to healthy snacks are for their pickiest eaters.
“Pop some popcorn on the stove with coconut oil. My kids love seeing it go from kernels to popcorn!”
“Fruit smoothies! I just use frozen fruit and water, blend it up, and enjoy!!”
“My kids think it’s so fun to pretend to be a bunny and eat the big carrots.”
“Mini sweet peppers with a little smear of cream cheese and a sprinkle of everything bagel seasoning.”
“Purple supreme smoothies! Beet juice, orange and purple carrots, pomegranate, cherry, raspberry, blackberry, and a dash of cream, and honey.”
“Apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon with peanut butter to dip in.”
“Honestly, what works best is just putting fruits and sliced veggies in a basket on the table. If it’s in the fridge, they won’t eat it and forget it’s there… but if it’s on the table, they eat the heck out of it.”
“Fruits and veggies are all we snack on at home. My kids think it’s the norm. I roast cauliflower in the air fryer, cut up celery, butternut squash cubes, etc. If it’s there they want it.”
“I bake mini whole wheat apple cinnamon muffins with oats. I do an allergy free version too, using brown rice flour and honey or agave instead of cane sugar.”
“Apple and peanut butter, mandarin oranges and grapes. Sometimes I make a small plate of grapes, nuts, cheese, crackers, salami and cucumbers or sliced bell peppers. I try to switch out the snacks every month so they don’t get bored and stop eating them.”
“The no sugar added popsicles (I think Honest Kids makes them?) are great in summer.”
“My girls love string cheese and apple sauce pouches.”
“Banana slices with peanut butter eaten with toothpicks.”
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