Guilty pleasures: I eat my kid’s food sometimes! Shhhh!
That’s because I do prepare food that’s really yummy and healthy! And I take pride from this by eating what I prepare for my daughter LOL.
Kidding aside, mealtime may really come as a challenge to us moms. I seriously hate mealtimes! My daughter is not exactly a great eater (if there’s such a word). She would squirm when fed and lose all interest in her food halfway through her meal.
But a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do!
So I explored different variants of food. I discovered that apart from that she loves sweet and buttery recipes, she seems to enjoy picking up her own food! I’ve noticed that she eats more when she gets to hold the food on her own.
According to her pedia, who also happens to be a nutritionist, this is a great way to train your baby to self-feed. Kids between 10 and 18 months are starting to be more curious with their food, which is why it’s important to introduce good eating habits at this time. I know, it can be messy. But letting her touch her food and letting her participate will make her love and enjoy mealtimes more.
Here’s a list of some of the finger foods I usually prepare for my daughter:
- Sweet potatoes
I found out that the white ones (orange on the inside) are sweeter and tastier than the purple ones (white on the inside). I usually boil them, slice then into bite sizes and top them with a little butter.
- Buttered carrots
I cook long slices of carrots with some water, 2 tbsp butter, small amounts of brown sugar, and salt and pepper. I serve this to my daughter for breakfast or as a side dish to her lunch. It’s so yummy!
- Cheese Roll Ups
I take one piece of sliced white bread (teysti LOL), remove the sides, flatten it with a spoon, put a slice of cheddar cheese on top (the ones you use for burgers) and then roll it tightly. I dip the rolls into a bowl of beaten eggs and fry them in butter or Canola oil or vegetable oil. My husband loves this, too!
- Egg Cups
With egg cups, I get to squeeze some veggies into my daughter’s system without fuss (bwahaha)! Put some chopped bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes and cheese into a 6-cup muffin pan. Beat five pieces of eggs and pour into each cup. Then bake at 150 degrees Celsius for 12 to 15 minutes (make sure to preheat your oven to 150 degrees Celsius first).
- Frozen Banana Yogurt
Teething babies love frozen food because it soothes their gums. Slice one whole banana into small pieces and dip each bite-size into strawberry yogurt. Line them across a small plate (small spaces in between) and put in the freezer for at least an hour.
- Cerelac Nutripuffs
My daughter loves Cerelac Nutripuffs! Snacktime will never be complete without her favorite banana-strawberry Nutripuffs.
Why we love Cerelac Nutripuffs?
Cerelac Nutripuffs is made with whole wheat and fruit bits, and is a good source of iron, Vitamin B1 and fiber. It comes in two flavors: Banana-Strawberry and Banana-Orange. They’re shaped like tiny, speckled stars, which, according to Nestle, are designed to develop babies’ chewing and self-feeding skills.
Plus, Cerelac Nutripuffs make it easy for our bagets to explore their food more and make mealtime a delightful experience for them—something that they will actually look forward to.
I would set a plate of Cerelac Nutripuffs in front of my daughter during snacktime and she would pick them up and happily munch away. Packaging is also good; the pack is resealable so I can easily bring one everywhere I go.
And I’ll let you in on a little secret: I eat it, too! LOL
Finger foods are great for letting your baby have fun, experience different food textures and raise their confidence during mealtimes. Home-cooked natural foods are always your best option. But if you want to supplement with ready-to-eat snacks, make sure you check the ingredients first and go for a brand you can absolutely trust.
Cerelac Nutripuffs is suitable for children 10 months and above and is available in leading supermarkets and drugstores nationwide. You could also get it online through Lazada.