Top 12 finger food for your baby!

The more variety in texture and flavour that you introduce early-on (as early as six months!), the more likely your child will grow to love a variety of foods and develop a wide palate. With this in mind, don’t be afraid to add things like garlic, ginger, herbs, and even small amounts of some mild spices (such as mild curry) to naturally season your baby’s food. But babies do not need a lot of added flavour, and they should not be having any added sodium (salt) or sugar–it’s important that they learn to love the natural flavours of foods, not to mention that their little kidneys aren’t equipped to handle these additives.Here is Top 12 finger food for your baby!

1.Watermelon Cubes

Sweet, delicious watermelon is the perfect finger food.  It is easy to chew for those toddlers who don’t have many teeth yet.  We have a really great method for cutting watermelon for you!Watermelon is the least contaminated fruit with pesticides.

2.Mini egg muffins

These are the perfect protein filled finger food!  This recipe makes six servings, but most muffin tins have 12 spots. Help your child figure out how to double the recipe and fill the whole pan. The philosophy behind Baby Led Feeding is simply that cooking and eating both should be delicious fun. With healthy, refined sugar free and nutritious bite sized meals babies can feed themselves, it creates a positive relationship with food, right from the very start.

3.Cauliflower Tots

This is a perfect finger food for toddlers –  once they have a bite, they will definitely be asking for more!  They probably won’t even realize they are eating cauliflower!Cauliflower is a good source of folate, which plays a key part in the formation of new cells in the body. It also helps to keep red blood cells strong. 

4.Tuna Cakes

By combining the canned fish with a few simple ingredients you can make a delicious burger in a matter of minutes—one that packs more health benefits than a beef or turkey version. Another bonus to the tuna burger: Tuna is a great source of omega-3 fatty acid, which supports muscle growth, helps cut your risk for heart disease, and boasts anti-inflammatory properties.

5.Meatballs:

By definition, meatballs contain ground meat, whether all one kind or a combination that may include beef, pork, lamb, chicken and turkey; a binder to hold the ingredients together, such as bread crumbs and eggs; and herbs, seasonings or vegetables to add depths of flavor. Additional but optional elements might include toppings and sauces, such as tomato sauce, ketchup or cheese.

6.Sliced Ripe Pear

They have a lot of fiber content, and the antioxidants present in them help to fight against many health problems improving immunity.The high content of anti-oxidants like vitamin C and copper helps in boosting the immune system of the body to fight against various diseases.

7.Peanut butter

Spread natural peanut butter on whole grain crackers (that are free of added salt and sugar) and top with sliced banana.Peanut butter contains a substance called p-coumaric acid which helps in offsetting the damage done to cells associated with cardiovascular diseases. Also, peanut butter contains more unsaturated fat than saturated fat making it a fat friendly food which lowers the risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease.

8.Fruit Sushi

Sushi is a “dish” rather than a single ingredient, it is important to consider all of the parts when talking about nutrition. the delicious nature of sushi, don’t be tricked into thinking that you are only consuming a small amount of calories and gorge yourself on these bite-sized pieces.Fruit Sushi is a fun way to eat fruits for the young and old. Think fresh fruits and then think chocolate sauce! It can be eaten as a meal or as a “healthy” dessert. I’ve combined amazing fruits with great nutritional value such as bananas, kiwi, strawberry and clementine.

9.Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cups

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal Cups are perfect for an easy and healthy breakfast throughout the week! … Plus, these oatmeal cups make a super easy breakfast to take on the go. To make these baked oatmeal cups, you’ll mix together some old-fashioned rolled oats, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and a little salt.

10.Roasted Squash Cubes

Roasted Squash cubes  is one of the most popular winter squash vegetables.This squash cultivated under warmer climates of South and Central American regions for their edible fruits, flowers, as well as seeds.Botanically, it belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family of field pumpkins; probably originated in the Central American region. Often in the markets, they may identify as giant pear-shaped, golden-yellow pumpkins instead of squash.These are packed with nutrient dense ingredients and are easy to grab and go!

10.Cooked Beans or Lentils

Beans and lentils are an essential part of any healthful diet. The federal government recommends about half a cup a day of beans, counting them as both a protein and a vegetable since they have the best of both worlds. Beans are excellent sources of fiber, folate, plant protein, plant iron, vitamin B1, and minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and copper, all while being naturally low in sodium.

11.Shredded Chicken 

Shredded chicken is a rich source of protein that can be used as a diet-friendly alternative to pulled pork, as it is low in fat and has a similar consistency. Although shredded chicken is leaner than other meat sources, it is not fat-free and does contain carbohydrates, so it may not be suitable for all diets. Be sure to asses local nutrition facts when available, as different recipes may yield altered nutritional values.

12.Cheesy Broccoli Bites 

These yummy cheesy broccoli bites are low carb and also gluten free. Using almond meal keeps the carbs low and still tastes great.  Perfect for a snack or an appetizer.  I made these using frozen broccoli but I have also made these with fresh steamed broccoli in the past. Super good! Also a great way to get kids to eat their veggies.Broccoli is such a super healthy veggie that is rich in fiber and loaded with vitamins. 

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