I need some healthy finger food ideas.

Jill - posted on 08/18/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I have a 1 year old, so I need ideas for foods that can be gummed. He's not good with taking small bites either. Anything that can be cut up small.

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you can give him any solid food like anything you eat as long as its not too salty or have lots of sugar just make sure its small enough for him that he doesnt choke. Hope that helps.

Jill - posted on 08/21/2009

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Quoting Jill:

I need some healthy finger food ideas.

I have a 1 year old, so I need ideas for foods that can be gummed. He's not good with taking small bites either. Anything that can be cut up small.


Thanks for all of the ideas! I recently found an idea to dust banana pieces (or other soft fruits) in crushed graham crackers and wheat germ. I am looking for more creative recipes like that. Something very nutritious yet yummy and easy to eat with the hands.

Dawn - posted on 08/20/2009

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We tried blueberries last night and both my boys loved them!!! They ate almost a whole container between them. The baby liked them too because they felt good on his teeth that are coming in.

As far as what to pack for lunch, Chanequa, how about Lunchables or the equivalent that you make yourself? It's just cut up cheese, bologna (or whatever thicker cut lunchmeat) and crackers. They have a juice box and cookies or gummy something with them too. I make my own, because I prefer fruit to the cookies or candy. You could also go with a cold macaroni salad made with rotini, so it's a little easier for him to pick up with his fingers. Just a couple of suggestions. Hope they help.

Chanequa - posted on 08/19/2009

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My son is the same - whatever we give him, he shoves the entire thing in his mouth. So we have to cut everything up. His favorite foods are turkey meatloaf, sweet potato fries, strawberries, bananas, peaches, cheerios, goldfish, and teddy grahams. He also likes the Happy Baby chicken bites. And a few days ago, he started eating rice and peas (with his hands).

I've got a related question - in two weeks he'll be starting a PMO program and we have to send his lunch. We've been accustomed to serving him warm food at lunch. I'd appreciate any ideas for lunch meals that he can feed himself.

Dawn - posted on 08/19/2009

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We like cucumbers, peaches, plums, grapes (cut in quarters), chicken nuggets, fish sticks and string cheese. My youngest is 14 months and he's been eating these foods for quite some time. He just started with cherry or grape tomatoes (I can never remember if this gets an e or not!) as well. Hope this helps!

Monique - posted on 08/19/2009

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My little one is the same way - prefers to have his mouth so full he has to hold the food in with his hands! Here are some things that have worked for us: zucchini bread (I used 1/2 whole wheat flour, applesauce for part of the oil and 1/2 the sugar called for and omitted the nuts - he LOVES it). Homemade coconut chicken nuggets (chicken breasts, dredged in flour, egg then a wheat bran coconut mix and fried in olive oil - also great to freeze). Falafel.

Heather - posted on 08/18/2009

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My little man eats everything so i'm not in this place but, i like beans they are high in protein, banana not a choking hazard, and any veggie that can be chopped up and steamed to practical mush, these all work well. good luck!

Crystal - posted on 08/18/2009

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Try this new baby safe feeder thats out. you can put fruits and whatever you want inside. then give it to your child to bit on. take a look at it. go to babiesrus.com and seach baby safe feeder..it works really well. and lets your child try new things and get full at the same tim.

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