When it was time for our son to start finger food.. I knew it was an opportunity for me to help him with his fine motor skills, encourage and prepare him for self-feeding and subsequently table food.
I knew finger foods was a fantastic gateway to the world of real foods and another perfect chance to continue advancing his taste buds towards unadulterated wholesome foods.
It was an opportunity for me to connect all his senses with his food, helping him experience the different smells, texture, taste etc.. To see the look on his little face when he saw a carrot and watched his expression from trying to hold the little piece to finalllllllllllllllllllllly getting it into his little mouth, then the realization that though it looked like the other orangey food he had before it tasted completely different was always priceless..
I also knew how tinny his tummy was and the fact that he can only take so many bites a day so I made sure every tiny bite was chockfull of nutrients .
The sky is the limit when it comes to what counts for a homemade finger food depending on how messy you want your life to be and if the food is something baby can easily ‘gum’ down to a swallowable texture or dissolve in the mouth without ‘gum chewing’.
Here are a few of our all-time favorites , we gave our son only homemade finger foods.. It was sometimes not the easiest thing on planet earth especially since there are so many convenient pre-package on the go finger foods but I can tell you it was truly worth the extra efforts of cleaning up a messy baby, house and cars 🙂
- Banana slices
- Avocado slices
- Steam broccoli floret
- Cooked peas
(I always crushed up peas before giving to son)
- Peeled peach chunks
- Shredded cooked chicken
- Cooked lentils
- Cut up cooked brown rice
- Cooked carrots slices
- Small tofu slices
- Soft chapatti pieces (thanks to Priya)
- Cheese slices
- Flakes of cooked fish ( cod, flounder and salmon)
- Steam cauliflower floret
If you want to raise kids with a healthy eating habit it starts with you proving them with healthful foods..
Note.. make sure you cut all finger foods to manageable sizes and as mentioned earlier they are foods that can be easily ‘gum’ chew by baby or it can easily dissolve in baby’s mouth without ‘gum’ chewing. Give foods that your baby has already eaten in pureed form to avoid unexpected allergic reactions.
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This happened today for breakfast, banana blueberries spelt flour pancakes. Okay so we know fresh from scratch meals are more nutritious but let’s not talk about nutrients, let’s focus on taste.
Nothing beats the taste of made from scratch pancakes. …Seriously the moment you make fresh pancakes from scratch is that very moment you are going to stop buying pancake mix or frozen.
I remembered once I tried pancake at a friend and I knew from the very first bit it was from a box even though it was an organic mix. You will see from this recipe how easy it is to make, this took me less than 30 minutes this morning, pancakes are not like cake so you can easily ‘wing’ your way to a yummy meal, to thick add more liquid to light add more flour:)
1 banana mashed
1 egg (Happy pastured)
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 / 4tsp salt
1 cup almond milk ( any will do )
1 / 2 tsp vanilla Pinch of nutmeg ( not necessary but I always use)
1 cup spelt flour
Oil for the griddle
Add all wet ingredients and mix well, add flour and mix just enough, you don’t want to over mix. I don’t mix my blueberries in the batter, I add when it is on the griddle. For this shape and size I use a measuring tablespoon to fry..see previous pic on how it looks on the griddle. I serve with warm maple syrup and banana. And if you really want to take this a set further mill your grains:)
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Wanting to try some new veggies like bok choy, asparagus etc for the baby but no clue on how to cook it? Here is a handy veggie cheat sheet with recommendations on how to cook 20 different varieties.. *Share* with those you love.
Amazing Fall butternut squash pancakes made with our Creamy Yummy butternut squash.
1 heap cup of flour (we used Ezekiel flour made with sprouted grains)
2 happy eggs (organic pastured eggs)
¼ cup almond milk (add more or less base on your consistency)
1 cup Yummy Spoonfuls creamy yummy butternut squash (you can also use sweet potato)
1/8 aluminum free baking powder
A dash of freshly ground Nutmeg or vanilla
Grape seed oil to fry
Toping: Mixed homemade fruit slow cook in raw butter and grade B maple syrup
Did you know that despite our very best intentions, today there are health risks that well-meaning parents inflict on their precious children without being aware of it? The choices we make daily about what we feed our babies may have the potential to harm their tiny little bodies later in life, become a compulsive label reader, do not feed your baby food that you won’t eat, if you have the time cook food for your baby or buy freshly cooked food from Yummy Spoonfuls, remember the importance of food is to nourish the body and not just to fill up so make sure that the foods you are feeding your baby has not been depleted of all nutrients. As Parents we face many issues, but diet and health remains a fundamental priority. After all, feeding our kids is the first, most basic thing we do to raise them right.