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Fruit and veg: the original finger foods

Fruit and vegetables make good finger foods
  • Fruits cut into bite-size pieces are the perfect introduction to finger foods for toddlers. Start with small chunks of soft fruits or ripe pear.

  • Diced vegetables including potato, pumpkin and peas make great finger foods. Steam or microwave the vegies and give them time to cool.

  • Serve a colourful variety of salad vegetables, such as cucumber and capsicum, cut into sticks with meals or as snacks. Leave the skin on – that’s where lots of the goodness is. Some kids like to dunk vegie sticks in dips such as hummus or guacamole.


Finger foods to serve with vegies

Serve vegies with bite-sized pieces of meat or meatballs; salad vegies go well with eggs; try cheese chunks and pasta pieces.
  • Serve vegies with bite-size pieces of fish, chicken, meat or tofu. Or try mini meatballs made from lean mince, tuna or chickpeas.

  • Hard-boiled eggs go well with salad vegies. Bite-size pieces of egg roll go well with diced, steamed vegies. Turn egg roll into an omelette by filling it with grated pumpkin, peas and cheese.

  • Chunks of cheese and pieces of wholegrain pasta – either plain or with sauces like bolognaise – are another option. Choose pasta shapes that are easy to hold, like penne, bow ties or shells.


Bread, toast and sandwiches as finger foods

Toddlers like toast soldiers, soft sandwiches and pikelets
  • Toast ‘soldiers’ are popular with toddlers. Serve them plain, spread with avocado and Vegemite, or even mashed banana.
  • Try simple soft sandwiches on high-fibre bread. Yummy fillings include egg mashed with mayonnaise, avocado and Vegemite, mashed banana, mashed roasted sweet potato, jam and cheese.
  • Homemade pikelets are a nice treat for toddlers. Cook them plain or add some fresh or frozen blueberries to the batter. Don’t forget to let them cool!
  • Last updated or reviewed 20-06-2014