Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Finger Food Ideas

Babies:

There are TONS of websites and books out there for baby food recipes.  Two good websites that I liked for both babies and toddlers were Weelicious and Wholesome Baby Food.  But here is a list of things I personally used to slowly introducing finger foods to our babies:
  • Diced tofu
  • Soft cheeses
  • Cereal puffs and yogurt melts (many brands sell variants of these)
  • Cheerios or other o-shaped cereal
  • Well-cooked and soft vegetables, such as carrots or chunks of potatoes or sweet potatoes
  • Diced pears or other soft vegetables

Toddlers:

Here's a list of foods that are easy for your kids to eat, not too messy (if you care about that), and for when they're not eating whatever YOU'RE eating that's been cut-up.
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • Grapes, halved or quartered
  • Cheese cubes
  • Small cubes of cooked chicken
  • Quesadillas with beans, cheese, and anything else, cut into bite-sized pieces with a pizza cutter
  • Quaker Oats Oatmeal Squares cereal
  • Chex cereal
  • Spiral, bowtie, macaroni, or penne pasta (easier to pick up or stab with a fork than spaghetti)
  • Steamed green beans and asparagus (once they learn how to bite off a piece, or you could cut them up)
  • Steamed broccoli florets
  • Steamed carrots, cut into rounds (I guess we steam a lot of things in our house...)
  • Waffles or pancakes (again, teach them how to take bites, or break them into pieces at first)
  •   Pouches of pureed fruits and vegetables (various brands offer these, and can be used once your kids know how to squeeze the pouch.)
  • And you know those packages of mixed veggies in the freezer section?  The pieces are small enough to eat (so small, in fact, that they're a great fine-motor exercise just to pick up and eat!) and sweet.  Here's a video of one of my sons eating them with gusto:  

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