Toddler Finger Food Suggestions
Finger sandwiches - peanut butter, almond spread, cream cheese, cheese spread; all these sandwiches are quick and easy to make and a good source of protein. Try to buy the natural peanut butter without sugar or hydrogenated oils. Try almond spread for kids with peanut allergies. Cheese sandwiches provide the calcium that a lot of toddlers are missing out on. Or do like the Aussies do and try a vegemite sandwich. It takes getting used to, but it's high in vitamin B.
Cut up pieces of fruit - pears, apples, pineapple, peaches. Don't worry if your toddler hates the skin, peel away. And you can always bring a simple banana.
Dried fruit - raisins, prunes, apricots are all great, but be careful since dried fruits are high in sugar. My mom always called dried fruit "nature's candy."
Dried cereal - the healthier the better. Toasted O's such as Cheerios are a real life saver when you're on the go. Remember to avoid the sugar coated cereals.
Chunks of cheese - easy to eat.
Mini bagels - complex carbohydrate, soft and yummy.
Well cooked pasta - shells, macaroni, etc. Add a little salt and some olive oil to keep it from sticking. Store them in ziplock bags and grab them when you're on the go.
Yogurt and fruit
Cottage cheese and applesauce
Fruit breads, corn bread
Sunflower seeds (for older toddlers) and dried fruit
Just remember, be prepared when you go out and keep it simple and nutritious. You and your toddler will both be happier.
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