Ever since your 4-year-old—a budding food critic, apparently—decided PB&J is “gross” and spaghetti and meatballs are “ew,” you’ve been at a loss for what to feed her. Want to know an age-old secret? If you turn something into finger food, there’s an 83 percent chance your kid will gobble it up.
OK, that’s not a real stat, but we’re not totally making it up. After all, while experts agree that it might take 15 tries before a child will even taste a new food, most moms know that you can trick your kids into healthy eating with a little creative presentation. Indeed, according to pediatricians, focusing on form over flavor is one way to introduce essential fruits and veggies. Sure, Suzy doesn’t like roasted zucchini slices but she might like zucchini “fries” or magical green “energy cookies.”
Enter finger foods, which introduce texture, dexterity and sensory learning. Plus, according to a University of Nottingham study, when kids are empowered to feed themselves, they’re less likely to be finicky eaters overall. Bring on the “ants on a log” crudités.
Lucky for you, we’ve got 73 finger foods for kids that are as easy to make as they are delicious.