Food Texture List

Food Texture List

This is a list of foods and drinks for kids with texture aversions and feeding difficulties. Many children are picky eaters, but some children have serious texture aversions or difficulty chewing and swallowing that can make eating and drinking hard for both parent and child! Whether the problem is due to sensory processing disorder, dysphagia, gastrointestinal problems or something else, kids might need help from speech therapists and patient, persistent parents to help them improve their eating and get a variety of healthy foods. A lot of children with G-tubes, NG tubes, or J or NJ tubes can have trouble as well. Here is a food texture idea list to help your little one handle foods and liquids and some ways to thicken liquids. Some of these can also help add calories to help children gain weight.

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Ways to thicken liquids:

  • Commercial thickener (Caution! Some thickeners cannot be used with premature babies or babies younger than one year – check with your doctor)
  • Finely ground baby cereal such as rice cereal or other grain (blend it in a blender for finer consistency)
  • Powdered baby formula
  • Yogurt
  • Applesauce
  • Sherbet
  • Well pureed fruit or vegetable
  • Chia seeds (Some people have allergies to chia seeds)
  • Finely ground flax seed, oatmeal or wheat germ (these also add whole grains and fiber but be aware of any possible food allergies, such as gluten allergy)

Thick liquids

  • Tomato juice
  • Pureed fruit
  • Buttermilk
  • Chocolate milk
  • Pediasure
  • Instant breakfast
  • Pureed soup


  • Baby food (stage 1 and 2)
  • Thin cream of wheat
  • Custard
  • Flan
  • Pudding
  • Yogurt (no fruit or grain)
  • Pureed cooked vegetables, except root vegetables and stringy vegetables like squash (steaming vegetables maintains the most nutrients)
  • Applesauce
  • Pureed fruit
  • Hummus (pureed chick peas)
  • Baba ganoush (pureed eggplant)

Puree with small chunks

  • Mix very small chunks of food with puree-consistency food, such as canned tuna or crushed egg yolk mixed with Greek yogurt
  • Stage 3 baby food
  • Cooked cereal such as rice cereal, cream of wheat or oatmeal
  • Mashed banana mixed with pureed fruit
  • Thin mashed potatoes and gravy
  • Mashed avocado or guacamole
  • Soft noodles cut very small
  • Rice pudding
  • Scrambled or hard-boiled eggs, cut very small (no runny eggs)
  • Pudding such a tapioca
  • Pureed cooked root vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkin,
  • Thin purees thickened with baby cereal
  • Cottage cheese, small curd
  • Ground meats such as pate, liverwurst, very finely ground sausage meat (these can also be missed with yogurt to soften them)
  • Pureed beans such as refried beans, lentils, black beans, fava beans, etc (beans are an excellent source of protein)

Soft foods

  • Baked goods such as muffin, biscuit, bread, waffle, cake, soft cookie
  • Baby puffs that dissolve in the mouth
  • Crackers
  • Finely shredded meat
  • Rice (don’t feed this to kids who get food up their nose when they eat)
  • Canned tuna or salmon (be sure bones are removed from salmon or pureed. Salmon bones are edible when pureed and are a good source of calcium.)
  • Boneless fish
  • Soft cheese
  • Soft cereal
  • Small pieces of pasta
  • Canned fruit
  • Potatoes

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