Healthy Baby Snacks an alternative to packed foods.

At around the age of eight months old, the need for healthy baby snacks for your growing baby will arise. While the word “snack” may conjure up images of some of the pre-packaged, unhealthy foods that are on the market, a snack for your baby can be as healthy as you’d like it to be. Healthy baby snack foods are excellent for when you’re out running errands, on a play date or traveling with your baby. Baby snack foods can be prepared ahead of time for convenient use for when you and baby will be on the go.

Healthy Baby Snack Ideas

• Applesauce
• Yogurt
• Healthy dry cereals
• Wheat germ
• Cooked shredded chicken breast
• Lean deli turkey
• Teething biscuits with fruit puree for dipping
• Whole grain pancakes with cream cheese
• Bits of cheese
• Banana cubes coated in crushed bran flakes
• Hard boiled egg pieces
• Cottage cheese
• Juice in a Sippy Cup

• Soft Fruits – Fruits like bananas, pears, peaches, plums and berries travel well in ziplock bags. You could also bake apples ahead of time with a little cinnamon and sugar and cube them up for healthy baby travel snacks.

• Cooked/Softened Veggies – Soft veggies can make for great take-along and travel foods for baby. Steam veggies ahead of time — carrots, broccoli and green beans are great choices. You can even freeze them in small portions (see below.)

Ideas for a Busy Day Out

Create snack portions or mini-meals and freeze them in individual containers. This is especially handy if you have a busy week ahead with lots of traveling with baby: combine a protein, vegetable and fruit, and bring along a grain. Thaw overnight in the fridge for a great take-a-long healthy baby snack the next day.

Want to get even more creative? Magazines like www.parenting.com and www.parents.com offer baby snack recipe ideas for health-conscious moms.

Be sure to consult with a pediatrician about when it’s safe to introduce solid foods into your baby’s diet. Ask specifically if there are any foods that might pose an allergy risk for your little one.

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