Healthy and Nutritious Snacks for Baby
There are times when your baby may need some snack foods and snacks are usually introduced to babies around the age of 8 months old. When the word “snack” is mentioned, many parents may think of prepackaged, unhealthy and unnaturally colorful snacks on the market but, a snack for your little one can be anything from frozen apple slices in a mesh feeder to yogurt mixed with wheat germ and fruit.
Healthy snack foods for baby are great foods to take with you when you’re running errands, at a playgroup or when traveling with your baby.
Our Travel with Homemade Baby Food talks about how you might pack homemade baby food when you go on vacation either via air, train or car; and when you will be staying in a hotel or even camping. Snack foods for babies can also be made ahead of time and used for all sorts of travel as well.
Healthy Snack Ideas
Applesauce mixed with yogurt
Teething biscuits with pear puree for dipping
Whole grain homemade pancakes spread with cream cheese and avocado or just plain
Shredded cheese with peach dices
Banana dices rolled in crushed cereal
Baked sweet potato dices or sweet potato fries
What to Pack in Baby’s Snack Pack for a busy day out
Fruits – My snackpack always included a banana, an apple, a pear in ziplock bags. Bagging is important so that the fruits don’t smoosh all over your diaper or hand bag. Try baking some apples and then dice them; they make for good finger foods to travel.
Veggies – Soft cooked veggies make for great travel and take-along foods. Steam up some veggies and freeze in small portions. You can offer your baby these veggies at room temperature or warm them up.
Mesh Feeder – Great for babies who cannot handle finger foods well. Peel a banana or other fruit and toss it into the mesh feeder for a quick snack.
Homemade Baby Teething Biscuits or Baby Cereal Cookies
Oatie O’s – skip the Gerber Puffs and other foods that have additives including added sugar
Make Ahead Meals for the Snacks and the Snack Pack
Create little meals and freeze them in individual containers. This is particularly helpful if you know you are going to have a busy week out and about. For example, try chunks of apple, shreds of chicken and cheese mixed with some rice.
Leave the containers to thaw overnight in the fridge and you have a great take-a-long meal.