Kid food can seem way too healthy and green but it’s all done so they grow up with a healthy body. One thing for sure though, kids today are definitely healthier than most adults! Once toddlers have mastered their pincer grasps (picking up items using the thumb and index finger), they can eat finger food on their own with adult supervision!
Finger food is not difficult to prepare and parents just need to remember that when it comes to finger food, make sure the food is cut into appropriate sizes for toddlers!
So what finger food should parents prepare for the hungry toddlers?
Eggs are one of the first food toddlers recognize and is a good source of protein. The eggs can be soft boiled or boiled, made into an omelette or made into an egg mayo sandwich. If soft boiled eggs are served, cut bread into strips so toddlers can dip it into the egg yolk. Some kids do not like eating eggs so for another source of protein, they can have…
2. Milk and milk products
Other than getting protein from milk, toddlers can eat yogurt, cheese sticks or cheese slices. They will also get a good dose of calcium for healthy bones and teeth. Make sure the cheese sticks or cheese slices are cut small enough to avoid choking.
3. Carrot and cucumber sticks
Carrots and cucumbers make good finger food too because they can be sliced into long strips. The vege sticks can be paired with dipping such as hummus, cream cheese or yogurt to cut out the ‘green’ taste.
4. Broccoli and cauliflower florets
The shape and size of the florets are perfect for toddler hands to grip and hold. It’s even better that they provide your toddler with good fibres and lots of vitamins! It’s best to steam the broccoli and cauliflowers to retain the nutrients but you can occasionally have them roasted as well.
5. Cherry tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes should be halved or quartered so that toddlers don’t accidentally choke while eating. These little red fruits contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that protects the eyes, cell growth and improves heart health.
Bananas are rich in potassium and iron. The bananas can be sliced or sectioned so toddlers can pick them up easily. They can also be paired with their favourite pancakes.
Cold water fish such as salmon, trout and halibut are easy to chew. These fishes also provide your toddler with DHA, an important fatty acid for brain development in the first 24 months of life. Parents can serve the fish steamed or broiled (without salt if the baby is under 12 months). The meat should be cut into small pieces or separated into flakes.
8. Tender meat
Make sure the meat is cooked until it’s tender and soft. Again, the meat should be cut into small pieces. A good start will be ground meat in meatballs and burgers because the texture is softer.
The toddler can now enjoy avocados with mummy! While avocados can be soft, remember to cut it into cubes or mashed as spread. Avocado is the only fruit with good monosaturated fat! It also contains a chockful of vitamins and minerals such as the B-vitamins, vitamin K, potassium, copper, vitamin E and C.
10. Good old green peas or edamame
Adults may not like green peas much but toddlers love the texture of these tiny round balls. The peas can be steamed, boiled or simply served frozen. Frozen peas are also soothing for babies who are teething. If parents want to switch it up, they can offer edamame to the kids.
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