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Healthy Finger Foods For Toddlers (25+ Ideas)

Need inspiration for healthy finger foods for toddlers? These toddler picky eater food ideas will help you feed even the choosiest of toddlers!

Let’s face it, the challenges of feeding toddlers can be real. One day they like something, the next they hate it. Finding foods for picky toddlers can be so draining!

But, you still want to make sure they’re eating healthy, even if they won’t finish their peas and you don’t just want to serve them only chicken finger food for toddlers.

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, these healthy finger foods for toddlers will help.

Or, if you need more specific snacks, using sweet potato for baby finger food can be explored in so many ways, for toddlers too!

Eggplant fries on baking sheet

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, but you want to make sure you’re serving them safe and nutritious options.

Plus, I try to model intuitive eating as a mom so my daughters can have a positive relationship with food! I share more about this in my post about intuitive eating for kids as well. 

So, we’re sharing several options of finger food recipes for toddlers to help you reduce the stress of finding the perfect recipe to feed your child.

Making Healthy Finger Foods For Toddlers

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

In my experience, this makes it more likely that they will actually eat something, especially if they are fun finger foods.

Good finger foods for toddlers are awesome because toddlers enjoy being mobile and walking around holding their food and we also have several toddler snack ideas

I love crusting things in flax seed, breadcrumbs or even quinoa (check out these quinoa recipes for toddlers) because they add extra nutrients, a crunchy coating and make it more fun. 

Healthy finger foods for toddlers made into animals and shapes

Finger Food Ideas for Baby Led Feeding

Typically, you’ll try to include “healthy” foods and ingredients in finger foods. Sweet potatoes are one of our favorite finger foods for BLW because baby led weaning sweet potatoes are so easy and variable!

All of these ideas work for babies, as finger food snacks for 1 year old, finger foods for 2 year old and all kids in general.

Many of these are also good road trip foods because they can hold and eat these without making too much of a mess. Again, portable finger foods being the key idea.

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

Make sure to follow food safety tips for infants and toddlers when serving food, like making sure eggs, meat and seafoods are cooked thoroughly and avoiding raw, unpasteurized foods and ingredients. 

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

Furthermore, they can be soft, mushy and low in added sugars. 

Finger Foods For Picky Toddlers

Is your toddler picky about what he/she will eat? Many babies and toddlers go through these phases, but we have plenty of ideas for finger foods for picky toddlers, including partyish foods.  

  • Firstly, know that 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.
  • 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!
  • 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 these toddler finger food recipes will appeal to even the pickiest of eaters and many are some of the best finger foods for baby led weaning. 

Sweet potatoes were our favorite food for our baby led weaning foods at 9 months, and they continue to be popular today. 

These sweet potato recipes for toddlers are also weekly staples for us!

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

Tasty Toddler Finger Food Recipes

Whether you need some high protein finger foods, healthy fish sticks, or healthy vegetarian finger foods for 1 year old for toddlers, this list should get you started.

And don’t forget you can always make extra to freeze – for a more complete list of freezable foods for toddlers, check out toddler friendly freezer recipes.

Finger Foods For Toddlers

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