About a month ago I realized that Joseph was not getting much variety in his food, and it also seemed that he might be ready for larger amounts. Sometimes I just get in a rut and forget that babies’ needs change very rapidly the first year. I started giving him bigger portions and began offering more table food (rather than boring pureed fruit, vegetables and meats that I had been giving him).
He has been loving the new flavors and textures! He hasn’t had anything with much heat yet, but he does seem to enjoy a little spice in his food. Good thing, because we’re all about the spices around here- no bland health food at our house.
I was still struggling to come up with ideas for finger foods. I’m not very creative, but I think it was mostly that I’ve been way more lazy in the baby food department with our second child:)
So I just poked around the internet and found some good ideas to add some healthy finger foods to Joe’s meals.
- Cooked chick peas- they naturally split in half which makes it easy to squish a few onto the highchair tray, popping them in half so he won’t choke.
- Any cooked bean- I’m getting him used to beans early! I cut bigger beans (like kidney and pinto) in half.
- Sweet potato fries- I’ve been making large batches and freezing them for later use.
- Cut up soft fresh fruit, like banana, avocado and mango- If a piece is too slippery he learned he can just put his head down and slurp it off the tray! Some people dust slippery foods with powdered wheat germ or oats but I’m too lazy to do that.
- Diced cheese- He just loves cheese! What can I say? He is his mother’s son.
- Diced cooked vegetables, like carrots and green beans- He’s not picky (yet). He’ll eat pretty much whatever I put in front of him.
- Spinach bites!-I mentioned these in the last weekend reading post and they’re definitely a big favorite here. I can see them being a regular offering for quite a while.
- Scrambled eggs-I know, I know, don’t give a baby whole egg until he’s a year old. I personally introduce whole eggs (pastured) to my babies around 9 months. So far they’re alive.
- Bits of chicken or beef- I like to give him bits of meat that have been slow cooked so that the meat is soft and easily mashed by little teeth/gums.
- Brown rice-Yup, he likes to squish around and eat brown rice. I put salt and pepper on it and he just chows down.
These things aren’t earth shatteringly original or creative, but it’s keeping Joseph happy and fed for now.
- Most of these things can be prepared ahead in large batches and frozen or refrigerated until needed.
- I keep several spices (cinnamon, pepper, cumin, oregano) close to the highchair so I can sprinkle some on Joseph’s finger foods. I want him to enjoy flavor!
What finger foods do you give your babies? Do you add spices to your baby's food?
This post is a part of Real Food Wednesday hosted by KellytheKitchenKop.