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Exciting Eats

Getting some kids to eat anything can be challenging at best. If you find yourself hitting a wall with them, try some of these ideas to see if they “bite.”

Exciting Eats

Getting some kids to eat anything can be challenging at best. If you find yourself hitting a wall with them, try some of these ideas to see if they “bite.”

  • Stacked foods always taste better! You can do it or the kids can stack some of their foods into towers. Same goes for skewers—for big drama, thread meats, vegetables or fruits onto bamboo skewers, then stand them in a mound of mashed potatoes! (After presenting the food, take out the skewers for kids under age six.)
  • Use naturally bright ingredients in recipes, such as blueberries or raspberries for smoothies, blue cornmeal, green spinach, blue potatoes…that’s right, blue potatoes! Many grocery stores and farmer’s markets carry them, and they make a lasting impression!
  • Whenever you have the opportunity, use fun shaped foods, such as pasta, crackers, and fruits like starfruit.
  • Go mini! Kids like things their size. Try tiny tacos, burgers and sandwiches.
  • Serve breakfast for dinner.
  • Let kids pick out their own plates and cups to eat from.
  • Have a “special” plate for days of particular importance or achievements.
  • Make “walking tacos:” take a lunch size bag of tortilla or corn chips, crush slightly, then open the bag and fill with taco-seasoned meat, grated cheese, shredded lettuce and sour cream, then top with Pace® Chunky salsa or Picante sauce. Eat it straight from the bag with a fork! It’s a great birthday party option for older kids around the age of seven or eight—plus, it’s super-easy to clean up!
  • Use one slice of whole wheat bread and one slice of white bread to make a sandwich. Slice the sandwich into nine squares, then flip over every other square to make a checkerboard.