An exclusive feature*
A little advice from nutrition expert Jodi Greebel will definitely keep you in the know!
Are the grandkids coming to visit and not sure what foods to buy? Don’t panic and don’t worry- we have you covered! Likely your grandkids eat differently than the way you fed your own kids. That likely means more snacking, no drinking juice, more concern about ingredients, food colorings, preservatives, organic foods, allergies and more. So, rather than trying to figure out what to buy, use this list below to help guide you. Below are some great staples to have at home that work with even the pickiest of eaters.
In your fridge/freezer:
organic low-fat milk
drinkable yogurts (preferably organic)
Chobani or Siggi’s yogurt tubes string cheese (preferably organic) laughing cow cheese
grapes (cut in half for kids under 4)
strawberries hummus edamame
whole grain/whole wheat bread
Van’s gluten free french toast sticks or blueberry waffles
Chloe’s ice pops
Applegate farms organic chicken strips
In your pantry:
Gogo squeez applesauce pouches (available at Costco; even if they don’t eat all of these on this visit, you can save for next time)
Skinny Pop (if your grandchild is over 4. Otherwise, popcorn can be a choking hazard) Organic snack factory pretzel crisps
Crispy Green or other brand of freeze-dried apples
BEAR – real fruit yoyos (available on Amazon) Kashi organic Honey Cinnamon Cereal
Annie’s cheddar bunnies or whole wheat crackers
Annie’s organic mac ’n cheese (for lunch or dinner in a pinch)
sunflower seed or nut butter (if no allergies)
And, of course, always ask your child or daughter/son-in-law what your grandchild’s eating schedule is. Oftentimes, the biggest issue with feeding grandkids is a lack of communication. And, remember, this can be an opportunity to get your grandkids trying new foods when they are out of their own environment. Getting kids involved in the kitchen is a great way to do this and a fun activity to do with them. For ideas on cooking with kids, follow me on instagram
*How to Stock Your Fridge (and Pantry!) When Your Grandkids Come to Visit
Is an exclusive feature for grandparentslink.com by Jodi Greebel, MS, RDN, is a pediatric nutrition expert and the founder of Citrition, private nutrition counseling practice. She is also the author of the book The Little Black Apron: A Single Girl’s Guide to Cooking with Style and Grace. She has appeared on Good Morning America, the CW morning news, Radio Disney, CNN International as well as many publications such as The Daily News, The Chicago Tribune, Parenting, Reader’s Digest, Parents and more. Jodi graduated cum laude from Duke University with a B.S. in Biology and received her Master’s in Nutrition and Dietetics from NYU.
Jodi does individual counseling and cooking classes for kids of all ages. She also consults for food companies, schools and camps around the country. For more tips on feeding your kids and family, you can follow her on Instagram @greengrownmeals.
Jodi Greebel, MS, RDN