* Steamed Veggies with sesame seeds or salt free seasoning toddlers can sprinkle on
* Ripe fruits cut into bite size pieces (mango, papaya, banana, berries, pears, peaches, persimmon, strawberries, or any seasonal fruit)
* Whole Wheat Bagels (which also make great teethers)
* Cubed tofu
* Cooked beans
* Seaweed snack
* Cheese cubes or sticks
* Edamame/soy beans
* Spoonful of nut butter (this one will keep your toddler busy for at least a few minutes- I used to give this to my puppy ;))
* Cooked pasta ( cut into bite size pieces and mixed with tomato sauce, pesto or even a touch of olive oil and parmesan)

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Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. I was wondering about the edamame/soy/tofu… I have been reading conflicting things about this food.
    Some things I read say that it is a great protein and is very healthy.
    Other things I have been reading say that if it is not organic non-gmo or even if it is organic non gmo it can cause cancer because of the high estrogen levels in it.
    I would like to try it but, I am very conflicted about this. Can you add any insight??!
    Thank you!

  2. Our park has that rubber type stuff. I love it beaucse he’s less likely to get hurt on it if he falls.Amy – So many people say that. It’s really noticeable when they are in a picture together! And we miss you all too!

  3. My response looks confusing- I found the recepie but not bread crumbs. (See original comment below) thanks Catherine!

  4. I really just want the recipe for those animal-shaped veggie nuggets in the picture! I can’t find it anywhere on the website.

  5. A little nut butter on a spoon that a toddler can lick off while sitting in a highchair (or other chair they normally eat in) is less of a choking hazard than letting them walk around eating other types of finger foods. The baby’s saliva will break down the nut butter easier and faster than a cookie, cracker or apple.

  6. Pretty common sense to watch your child with any food. My daughter did fabulous with a spoonful of crunchy peanut butter at 9mos.

  7. I’m guessing she means a spoonful put on the highchair or something, it will give them something to play with and lick off their fingers 🙂

  8. A spoonful of nut butter is a choking hazard for a toddler. Just a teaspoon can block the windpipe. Nut butters should only be served to toddlers and young kids when spread thinly on crackers, etc. Fine for a puppy though!

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