Need some food chaining examples?
These Food chaining examples can help you add new foods to your child’s diet. However, it’s important to first understand what food chaining is, and how to implement it.
Food chaining is ideal for picky eaters. As a result, it is often used by speech/feeding therapists and registered dietitians when working to increase food acceptance.
This process uses small changes to elements of preferred foods to work toward a new food. Luckily, you can read more about the concept of food chaining here.
Firstly, start by identifying the traits of liked foods. For example, are these foods crunchy? Salty? Orange? Make a list of traits like texture, color, shape, flavor, and temperature (is it cooked?). These are the traits you will link to new foods.
Secondly, you can begin making small changes to only 1 trait at a time. For example, change the shape of the food, then the brand, then the texture, and so on.
Let’s dive into some examples!
Need more ideas? Check out these examples:
Goldfish crackers–>Cheez Itz–>Saltine Crackers–>Saltines with cheese slices
French fries–>potato wedges–> baked potato–> mashed (chunky) potatoes–> mashed (smooth) potatoes
Potato Chips–>salted plantain chips–> banana chips–>banana slices–>whole banana
Cookies–>Fig Newtons–>jam toast–>jam sandwich–>bread with sliced strawberries–>fresh strawberries
Granola bar–>crumbled granola+dried berries–>blueberries
Mac n’ cheese–> pasta with alfredo sauce–>pasta with 1/2 alfredo, 1/2 tomato sauce–> pasta with marinara sauce
Strawberries–> grapes–>grape or cherry tomatoes–> tomato slices
Chicken nuggets–>change brand of nuggets–>homemade chicken nuggets–> homemade tenders–>baked chicken breast
For more help with food chaining and picky eating, talk to your pediatrician or pediatric dietitian. You can also get more great information here!