For some reason, the switch from a diet of formula & baby food to whole milk & table food has seemed like a sudden transition for both of my kids. Suddenly I have to think! About what this little person should eat! This little person who is hungry all the time and who can choke on just about anything!
I decided to compile a list of easy, healthy finger foods for toddlers, in the hopes that I'll be able to remember some of these options the next time I'm stumped.
1) Cheerios - okay, this one is a gimmie. David loves Cheerios, and he has the shirt to prove it.
2) Toast strips - plain, buttered, topped with melted cheese; there are lots of options for toast!
3) Steamed diced veggies - carrots and broccoli are easy to steam in the microwave, and can be diced quickly with a pizza cutter.
4) Shredded roasted meat - since I like to cook whole chickens in the Crock-Pot, I have a good supply of shredded meat in the freezer. It's tender and moist, and is easily shredded into toddler-safe bites.
5) Diced fruit - bananas, strawberries, apples, peaches - diced fruit is always a big hit! (I usually don't give David banana as a finger food, because it gets absolutely everywhere and somehow turns into something the consistency of spackle.)
6) NutriGrain or similar fruit & cereal bars - I haven't tried these with David yet, but Wendy loved them! I need to find a recipe for them to try to make them at home. Anybody have one?
7) Well-done macaroni with or without sauce - our family eats a lot of pasta, and David already knows that he loves it! I usually cook ours al dente, but for David's sake, I've been trying to make it a bit softer.
8) Shredded cheese - David loves it! But holy cow, does it make a big mess!!
9) Diced hard-boiled egg - a good, inexpensive source of protein.
10) Plain rice cakes - crunchy and satisfying, they make a good between-meals snack for a hungry baby!
Whew!! It took me a long time to come up with a list of ten finger foods. Do you have any suggestions?
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