This post is specifically for moms like me, who get so tired of trying to figure out what healthy finger foods we can feed our kids. I am not opposed to occasionally giving my son Gold Fish or Circus Animals, but that cannot make up his entire diet. Maybe I am the crazy mom, but in nursery on Sunday I am giving my son craisins instead of the marshmallows that all the other kids are eating. Why does he need to eat marshmallows for a snack? I know they are finger friendly, but seriously, there are other options.
My son is not really a picky kid and eats a lot of things, it is just me that lacks creativity. So I set out on a hunt for things that I can give him, that he can eat by himself and I actually feel good giving it to him for a snack or meal. Plus, finger foods usually mean less to clean off your kids… not like spaghetti which seems to get into every nook and cranny on your kids clothes, face, hands arms and somehow on their toes.
Hopefully this gives you some good finger food ideas that you haven’t thought of, and maybe even gives you some ideas of your own (if so I would love to hear them!). I won’t swear off cheerios, but adding a few other foods helps balance out my son’s diet, and besides, if am hoping that if I start him off healthy then it will continue that way.
Blueberries with Corn Flakes
This is seriously probably my sons favorite finger food. He goes gaga over it, especially the blueberries! We usually give him about 1/4 a cup of each, but that will vary depending on the age of your child, and how much they normally eat.
Apples with Cheese
Admittedly, my son doesn’t actually like cheese, but I know tons of other kids who do! Apples are a nice combo (and my son does like these on most days). Although I normally leave the peel on our apples, I usually remove it, just until my son’s molars finish growing in.
Grapes and Pretzels
Depending on the age of your child, you may want to cut the grapes in half, or even quarters. You should also try to look for low-fat or low-sodium pretzels.
Cherries with Popcorn
Popcorn is a great way to get whole grains into your kids! Just be sure to remove any kernels that didn’t pop. Halved or quartered cherries are a nice soft fruit that also contribute a bit fiber for those little tummies.
Raspberries and Whole Wheat Waffles
These waffles are just mini versions of my Chocolate Whole Wheat Waffles, which my son absolutely loves! And I don’t feel bad giving them to him since they are whole grain. Raspberries are also a great option for healthful and yummy snacks.
Some of my ideas (which I have not tried yet) include:
- Peas and Noodles
- Black Beans (my son does love black beans!) with Ham
- Acorn Squash and Craisins
- Eggs and Avocado