In one of our previous posts on fussy eating, we mentioned that one of rather ways to beat this is to see who can can find the crunchy foods, and make their vegetables or fruit make the loudest noises.
We have had great success in make a game of eating our greens like this: so much so that our healthy eating charts usually get a tick in every colour box!
It’s a great sensory game for younger children, though do be careful it doesn’t get too competitive; Stuntboy is always keen to make sure his lettuce is the best, and crunchiest around!
So, with this in mind, I asked the kids what they felt were the crunchiest foods they like, and this is what they came up with….not bad, though a few less healthy foods have sneaked in there, there aren’t too many overall…and a little bit of what you fancy, Eh?
I have thrown in some great Pinterest content themed around each of the foods too; so why not try something a little different; armed with your crunchy list for the kids…watch out for the smarties and the cookies though – it ain’t all waistline friendly ;-)>
1. Carrots – some great faourite carrot recipes here from Family2table for you all to try, including roasted carrot mash and gingered carrots – very much yum yum!
2. Red Pepper – these Chipotle Chicken Cheesesteaks look scrummy on www.myrecipes.com, and not surprised all the kids lapped it up!
3. Cucumber – this selection of lunchbox recipes from Lawrence.com includes a great noodle recipe for the kids with some lovely crunchy cucumber.
4. Lettuce – some great recipes for kids from parenting.com, and this includes a fabulous fun wrap, with lots of lettuce to munch on in it!
5. Cookies – we love iheartnaptime.net at KiddyCharts, and not least because they have a rather fantastic list of super cookie recipes to try out!
6. Apples – this is an amazing dip for apples, might be a little sweet with toffee and caramels in it but watch out for the crunch. Thanks Creations by Kara!
7. Smarties – yep, there were always going to be some sweets in here, but we love smarties in this house, not least for their versatility when cooking! And look and these yummy smarties chocca slices from the Good Food Channel
8. Celery – sadly this is the only thing I can’t get my kids to eat, but perhaps with this superb macadamia nut snack for the kids from Blythe Raw Live you could have a bit more luck.
9. Pear – Chatterbox loves pears, particularly for tea after school. This pear primer from the Whole Foods Market Blog gives some great recipes for pears in it.
10. Crisps – but make your own, much healthier and much crunchier – honest! Here is a great recipe from Budget101.com and its done in a microwave in seven minutes as well.
11. Pastry – oh so many things to choose for this one, but as its a healthy eating list, I haven’t gone for a pie here; something yummy from Taming the Goblin, pretty sure these would tame most people, simply divine, and so so simple a toddler can help you as well, even more incentive to eat something a little different
12. Cereal – and of course, we mean Cheerios or Cornflakes, though high in Fibre, they can be a little sugary, and probably not that difficult to persuade a toddler to eat, so we can finish this list off with a bit of fun! What about this lovely Cheerios and food colouring necklace from Educators Spin on it; something to eat and admire all at the same time!
I hope you like these recipes, go and explore some more on Pinterest too, and why not follow KiddyCharts on there was well – we do our best to keep you entertained!
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