As adults, we often find ourselves scratching our heads when it comes to figuring out what kids like to eat. One minute they're raving about mac and cheese, the next minute they won't even touch it. So, what's a parent to do? Fear not! We've compiled a list of foods that five-year-olds love so you can breathe easy (or at least until the next temper tantrum).
Fruit is always a good choice for kids as it provides them with essential vitamins and minerals. Plus, many fruits have natural sugars which satisfy their sweet tooth without all the added sugar found in candy and desserts. Here are some popular options:
Pro tip: Cut up fruit into small pieces or shapes for added fun!
Sandwiches are an easy go-to for lunchtime but don't be afraid to mix things up with different types of breads and fillings:
There are plenty of bread options beyond plain white or wheat bread. Try these instead:
- English muffins
The possibilities for sandwich fillings are endless! Here are some classics along with a few more unusual picks that might surprise you (or gross you out)
1) Peanut butter & Jelly (A classic!) 2) Turkey & Cheese (Always reliable) 3) Hummus & Veggie Slices (For those little ones who like to be adventurous.") 4) Cream Cheese & Cucumber slices (Sophisticated much?!)
Bonus points if your kid helps assemble their own sandwiches!
Noodles are almost universally loved by kids of all ages. Here are three crowd-pleasing options:
- Mac and cheese (No surprise here!)
- Spaghetti with meat sauce
- Ramen noodles
Pro tip: Add some veggies like peas or broccoli to the mix for a little nutrition boost.
Don't Forget Snacks!
Snack time is sacred in the realm of five-year-olds (probably more important than naptime). Keep these snacks on hand for your hungry little one:
Rather than reaching again for Goldfish crackers, try these unique options instead:
1) Rice cakes with peanut butter (Kids love spreading it themselves) 2) Carrot sticks and hummus 3) Frozen grapes (It's nature's candy!)
Classic Comfort Foods
Some simpler, classic snack items have stood the test of time:
- Animal Crackers
Whatever you choose to provide as snacks, keep portions small so they don't spoil their mealtime appetite (or we might end up overfeeding our picky eaters).
Figuring out what your child likes can be tricky but it doesn't have to be impossible. Focusing on healthy food choices that are presented in fun and interesting ways is key when trying to satisfy even the pickiest palates! Remember, adding varied texture such as crunchy raw vegetables or chewy dried fruits will expand their eating habits naturally without having them resort exclusively to gummy bears!
Now go forth and conquer snack-time parents...we're rooting for you(re family’s taste buds)!