Sadly, 95% of them end up on the floor. I think the lesson here is to keep them as treats and only offer small portions. He used to put about 9 of them on my sons tray and let him have at them!
If you aren't a professional chef and are more of a beginner in the kitchen like me, then I have a few useful ideas for you! From the moment your child perfects their 'pincer grip', they will be going after the tiniest objects they can find to put in her mouth. Great foods that they will love in this stage include peas, sweetcorn, raisins and blueberries. In fact, this will work with any fruit or veg if you cut it up small enough to peak their interest. A great way to incorporate this into a meal is with rice, pasta or scrambled egg.
Proteins are important for our little ones as they help to maintain healthy muscles and bones. Salmon, turkey and sausages are always popular options in our house and are very easy to cook. Salmon contains essential omega-3 fatty acids as well as a variety of other vitamins. You would have thought that sausages would be a rather fatty option, but we have found that Heck sausages are made of 97% pork and are delicious! Make sure to cut the sausages small enough so that they are not a choking hazard. Turkey is a lifesaver in our house as we don't eat chicken. My husband makes the most amazing turkey pie and fills it with loads of vegetables. Turkey thigh meat is relatively cheap and flavorsome and it stays moist more easily than turkey breast. My husband likes to finely chop spinach, kale and parsley and add it to the pie too. It is hardly noticeable, but adds a nice herby flavour as well as a great superfood health boost!
I recently asked some other mums of toddlers what they give their little ones for snacks/mealtimes. Here are a few of their ideas: