Synopsis of the App: Food Explorer Club is described as an app for the parents of “picky” eaters.
Price and Platform: Free. Apple and Android
RDN Score: 3/5
- Designed by and for parents, Food Explorer Club turns trying new foods into a game allowing kids to earn badges and rewards for making healthful food choices.
- Parents define the badges and assign points and rewards for trying new foods.
- Parents are in control of what the child sees in the app.
- Users can create a profile for each child, allowing siblings to get competitive by watching who earns the most points.
- Includes badges for different foods, vitamins and behaviors.
- Parents can define and add different rewards and points, from simple rewards such as sitting in Dad’s chair to going to the zoo.
- Includes fun and educational facts under each badge, such as “There are over 7,500 kinds of apples in the world” in the apple badge.
- Requires family sharing and asks for an email address, names and birthdays that may be privacy concerns.
- Setting up the rewards and badges can take some time and requires the child to access the app to view rewards.
- Parents might walk a fine line to avoid vilifying certain foods.
- Includes optional reward ideas such as “dessert,” which may have a negative impact on the child’s relationship with food over time.
- App tends to freeze when transitioning from screen to screen.
Bottom Line: Food Explorer Club might work for parents who have a bit more time on their hands. Although the kid-friendly design is appealing, the point system may add a degree of complexity to the process of introducing new foods to children.