Right now, your toddler is just trying to figure out what this whole “dinner” thing is all about. They’re more into snacks. And who can blame them? Snacks often look like fish or tiny donuts. Also they require no seat, no napkin, and no manners, if your crumby shirt and post pizza-roll gas is any indication.
This category of diverse, go-anywhere finger foods are (by any objective measure) some of the best things to shove into your snack-hole. That said, if you’re a health conscious parent there’s not much to recommend. What you need are healthier knock-offs. Here are 5 to get you and your kid started, though you’ll have to figure out how to stop on your own.
For Cookie Monsters
Raspberry Oatmeal Cookies
Your kid’s health isn’t really benefitting from those heavily frosted sugar cookies they whine about (and receive) at your local mermaid-fronted coffee shop. But that doesn’t mean all things cookie have to get the boot. Cookies exist that even the blue monster’s fruit-pushing friends would approve of.
This version, from a baker named Amy, kicks up the health quotient by using honey instead of sugar, whole wheat flour and antioxidant boosting berries. The instructions may be a little fussy, but she used to be an organic chemist, so the result will likely be a molecular nom-pound.
For Cheese Cracker Crunchers
Homemade “Cheeze Its”
Off the shelf they come shaped as squares, fish and bunnies. And…