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Master List of Baby Snacks

Aim to include 2 foods from different groups below (or more) at snack time most of the time so baby has a mix of nutrients on offer. (If the food you're offering is something that already has more than one ingredient in it, like a pancake or a smoothie, you don't have to offer additional—the goal is simply exposure to a range of nutrients over the course of the day.) Nutrition info will vary.
Course Baby Food
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 85kcal

Ingredients

Fruit and Veggie Snacks (start with 1-2 tbsp and offer more according to hunger)

  • 1-2 tbsp Avocado diced and mashed slightly (be sure it’s ripe and very soft)
  • 1-2 tbsp Banana broken into small segments (they are less slippery this way versus slicing them)
  • 1-3 ounces Baby Food Pouches
  • 1-2 tbsp Blueberries cut in half or quarters
  • 1 Clementine chopped into small pieces
  • 1-2 tbsp Mango chopped into small pieces
  • 1-2 tbsp Mashed roasted sweet potato broken up into small pieces
  • 1-2 tbsp Peas
  • 1-2 tbsp Raspberries broken into small pieces
  • 1-2 tbsp Roasted Zucchini diced small
  • 1-2 tbsp Roasted Sweet Potato or Butternut Squash diced

Carbohydrates (start with 1-2 tablespoons and offer more following baby's lead)

  • 1 Baby Banana Muffin
  • 1-2 tbsp Baby Puffs
  • 1-2 tbsp Baked Oatmeal diced
  • 1-2 tbsp Chex cereal soften in nondairy unsweetened milk or yogurt as needed
  • 1-2 tbsp Leftover pasta rice, or oatmeal
  • 1-2 tbsp O cereal soften in nondairy unsweetened milk or yogurt as needed
  • 1-2 tbsp Peanut Butter Puffs
  • 1 Spinach pancakes diced these are great to freeze and pull out of the freezer to warm one at a time
  • 1/4 slice Whole grain bread diced with applesauce or any fruit puree, or mashed avocado

Protein Snacks (start with 1-2 tablespoons and offer more following baby's lead)

  • 1-2 tbsp Beans lightly mashed
  • 1-2 tbsp Cheese shredded (thicker cuts are a little easier to pick up, mozzarella tends to be softest)
  • 1-2 tbsp Cottage cheese
  • 1 Egg muffins diced
  • 1-2 tbsp Goat cheese crumbled
  • 1-2 tbsp Ground beef turkey, or chicken, cooked and broken into smaller pieces
  • 1-2 tbsp Hummus
  • 1 Meatball lightly mashed or diced
  • 1-2 tbsp Peas
  • 1 Scrambled eggs broken up into small pieces
  • 1-3 ounces Simple smoothie made with plain nondairy milk or yogurt
  • 1-2 tbsp Shredded chicken cut up finely (we love this Butter Chicken to share with baby)
  • 1-2 tbsp Tofu diced and sauteed lightly or steamed
  • 1-2 tbsp Yogurt plain whole milk

Instructions

  • Choose 2 single ingredient foods (or more) or 1 food that is made from a mix of foods (like a pancake or egg muffin).
  • Cut up into small pieces or mash lightly.
  • Serve to baby, offering preloaded spoons as needed to help them eat. (It's okay if baby gets messy as they learn to eat, that's part of the process!)
  • Start with a small portion and serve more according to baby's hunger—it's okay if they eat more or less than you expect!
  • Offer water with snacks (and meals).
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.

Notes

  • Aim to offer 2 foods (or more) for each snack so baby has the opportunity to have a mix of nutrients.
  • Aim for at least one of the foods to have fat and/or protein to help baby feel satisfied.
  • If a food seems too slippery for baby to pick up or they're otherwise having trouble, put the food onto a utensil, cut it differently, or otherwise help them eat the food.
  • Try to avoid serving meals or snacks when baby is tired or is specifically hungry for their milk feedings—it takes them a while to connect solid food as a way to satisfy hunger, so be patient with that process of learning.
  • It can take kids time to learn to like a wide range of foods, so offer a range of foods throughout the week—and offer foods they didn't eat (making sure it's easy to eat and tastes good) so they have the chance to learn to like them.
  • Keep meals free from pressure and fun without forcing baby to eat a certain amount of food.
  • Sit with baby as you can and model eating so they have someone to copy—they are new to this and the more information they have (visual, verbal, etc), the better they can learn!

Nutrition

Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 94mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 173IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 1mg