Food & Recipes

Get Picky Eaters to Eat Healthfully

by Donna Fennessy

Get Picky Eaters to Eat Healthfully

Your kids will gobble down these yummy, healthy foods that feature their favorite cartoon characters on the label (really!)

Looks like little kids love their celebrity endorsements. When University of Pennsylvania researchers gave kids one of four “different” cereals that were actually all the same, their tiny test subjects gave the ones that came from boxes with characters the highest taste ratings. Why not take advantage of kids’ starstruck bellies to serve up some good-for-them fare? Heather K. Jones, R.D., author of the e-book The Grocery Cart Makeover, reviewed a few dozen labels to offer you some of the best picks.

Seapoint Farms Organic Dora The Explorer shelled edamame
Famous face Dora
Why to buy Packed with fiber, protein, and vitamins A and C, these individual packs are a nearly perfect nosh.

Brothers-All-Natural Fruit Crisps
Famous face Mickey
Why to buy These freeze-dried fruit snacks contain no added fat, sugar, salt, or preservatives. Consider them slobber-free versions of fresh-picked apples and pears.

Earth’s Best Sesame Street Organic Elmo Vegetable Soup
Famous face Elmo
Why to buy Loaded with fiber and nutrient-rich beans and vegetables, this soup is also lower in sodium than most other canned options.

Disney Garden Peeled Carrots with Low Fat Ranch Dip
Famous face Lightning McQueen and Mater
Why to buy Crunchy, nutrient-rich carrots and low-fat dip make for the perfect pairing in this kid-friendly snack. Vrooom!