25+ Finger Foods For Toddlers with Fruits and Veggies

  Feb 13, 2020  |  #baby led weaning

Need inspiration for healthy finger foods for toddlers? These toddler finger food recipes will help you feed even the pickiest of toddlers!

Let’s face it, the challenges of feeding toddlers can be real. One day they like something, the next they hate it.

But, you still want to make sure they’re eating healthy, even if they won’t finish their peas. So, what do you do?

START WITH HEALTHY FINGER FOODS!

Healthy finger foods are a great place to start with toddlers because they have the ability to grab and grasp onto foods.

Serving french toast to a baby for baby led weaning

It’s a really neat concept watching your little one start to feed themselves. It makes you feel all the happy feels as a parent. 

Toddlers like the autonomy of being able to “hold” their own food and do with it what they please.

Fish sticks, meatballs, veggie sticks – these are all great options for healthy finger foods for babies and finger food ideas for kids. Easy to hold and they are providing nutrition!

Eggplant fries on baking sheet

I’m sharing several options, galore, to help you reduce the stress for finding the perfect recipe to feed your child.

And let’s be honest, finger foods for kids are just as popular because they enjoy being mobile and walking around holding their food. 

THESE WORK FOR BABY LED FEEDING TOO!

Whether you’re doing baby led weaning or just need some plain ole’ good finger foods for toddlers, these will help. 

Many finger foods for babies and toddlers include necessary fruits and veggies in them, so you don’t have to stress and scramble for finding additional ways to add those healthy foods in.

So, let’s get to some of these healthy finger food ideas for kids.

TASTY TODDLER FINGER FOOD RECIPES

Whether you need some high protein finger foods or just general healthy finger food ideas for toddlers, this list should get you started.

I love also using these as healthy finger foods for baby, especially if they are soft, mushy and low in added sugars. 

Finger Foods For Toddlers

Healthy finger food ideas for toddlers and high protein finger food ideas - vegetarian, vegan and meat-based!

Vegetarian and Vegan Toddler Finger Foods

Whether you want some vegetarian finger foods or toddlers or vegan toddler finger foods, these options will satisfy your plant-based little ones.

Finger Foods for Picky Toddlers

These finger foods for babies and toddlers are naturally sweetened with fruit and offer a fun snack idea for even the pickiest of eaters

WHAT ABOUT FINGER FOODS FOR PICKY TODDLERS?

Is your toddler picky about what he/she will eat? Many babies and toddlers go through these phases.

You’re not doing anything wrong. The best thing you can do is keep offering foods.

Don’t feel too discouraged if you are sick of chicken finger food for toddlers. We have some other options!

sweet potato chicken nuggets side angle

WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR PICKY EATERS?

You can try serving foods in different ways (baked/fried/pureed/raw/cooked) and see if one is more preferable to another. 

For example, try mashed sweet potatoes one day, and then bake them into fries another. You could also serve them diced on another occasion.

Same food, just different textures and different presentations!

Sweet potatoes were our favorite healthy finger food for our 9 month old, and they continue to be popular today. 

Roasted parsnip fries on a plate seasoned with garlic and turmeric next to baking sheet | Bucket List Tummy

Another tip is to pair a food they like and know with a new(er) food. This provides them a sense of familiarity, rather than everything being new and thrown at them at once. 

Several of the above recipes will appeal to even the pickiest of eaters and many are some of the best finger foods for baby led weaning. 

MORE FINGER FOODS FOR BABIES AND TODDLERS, RECIPES & IDEAS

Healthy finger foods for toddlers made into animals and shapes

  • baked/sauteed fruits (bananas, apples, peaches, mango)
  • cutting any vegetable into a “fry” shape and coating it with bread crumbs/parmesan cheese
  • string cheese
  • grapes or tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
  • french toast or pancakes (made with oat flour or whole wheat flour)
  • healthy baby muffins
  • whole wheat toast, cut into strips
  • whole wheat or bean based pastas
  • hummus or guacamole
  • potatoes
  • cucumber slices
  • asparagus 
  • green beans
  • parsnips or carrot fries
  • hard boiled eggs
  • avocado strips
  • peas (frozen or fresh) or edamame
  • vegetable chips/sticks

finger foods for toddlers with text overlay

 

WANT MORE BABY LED WEANING AND TODDLER FOOD IDEAS?

Check this post out for more healthy toddler snack ideas, which has some fantastic ideas for sneaking in fruits and veggies. 

 

Tell me,

What foods does your baby/toddler especially love? Camryn was big on asparagus, but now it’s grape tomatoes, blueberries and raspberries!

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