Pill Box Lunches - Low Chew

Do you need to pack a lunch for your child who is learning to chew? This can be a challenge!

You can use fresh, nutritious and inexpensive foods and present them in a fun and playful way. [At home, try presenting food in an ice cube tray.] You, the babysitter or child care provider can open all the lids at once or save the special taste treats as a reward. If this lunch is not enough for your child, consider using this as a supplement to expand food choices and preferences.

Fill the pill box with a variety of  easy-to-chew treats for your child at lunchtime. Use as many different colors as possible. Try different textures, food groups and flavors. Here are some possible food choices for your "low chew" pill box lunch.

 

Make sure that vegetables are soft. Meat or tofu can be minced or diced. Try filling the sections with foods of different colors:

  • frozen peas
  • shredded cheese
  • cheerios/cereal bits
  • steamed shredded carrots
  • small crackers
  • chopped turkey
  • chopped ham
  • hard boiled egg
  • Veggie Stix
  • well cooked diced vegetables
  • graham cracker bits
  • diced pickles
  • kiwi
  • banana

These foods might not work so well in a box or ice cube tray, but are great choices to add variety to a diet of soft, easy to chew foods.

  • well cooked and diced vegetables
  • sunflower seed butter (a peanut butter substitute)
  • rice and other grains
  • potatoes
  • cheese
  • diced or minced poultry
  • eggs
  • squash
  • fish
  • baked sweet potatoes
  • kidney beans
  • tofu
  • yogurt
  • hummus
  • micro-waved, peeled and diced apples
  • pasta
  • avocado
  • pretzel sticks
  • bananas