I find myself often going to the good old freezer for dinner. It always sounds like the same menu: Chicken Nuggets and Mac N Cheese. I’ve worked with some other moms to come up with alternatives for our sensory friendly eaters! Please add your go-to foods if not listed!

Oral Sensory Input Foods

Alerting Foods
These foods are meant to waken up a child’s senses while providing lots of proprioceptive and oral sensory input. These foods consist of chewy, sour, spicy, crunchy and cold texture. So when your child seems sluggish or off, then these snacks are a perfect way to get them back on track!

  • Cheese
  • Celery
  • Bagels
  • Fruit Leather or Gummies
  • Dried Fruit
  • Beef Jerky sticks
  • Pickles
  • Lemonade
  • Greek Yogurt (plain)
  • Frozen Berries
  • Pretzels
  • Crackers
  • Popcorn
  • Pita Chips
  • Graham Crackers
  • Kale Chips

Calming Foods

These foods are perfect when your kids are bursting with energy! They consist of sweet, smooth, creamy, and warm foods.

  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Berries
  • Grapes
  • Yogurt
  • Hummus
  • Hard boiled egg
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Avocado
  • Pudding
  • Soup
  • Oatmeal