When you live with picky eaters – whether they are your children, your spouse, or maybe even yourself – you have to get creative with how you introduce different foods into your meals. Eating a variety of foods can be fun when you turn it into a game. We decided to try a new food from A to Z, and created this list of foods to have options to choose from. Here is our list of foods that start with G, including fruits, vegetables, and other fun things to eat!
Why eat foods from every letter of the alphabet?
When you step outside of your food comfort zone, you have the opportunity to discover a new food that you never knew you could enjoy. There are so many foods that we haven’t tried, for various reasons – because our parents never cooked them, they weren’t available in our area, they are popular foods in different cultures, or just because we didn’t know they existed!
Trying different foods, especially fruits and vegetables, can provide our bodies with a variety of nutrients that we wouldn’t normally have. It can also get us out of the “what’s for dinner” rut when we get bored of eating the same old things over and over again.
These food lists are also great when teaching the alphabet, or when looking for a fun food for show and tell day at school!
If you’re looking for a little flavor in the kitchen, or a way to spice up your life, try one – or all! – of these foods that start with the letter G.
Fruits that start with G
These apples are great for baking because they hold their shape and do not break apart. Slice them up and put them in a pie, or cut them open and bake them by themselves for a great snack
An Asian fruit, used for many medicinal benefits, small, sweet and slightly sour. These can be eaten raw or dehydrated for a quick, healthy snack. They can be squeezed into juice or added to tea and smoothies. Goji berries are a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and antioxidants.
Golden delicious apples
These are a large, low calorie, yellow apple. They have a softer texture, so they are perfect for making juice or hot cider (for the colder months). These apples are also perfect for baking apple dumplings and some of the best apples to mash into a smooth apple sauce. YUM!
Granny Smith apples
This green, apple, when compared to other apples, is the best choice for weight loss, due to their higher concentration of fiber and lower amount of sugar. These tart apples are a great choice for many desserts such as caramel apples, pies, or adding them to pancakes.
Grapes are a popular fruit and come in many different varieties. Red, green, purple, seeded, seedless, sweet and tart. Grapes can be dehydrated to make raisins, they can be squeezed into a healthy juice or mashed into a yummy jam or jelly.
Grapefruit is a citrus fruit that is very low in sugar and has zero fat, making it great for parents who don’t want to feed their kids super sweet food items. It has a yellow skin, and can have either a pale or pink pulp inside with a very tart flavor.
Add some grapefruit to a bowl with bananas, avocado and sunflower seeds for a super healthy breakfast, providing lots of vitamin C and all the right nutrients to get the day started.
Originating from Central America, guava fruits are very nutritional, known as a “super fruit”, because of its high levels of proteins, fiber and potassium. The complete tropical fruit is edible, so it makes for an easy, “super” healthy snack.
Vegetables that start with G
Also known as chickpeas, are a great source of protein, and are commonly used as a meat substitute. They are a perfect addition to many pasta dishes, or even soup. However, if you prefer a healthy snack, these beans can be made into a nice creamy dip (hummus) and served with toasted pita chips.
Also commonly known as sweet peas, due to their sweet taste that makes them more appetizing to kids. These round peas can be eaten raw, or cooked. Use them as a single side, or add them into a vegetable medley or as a layer in a shepherds pie.
Who doesn’t love a baby pickle? These small pickled cucumbers are super crunchy and the perfect size for small hands. Like pickles, gherkins are a great source of hydration and loaded with probiotics!
This pepper has been voted the worlds hottest chili pepper! That goes to say that a small amount goes a long way! Despite the intense heat that can come from these small peppers, the flavor that is provided from them is actually delicious and has a hint of sweetness.
This is a perfect pepper to add to a chili dish or making a flavorful marinade.
One of the most healthy spices that you can find. Ginger can be used for many foods or drinks. It is a common ingredient used in baking during the winter holidays.
The holiday scent floating through the house while baking ginger snaps or gingerbread cookies is sure to make a nice memory.
Similar in texture with asparagus and cooked broccoli stems, artichokes are a perfect healthy addition to so many different foods. This can be added to a creamy spinach dip or even pizza. To make it simple, this plant can be cooked by itself or even stuffed with cheese and spices.
Also known as string beans, French beans, or snap bean, these are a very common side dish for restaurants. Green beans go well with so many meats and vegetables. They are delicious by themselves or add a bit more Southern flavor by cooking them with chunks of ham or bacon.
You can even dress them up a little more and sauté them with a little olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic powder. For special holiday meals, make a simple green bean casserole. A family favorite!
A small and simple ingredient that adds so much flavor to any dish! Add them on top of soups, chili, or baked potatoes.
For picky eaters, when cooking green onions, slice them very thin, and once cooked, they are almost undetectable.
Green peppers, or bell peppers, are used in a variety of foods. Stir fry, soup, pasta, grilling, even baking. The flavor that comes from bell peppers makes the dish have a fresh and sweet taste.
Other foods that start with G
(One of my favorite ingredients) Garlic enhances any dish that it is added to. The aroma that comes from cooking garlic is unmistakable and mouth watering. It is a bulb containing multiple individual cloves.
A little goes a long way, so you can cook a meal with some and save more for the next meal.
Gazpacho is a soup made with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onion and garlic. What sets this soup apart from traditional soup is that, it’s served cold. What? Cold soup? It’s definitely worth a try. It’s my favorite soup to enjoy in summer!
Pairing it with some hot crab cakes or warm tortillas, makes for a delicious, fresh surprise.
Gelatin is a colorless, tasteless ingredient that is high in protein and amino acids. This products is used when making kid friendly snacks, such as jello, pies, marshmallows, and my favorite, and so easy, no-bake cheesecake.
This is what I call the fancy ice cream, being that it has more flavor and is more dense that regular ice cream. This sweet treat is made from higher quality ingredients making it the healthier choice of the two.
For those of you who have children who are lactose intolerant, this is a great substitute for butter. During the cooking process, all of the milk solids are removed, making this a clarified butter.
Gingerbread is a holiday favorite! The aroma that comes from baking the loafs or cookies always fills the house with smiles. The loafs come out super moist and soft, where the gingerbread cookies or gingersnaps have more of a crunch and can be used in making cookies to decorate for a snack or to add memories to the Christmas tree.
Obviously, this cheese is made from goat’s milk, making it slightly lower in fat and calories versus a cheese made from cow’s milk. The texture of goat cheese is similar to that of feta cheese and has a pretty mild flavor. You can use this cheese in many different dishes, such as stuffed chicken, quiche, cheese balls, and my favorite, queso – the white cheese at the Mexican restaurant.
This is one of the most popular cheeses in the world, making up almost 60% of the world’s cheese consumption. Wow! It has a sweet tastes and a creamy texture when melted. If you like pasta, this cheese is sure to make it taste exceptionally Gouda! (Good )
Semi sweet like a cookie, but firm like a cracker. These are perfect for the campfire traditional snack, the messy S’more!! These are also great for crushing up and using as the base of a pie or crumble on top of a pudding.
I just love granola. It’s a better option for breakfast than the sugar filled cereal. Granola provides a good amount of protein and fiber. I like to eat it by itself or add some nuts and dried fruit for a great trail mix. It is a must for when I have my fruit and yogurt parfait.
Greek yogurt is an excellent source of calcium. My kids love when we do a yogurt bar for breakfast. I put bowls, filled with different toppings for their yogurt. We use bananas, strawberries, blue berries, raspberries, peanuts, almonds, granola, and I let them use a tiny bit of candy, such as M&M’s on occasions. They love this so much!
Greek yogurt can also be used as a substitute for sour cream. We use greek yogurt to top our tacos for an extra protein boost.
I love green tea! Not only for the taste, but for the health benefits that come from it. The antioxidants that come from this delicious drink. It always makes me feel more energized and I feel better knowing I made a healthy choice instead of having a large cup of southern sweet tea.
A type of Swiss cheese, with a rich and creamy flavor. It is a great melting cheese, which makes it a fabulous choice for fondue!. So go melt some cheese and grab your snacks and skewers and start dipping!
Guacamole is a great food – simple, simple, simple and so healthy and yummy. The main ingredient, avocado, gives this popular dip its green color.
To make guac, get some avocado, squish it and add some salt and lime juice to taste. VOILA! Now you have the perfect dip for veggies and tortilla chips or a topping for salad
Gumbo is popular in the Southern United States (especially in Louisiana) and is a family favorite in the colder months. This stew has all the yummy ingredients! Shrimp, crab, sausage, (even crawfish if you’d like), accompanied with celery, onion, bell pepper, okra… pretty much anything you can think of.
It has a bit of spice, but not too much. Grab a bowl and sit by the fire and enjoy the warmth from both.
This Greek dish looks similar to a taco, but is served on pita bread. The meat it typically beef, pork, or lamb and is topped with a creamy, mild yogurt sauce. Add a side of a greek salad and you have a tasty, low-carb meal.
Which “G” food is your favorite?
Do you have a favorite food that starts with G that isn’t on our list? Or even a favorite recipe? We’d love to hear about it, so leave us a comment below!