In a world where Gerber has swept the market on infant finger foods, many who want to shift to a healthier and more whole perspective on feeding those sensitive little tummies can be at a lost as they stand in the grocery store aisles. Loaded with unknown ingredients and heavy on the processed grains, most quick choices are nothing more than frightening.
But there are many other options for you new nibbler that are not only real and healthy, but also convenient and affordable.
Peas. Peas are such a simple and obvious choice. They are the perfect size and turn into mush in the mouth. It is almost as they were developed just for babies. Purchasing frozen peas can also be a great option for when your little one is dealing with teething. Gnawing on this iced cold real food is a soothing, safe and healthy choice.
Lentils. A lesser thought of item, but just as wonderful as peas, lentils are small and soft. Not to mention, a great source of whole protein for those who are still staying away from meat. Half the size of peas and twice the nutrition, lentils should be a staple in every transitioning diet.
Apples. Often overlooked because of the tough skin and harder fruit, apples are actually a great choice for new eaters. When skinned and diced to pea-size, they are a unique texture that will really help stimulate your child’s senses. If you are still a little worried about giving a harder food to your tot, try boiling them or zapping them in the microwave (watch closely, they can burn!). Cool completely and these become a nutrient-rich soft food that can also help push through the peas and lentils from the day before.
Sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are another excellent food to bring about whole nutrition while adding new textures to the senses. To take them from baby food to finger food, cut them into cubes rather than mashing them. Change things up a little by sprinkling on some cinnamon for added flavor and health boosts.
Cucumbers. A summer favorite, cucumbers make another safe addition to the sensual pallet of new foods. Cut into pea-sized bits, they are easy to chew. Because of their slipperiness, they will also keep your little one’s fine motor skills working out as they try to chase them all over the plate.
When it comes right down to it, any food that you are whipping up for yourself can easily be turned into a finger food for you new eater. Get adventurous and your child’s senses are sure to love the wild new world of table foods. Skip the expensive additives of the baby food aisle and shoot for giving your child the best as they embark on their big kid transition!