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    May 4, 2020

    20 Things That’ll Help Your Picky Eater Actually *Want* To Eat

    Veggies cut into little hearts? Love that.

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    1. Sandwich cutters so you can turn their plain ol' turkey and cheese sandwich into something fun and exciting like a puzzle.

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    Comes with four shapes — dinosaur, butterfly, heart, and puzzle. To clean, you can either wipe under hot water or throw them in the dishwasher.

    Promising review: "My children love these! Sandwiches are a lunchtime staple for one of my children, but he hates the crust. These put a fun spin to a simple turkey on wheat. Easy to use, easy to clean, and so far, no issues with durability." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $9.71.

    2. Re-usable silicone baking cups in a variety of fun shapes and colors for making yummy baked treats or egg cups. You can also use them as serving cups for nutritious snacks.

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    These are safe in temperatures between minus 40–450 degrees Fahrenheit, and are microwave-, oven-, freezer-, and dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "Makes great shapes for snacks, and the grandkids love the different shapes either as cupcakes or frozen treats. Plus, it's easy-to-clean." —ladywolf

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $14.59.

    3. An air fryer that'll transform their favorite foods into delicious crispy versions, minus all the oil!

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    All you have to do is put your food in the fryer basket, set the temp and the timer, and your food will come out crispy and delish. The auto-shutoff feature will help prevent overcooking, and the cool-touch handle means no hand burns when pulling your food out. It even comes with a recipe book for inspo! And if you need further convincing, check out a BuzzFeeder's review (#1) here.

    Promising review: "This little gem does exactly what you want it to do. Mozzarella sticks, wings, pizza snacks come out perfectly. Takes a little while to find out just how long to do each snack, but once you get used to it, just perfect. Not for large amounts, but for one or two people it's great. Takes up very little space." —Swimmer

    Get it from Amazon for $42.79+ (available in five colors).

    4. A cookbook featuring easy, delicious recipes that both you and your kiddos will enjoy. Let's face it, your picky eater is more likely to eat Jasmine's Homemade Hummus versus YOUR homemade hummus.

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    Some notable recipes include Jasmine's Homemade Hummus, Rapunzel's Towering Parfaits, and Tiana's Baked Caramel French Toast.

    Promising review: "Perfect beginner cookbook for every little princess! This is a high-quality hardcover book. There is something in there for every picky eater and they might even try something new/nutritious since it’s endorsed by a princess! Haha! We can’t wait to try all of the recipes!" —Lindsey

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    5. Stackable utensils so when it's time for the kiddos to clean up their Legos before dinner, they can look forward to using these fun forks, spoons, and knives.

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    Comes with three forks, three spoons, and three knives that are all stackable. These utensils are BPA-, phthalate-, and lead-free, and FDA-approved. Plus, they're dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "Perfect for my 3-year-old. He loves the fact that you can stack them together and it’s perfect for me to put the set away. Also, it's hard to find a utensil set for toddlers with a knife, but he likes to cut his food himself so these are really great! Plus, the LEGO part is rubbery soft, not hard." —Cynthia Rojas

    Get a pack of nine from Amazon for $18.99.

    6. A dinosaur holder, because your picky eater may not have shared in your Taco Tuesday enthusiasm in the past, but with this cool dino? It'll be all they wanna taco 'bout.

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    This taco holder can hold two tacos, but is also good for using with waffles, toast, sandwiches, crackers, and more! It's made with food-safe polypropylene plastic, and is top rack dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "My first and only question is how could you not love this?! It holds two standard size hard taco shells or the street taco soft shells, and is a super easy way to make a picky kid enjoy taco time!" —Bontastik

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in three styles).

    7. Compartment-divided plates for solving one of the most common picky eater problems — foods touching. I'm not even that picky of an eater, and I HATE when my foods touch.

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    These plates are top rack dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "If you have young children, you NEED these. For the price, this deal is unbeatable. I love these little trays. They have great portion sizes, are dishwasher-safe, and brighten up meal times." —Lindsay Kaye

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $15.99 (available in two colors).

    8. And if you're not looking to buy a whole new plate set, these plate dividers make it easy to keep foods separated on the plates you already own. They just suction onto the plate, and voila!

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    These plate dividers feature suction cups to help prevent runny food from spreading. They're made of food-grade silicone and are dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "This is such a great product! My sister-in-law doesn't like to eat with any of her food touching on her plate, so we bought this as a birthday gift for her. She loved it and thought it was the best gift ever. Since then I've seen it out of the package and the quality is amazing. It seems durable, and suctions to most surfaces very well. I would highly recommend to anyone." —Nate I.

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $14.99.

    9. Chickpea penne or spaghetti that tastes just like real pasta, but contains more protein and fiber per serving, fewer carbs, and is gluten- and soy-free, non-GMO, has a low glycemic index, and is vegan!

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    And Target offers a curbside pickup option!

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this pasta. I actually like it better than regular pasta. The texture is perfect and it feels so good to know that you're eating something nutritious. I gave it to my husband without telling him, covered it in sauce, and he couldn't tell the difference! All of my friends feel the same! This pasta is amazing! Nutritious and incredibly tasty! I highly recommend this product and I will definitely continue to keep in in my cabinets!!" —Jmcqueen

    Get it from Target: the penne (left) for $3.69, or the spaghetti (right) for $2.99.

    10. Ice pop molds so you can whip up smoothies or get creative with things like yogurt, fruit, and juice to make yummy frozen treats. Your picky eater would probably enjoy their fruit more in ice pop form (same).

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    Includes six popsicle molds that are BPA-free and top rack dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "These popsicle molds are fantastic! They are easy to wash, easy to fill, and easy to eat! My kids love these things, and I love the drip catcher! These worked so well, I ordered a second set!" —Kira Conway

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    11. Lightsaber chopsticks, because you only told your kiddos they can't play with their food — you never said anything about utensils!

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    Promising review: "These are awesome! The colors are bright, they are sturdy, and most importantly, my kids think I'm the best mom ever!! They also come with clear care instructions so they don't get messed up! Great product, came on time, and a great price!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of four pairs from Amazon for $17.97.

    12. Vegetable cutters so you can turn veggies, fruit, cheese, meat, and more into cute shapes — because cucumber in the shape of a little heart is much more appealing than a regular slice.

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    These come in nine different shapes and sizes and are dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "My 2-year-old is a VERY picky eater. I’m constantly stressing and worrying she isn’t getting enough nutrition in her diet due to lack of fruit and veggies, but it seems those days are over! The set consists of basic, but fun shapes. The cutters are sturdy. Cleaning can be a problem if you don’t wash or at least soak right after. As long as you have a good dish brush, (wouldn’t use a sponge or cloth), you will be fine." —Heather

    Get a pack of nine from Amazon for $9.49.

    13. Sumo wrestler egg cups that'll make eating boiled eggs a hilariously fun experience.

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    The egg holders are made of high-quality hard plastic that is both long-lasting and dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "Reminiscent of my grandmother's ancient egg cups, when she'd treat us visiting kids to her old-world customs — it's a new age twist on something too few of us use today. Introduce your kids to something new, and create your own family tradition as your kids fight over the red or black sumo wrestlers." —Vincent Berg

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $15.99.

    14. Bento box picks for an adorable way to eat finger foods. Plus, it'll help keep their hands clean from messy, sticky foods.

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    These are BPA-free and crack-resistant, aka, they won't break when your kid takes a bite of food. Recommended to hand-wash!

    Promising review: "These are super cute food picks! I add them to my kids' lunch and they like them! My daughter also likes them to eat her fruit and mimics the different animals! They are also durable, and not super flimsy or easily breakable. Definitely recommend." —Noemi

    Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $6.99.

    15. A dinner tray that doubles as a fun mealtime game. Each part of the tray provides an eat-as-you-go action. When you tell them to eat a carrot, they may not listen, but when they pick up the carrot and the tray tells them to crunch, chances are, they'll CRUNCH.

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    The tray is BPA-free, certified food-safe, phthalate-free, and dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "This tray is so cute. For any parent with a picky eater, this is a must have. I love the colors, and the food slots are just the right size. I put the must eat protein in the first slots, next the veggies or fruit, then the carbs. Finish off in the hidden slot with a little dessert or treat. The final slot is covered and the kids love the anticipation of finding out the surprise." —Laura

    Get it from Amazon for $17+ (available in six colors).

    16. A veggie spiralizer so you can turn veggies into "pasta." Just whip up with their favorite sauce, and suddenly they're getting in a vegetable serving!

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    It comes with seven interchangeable blades and four e-books filled with delish recipes. The spiralizer has a lifetime warranty and is easy to take apart for top-rack dishwashing.

    Promising review: "You're not going to find a better built, better functioning spiralizer anywhere! I wasn't planning on buying one — I started out just researching. After researching the various models and reading reviews, I thought, 'I gotta get me one of those.' This is probably one of the best purchases I've ever made. My girlfriend just bought one two weeks ago and after seeing mine, said said there's no comparison. She's sending hers back!" —Marie Walker

    Get it from Amazon for $22.03.

    17. Whistle straws to make sipping drinks a more exciting experience — even if that drink is a spinach, apple, kale, banana smoothie.

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    Promising review: "I bought these as a gift for my mom who has a weird thing for straws. They are great — they whistle really well and loud. Easy to clean and re-use. Love them!" —Lindsay Loftis

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $14.99.

    18. A construction plate and utensil set for a creative solution to a mealtime problem that even Bob the Builder couldn't fix.

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    Both the plate and utensils are BPA-, phthalate-, PVC-, lead-, and paint-free and are dishwasher- and microwave-safe!

    Promising review: "My kids absolutely love eating with these plates and utensils. Even better, they enjoy eating green peas now, as they love pushing them onto the spoon! It is great for picky eaters!" —shapoopie

    Get it from Amazon for $33.95.

    19. A silicone egg mold, because getting them to eat the most important meal of the day will probably be easier if it's in the form of an adorable creature.

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    The silicone molds can withstand temperatures between minus 20–450 degrees Fahrenheit, are BPA-free, and are microwave- and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "I tried this for the first time today and the eggs came out perfectly conformed to the template. They looked great and my kids loved them, especially poking the eyes out and watching the yolk run all over the plate. It's nice to receive a product that actually works as it is supposed to." —marcus orlowski

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95+ (available in five styles).

    20. Salt and pepper wand shakers that'll make seasoning food a truly ~magical experience~ for both kids AND adults.

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    Promising review: "These are awesome. You can trick kids (and adults) into waving the wand over the food to do 'magic,' then all of a sudden the food is more exciting to eat. Brilliant idea!" —RahRahDetroit

    Get them from Amazon for $18.03.

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