Food & Recipes

10 White Foods for Picky Eaters

by Editors

10 White Foods for Picky Eaters

You little food snob doesn’t have to survive on pasta and bread. Check out these ideas that will pass his test and get him a boost of nutrition (and variety!)




Finger Sandwiches


If your kid hates crusts, chop them off or use cookie cutters to turn sandwiches into cool shapes.



Potato Cakes


Turn leftover mashed potatoes into a yummy, kid-friendly food.



Chicken Salad


Pasta and chicken are super kid-friendly. Don’t sweat it if your kid won’t eat all the veggies.



Fish Tacos


Here’s a great way to introduce your kids to fish.



Takes the Cake


This treat has the flavor of freshly harvested corn. Pop it into the toaster, then drizzle it with honey. (Thomas’ Toast-R-Cakes, $2.99)





Who can just eat alphabet soup? Call out a letter, and when your child finds it, he can slurp up the hearty reward. (Campbell’s Chicken Alphabet soup, $1.69)



Anytime Nosh


These satisfying bites—fortified with vitamins, fiber and minerals—will stave off before-dinner grumbles. (Barbara’s Bakery Organic Wild Puffs in Fruit Medley, $4.50)



Three-Way Tide


Cheese sticks always make a great nibble; these are packed with brain-boosting, heart-healthy omega-3’s. (Sorrento Plus Omega 3 String Cheese, $4)



Homemade Potato Chips

If you’re still telling your kids to not eat potato chips, it’s probably because you didn’t know you could make them in your microwave without a smidgen of grease. For real. I could tell you more, but I suspect you’re already in the kitchen trying this out.


  • One Russet potato sliced paper thin
  • Salt (optional)
  • Parchment paper


Cut a sheet of parchment paper to fit a plate. Lay discs of potato on top in a flat layer, none touching. Sprinkle layer with salt, if desired. Cover with another sheet of parchment paper. Microwave for 5-6 minutes. Discs will have become lightly browned potato chips.


Kids can help: Cut paper to shape, lay out slices of potato
Extras:Season with some salt, paprika, garlic or onion powder


Recipe from Deb Perelman at Smitten Kitchen.



Mini Pizzas


This kid-favorite gets a healthy makeover to fuel your child’s busy body all day long. Make these the night before to save time in the morning. Top English muffin halves with jarred marinara sauce (if your child won’t object, add chopped steamed broccoli or spinach to the sauce.) Sprinkle pre-shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes. Let cool, then wrap up.


Serve with:


One half cup of blueberries
Individual chocolate pudding