Fun with Food!

Welcome to Fun with Food! This site was designed to help parents and caregivers find, share and ask about fun foods for your selective toddler!

As a speech-language pathologist specializing in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, I encounter many children who have experienced negative associations surrounding food. These children often have accompanying oral motor feeding difficulties and sensory processing difficulties--making eating a very stressful experience instead of an enjoyable one.

This website will hopefully serve as an "idea place" for meals as well as questions and support from other parents and caregivers. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pediatric Basics--The Journal of Pediatric Nutrition and Development

This is a wonderful resource for anyone, especially pediatricians who would like to learn more about pediatric dysphagia. I encourage you to read this as it includes a great summary of oral and sensory motor feeding development as well as a few one page articles related to Understanding Why children Won't Eat and How to Help, Treating and Preventing Food Jags and Putting Research Into Practice .

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Thank You

I wanted to post a special thank you to Alisa Fleming of who featured an article of mine entitled Food Allergies and Intolerances and their Impact on Feeding. Her post can be found at

Alisa's website features many vegan, gluten free and casein free recipes that many of you may find helpful in your dietary challenges! Take a look at the Top Ten Cutest and Tastiest Dairy Free and Vegan Halloween Treats for 2009!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Favorite 'crunchies'

These are a few favorite 'crunchy yet dissolvable' picks for working on lateral munching skills, transitioning to fruits and veggies (pairing the veggie crunchy foods with soft or pureed fruits or veggies of similar color) and 'waking up the mouth'. Very tasty too!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Little Chef of the Week!

If you have a little girl then you are probably familiar with Pinkalicious, the tale of a little girl who can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite the warnings from her parents. This is one of my daughter's favorite books...that and of course Purpilicious!

Pictured below is sweet 4 year old Caroline from Arkansas making her very own Pinkalicious cupcakes! The results look...well, pinkalicious for lack of a yummier description! A special thanks to Caroline's mother who took these great pictures and shared them with me! If you have a picture you would like to share feel free to email it to me and I will be sure to post it!

Turkey Nuggets

Simple and daughter approved!

1 package lean ground turkey (1-1.5 pounds I believe)
1/4 cup egg beaters or 1 egg
1/4 cup Sesame Ginger Dressing (use any type of vinaigrette or favorite dressing)
1/4 cup bread crumbs

Spray muffin tins with baking spray. I used a mini muffin tin and a regular tin, filled both up with none to spare! Pack each tin approximately 2/3 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.