Finger Foods

For years, my toddlers have lived off of this finger food diet.  Not that I don’t ever cook, but it is not frequent enough.  Plus, they are picky about spices, temperature, texture, and new foods, so I can’t get them to eat most soups or casseroles yet.  And they’re not big meat eaters, usually.  With four toddlers, I need things quick, safe, healthy, and in bulk.  Portable in a bowl or baggie helps!

Most are raw, and most are available in healthy or organic form.  Some are moderately unhealthy or require minimal cooking.  Adjust to your needs as necessary.

Early munchers:

  • cheerios
  • bananas (cut in half long-wise first, then sliced)
  • corn or rice chex
  • pieces of toast (with a little butter or jelly… no honey!)
  • cooked peas, corn, or carrots (diced)
  • grapes (quartered)
  • small pieces of ripe pear
  • graham cracker squares, spritzed with water first if necessary
  • raisins

Older munchers:

  • wholesome bread
  • crackers
  • cereal
  • mini carrots
  • string cheese, diced cheeses
  • dried fruit
  • bagels
  • peanut butter toast (honey ok)
  • frozen pizza, cut up
  • pretzels w/humuus
  • all types of fruit, cut up
  • green beans or squash pieces
  • cucumber
  • granola bars
  • pepperoni
  • mini rice cakes
  • soy nuts, peanuts (vary types so they don’t get allergies)
  • chicken nuggets, fish sticks, turkey sausages
  • tater tots or frozen fries
  • roll ups (tortilla wraps with filling, sliced up)
  • grilled cheese (sometimes you can stick tomato or other healthy things in there)
  • bagel “pizzas” with humuus, tomato sauce and parmesan, or whatever
  • frozen waffles
  • small steamed broccoli florets with asiago sprinkled on top
  • small tortellinis or raviolis (spinach when possible)

Spoon foods:

  • cottage cheese
  • applesauce
  • yogurt
  • macaroni and cheese
  • small pastas
  • fruit cocktail or fruit cups
  • cole slaw (the sweet kind, not vinegary)

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