10 On-the go-Finger Foods To Make Snacking Healthier For Toddlers

We bring you 10 on- the-go finger foods from various texture groups which you can introduce during your childs first year, to get him to eat his food served, in any form. Paneer Cube A good food option on a no-milk day, serve them directly without frying or fry them till golden brown- with this kids will get to explore two different textures crunchy from outside and crumbing soft from inside. Image Source: www.pinterest.com Crunchy munchy texture 1. Try the Puffed rice or Murmura which is another great option if you dont want to give the packed foods yet or try out this crunchy home made Granola barsImage Source: www.bhavyascusine.wordpress.comImage Source: www.a-kitchen-addiction.com 2. Image Source: healthmeup.com You can also make cucumber cups by scooping the middle seeds portion of the cucumber and fillingl it up with the dip ( to encourage your toddler to take small bites).
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You must have heard a lot about the important food groups that you should include in your child’s daily diet but when it comes to establishing good food habits in a toddler food texture have an important role to play. Often I hear moms of 3 year olds complaining how their child is a picky eater and will  only eat if the food is mashed or pureed – this is clearly because he dislikes other food textures. We bring you 10 on- the-go finger foods from various texture groups which you can introduce during  your child’s first year, to get him to eat his food served, in any form. Soft – Smooth texture 1. Cheese slice: An old favorite amongst kids, easier to carry and no-mess guaranteed. cheese slices for kids_kidsstoppress Image Source:www.parentdish.ca 2. Paneer Cube ­ A good food option on a no-milk day, serve them directly without frying or fry them till golden brown- with this kids will get to explore two different textures crunchy from outside and crumbing soft from inside. Yummy! Image Source: goingcavewoman.com 3. Mashed Potatoes: We love it for its just so easy to make this. Boil the potato properly , mash it with fork , grate some cheese on top. If you have an option of Purple Yam and sweet potato then you could try those too. Image Source: 365barrington.com 4. Fruit sticks: Diced bananas, watermelons, strawberry, peaches , papaya all arranged on a stick makes a tasty and  colorful combination for those curious eyes. Have you tried the Apple Stew yet ? Babies have a natural liking for this fruit dish. Image Source: todayiatearainbow.com Lumpy texture 1. Pasta: mixed with small cubes of steamed green and red veggies,tossed with a bit of  salad dressing , is a great way to introduce the soft lumpy textures to toddlers. Macaroni, spagehetti, bow- shaped, shell- shaped all these fun shaped pastas appeal to kids of all ages. Instead of pastas made of maida, opt for the wheat pasta or organic pastas(availale in animal shapes too)  for babies. kid friendly pasta_kidsstoppress Image Source: www.pinterest.com Crunchy –munchy texture 1. Steamed Veggies: Cut long strips of beans, carrots,zucchini and steam them till they are  soft enough for your baby to chew. Don’t just serve them bland, sprinkle just a pinch of salt and pepper for taste . Cooked peas is another tasty green food for babies , which also helps them in practicing pincer grip . Finger foods for Toddlers Steamed Veggies Image Source: vegrecipesofindia.com 2. Makhanas: Rich in calcium, kids love these white balls made crunchy by roasting them slightly in ghee, tossed in salt and pepper. makhana_kidsstoppress Image Source: www.mydiversekitchen.com 3. Dry fruits/Nuts Rough – Grainy texture 1. Mini rice idlisEspecially when you are travelling, Idlis is one food you are surely going to find in your hotel’s breakfast menu or at a stop -over restaurant. Image Source: mycreativeflavors.com 2. Brown bread toast: is another on- the go  rough- textured food that kids enjoy eating on their own. Image Source: swissgourmessa.com Crispy – Chewy texture 1. Cheerios/Gerber puffs: Well these are available in various fruit flavours and brands at a supermarket in your area, but we advise these only when you are tarvelling and time-pressed . It is always best to serve home-made freshly prepared food for the little tummies . Try the Puffed rice or Murmura which is another great option if you don’t want to give the packed foods yet  or try out this crunchy home made Granola bars   murmura_kidsstoppress Image Source: www.bhavyascusine.wordpress.com granola bars for kids_kidsstoppress Image Source: www.a-kitchen-addiction.com 2. Chewing sticks or biscuitsare  good for babies who do not have teeth yet.   Image Source: amazon.com Mix and match texture 1. Cucumber strip with hung curd dip or hummus: This one is a slightly messy choice but babies will enjoy licking this yummy curd dip as they bite into the thinly sliced cucumber strips.  A cup of hung curd mixed with another cup of fresh cream, salt and pepper is all it takes to make the curd dip. If you have freshly made hummus then it works well too. Image Source: healthmeup.com You can also make cucumber cups by scooping the middle seeds portion of the cucumber and fillingl it up with the dip ( to encourage your  toddler to take small bites).

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