There’s nothing quite as exciting as a baby’s transition into solid food – especially for those of us who enjoy cooking. Babies taste buds are very malleable when they’re young so it’s a fantastic time to expose them to fresh produce (take advantage to instill healthy habits!). However, as hard as you might try to feed them the best and healthiest, there’s no way to shield our kids from the Nachos and chocolate they see in school and on the playground. Unfortunately whether adult or child, we’re all naturally wired to love sugar (and most of us have a natural affinity for salt as well…), so slim to none are the little ones who don’t gravitate to pre-packaged finger foods. Sure they’re quick and easy for us to give our babies, but they’re completely devoid of nutritional value and babies also have a tough time digesting them. Do not start bad habits that you will regret later!
Do your best to keep your little ones occupied with healthy finger foods. In fact, it’s incredibly important to give your babies bite-sized snacks. Not only is it an opportunity to shape their taste buds, but it will help develop their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills as they figure out how to use their thumbs and forefingers to pick up the food.
If you’re too busy to whip up something from scratch – don’t worry – there are plenty of healthy options for on-the-go moms. Here’s a look at some favorites! Just place a non-breakable plate in front of your child with a few pieces.
Slightly mashed berries or bananas (to ease the digestion and prevent chocking).
Chopped fruits like apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, avocado (cut them in chunks and peel them).
Shredded chicken or any other soft meat.
Cut up pasta.
Cooked quinoa, beans, or lentils.
Soft pieces of crust-less bread.
Chopped hard boiled egg.
Slightly mashed veggies like cooked peas, sweet potatoes, and carrots.
Low calorie small shaped cereal like Cheerios.
Pretty easy, huh?