Guest Post: Toddler Bites from Weelicious

This is a guest post from Catherine McCord, author of Weelicious.

Toddler Foods

I’m thrilled to be guest posting for Lisa as nothing makes me happier than real food!

I started Weelicious six years ago after the birth of my son when I couldn’t find any interesting homemade baby food recipes online or information on how to actually get kids to become great eaters from day one. Then as the baby food stage quickly disappeared I found myself in the abyss of wondering how to feed my toddler. Like many moms I was scared of him choking, needing an epi-pen if he tasted peanut butter, or not getting enough nutrition when feeding himself.

What do you feed new eaters transitioning from purees to solid foods? It was actually a lot easier than I thought. First, he could eat almost everything my husband and I were eating, just in much smaller bites and portions. I tried my hardest to avoid sugar and salt in his recipes until he was 18 months and then added sweeteners and sodium in small amounts. I really wanted both of my kids to fall in love with the natural flavors of food instead of the enhancers.

Chicken Nuggets 2

Many popular finger foods that kids love can be easily made at home so you know exactly what’s going into your child’s food and their body. Some of my family’s favorites are: Chicken Nuggets, Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf Bites, Animal Crackers, Whole Wheat Cheddar Crackers.

Whole Wheat Cheddar Wafers

Sometimes it helps to present foods in new ways to get your little ones interested in eating them. Like forming rice around cheese in these Mexican Rice Balls, or presenting broccoli in a new and very flavorful way with these Broccoli Cheese Patties, or even freezing peas and greens in ice pop form! That’s right, I said it, freeze greens and peas in popsicle molds for a refreshing and super healthy treat. Try these adorable Pea Wee Kiwi Pops or Green Ice Pops.

Here are a few more favorite recipes that are perfect finger foods for toddlers.

Cocodate Cookies
Chicken on a Stick
Baby Fritattas
Pesto to mix into rice, quinoa or pasta

Toddler Bites

If you’re having trouble introducing your little one to new foods, I’ve got some ideas to help!

You certainly don’t need to spend lots of time in the kitchen to prepare finger foods for your growing toddler. All the recipes listed above are easy to make, and most can be frozen so you always have them on hand. For those times when you just don’t have to time to do anything, here are some finger foods that can be served to your toddler as is, or with minimal tweaks and preparation:

Toddler Finger Foods

  1. Toast Bites (whole-wheat toast bread and cut or tear into bite-sized chunks)
  2. Bites of Ripe Fruits (mango, apple, peach, pineapple, berries, etc)
  3. Whole Wheat Bagels – these make great teethers, too!
  4. Frozen Peas
  5. Cubed Tofu
  6. Cooked Beans
  7. Cheese Cubes
  8. Edamame
  9. Spoonful of Nut or Seed Butter
  10. Cooked Bite-Sized Pasta
  11. Steamed Vegetables (such as cauliflower, broccoli, carrots or corn) sprinkled with Toasted Sesame Seeds
  12. Chopped Boiled Eggs or Scrambled Eggs
  13. Cubed Chicken
  14. Whole-Grain Rice Cakes
  15. Cooked Salmon
  16. Slightly over cooked Brown Rice (makes it easier to stick to little hands)

PeaWee Kiwi Pops

Please share your favorite healthy toddler food with us in the comments below!

Posts may contain affiliate links. If you purchase a product through an affiliate link, your cost will be the same but 100 Days of Real Food will automatically receive a small commission. Your support is greatly appreciated and helps us spread our message!

46 thoughts on “Guest Post: Toddler Bites from Weelicious”

  1. we wouldn’t believe what i found, Name Brand, Popular shoes in Toddler sizes for way below retail price on EBAY. find your toddler his or her favorite pair on EBAY

  2. I was curious if you ever thought of changing the page layout of your blog?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.
    But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better.

    Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one
    or two pictures. Maybe you could space it out

  3. Great post, I have a toddler who is a fussy eater so it’s great to come across ideas of different food for him to try. Will check out all the ideas.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Pay what you can: $̶5̶7̶