10 Brain-Building Finger Food Recipes for Baby

If you have a growing baby, you know the importance of snacks. (“Nack” was one of my daughter’s first words.) While some go-to snack items are oh-so convenient, considering mixing in these simple recipes that are packed with vitamins to boost Baby’s brain development. Mika Shino — a mom who’s passionate and knowledgeable about food and nutrition — was kind enough to share the Top 10 Brain Foods with me in December. And now she shares some of her favorite brain-building finger food recipes.

Please note: While the recipes mention recommended ages for introducing foods, it’s very important that you work with your pediatrician to understand the latest guidelines and concern about allergens specific to your child.

  • #1: Flaxseeds

    #1: Flaxseeds

    Why? Because they’re packed with DHA Omega 3 fatty acids, protein, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and other vitamins and minerals. Baby wouldn’t eat these on their own, but add two simple ingredients and you’ve got these delicious, nutritious Yam Veggie Balls.

    Get the recipe at Smartbites for Baby.
    Photo courtesy of Mika Shino
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  • #2: Kiwi

    #2: Kiwi

    It looks good, it’s fun to play with, and it’s packed with DHA Omega 3, vitamin C, and fiber. Even I can’t wait to taste this simple Kiwi Jam with Brown Rice Crackers.

    Get the recipe at Smartbites for Baby.
    Photo courtesy of Mika Shino
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  • #3: Eggs

    #3: Eggs

    While eggs are packed with DHA Omega 3, vitamin B12, choline, protein, iron, and folate, they’re also simple to make. These Herbed Egg Crepes are quick, simple, and delicious.

    Get the recipe at Smartbites for Baby.
    Photo courtesy of Mika Shino
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  • #4: Blueberries

    #4: Blueberries

    Raw or dehydrated, this beautiful and fun finger food is full of DHA Omega 3, fiber, vitamin C, as well as antioxidants.

    Photo courtesy of Mika Shino.

  • #5: Chia Seeds & Cheese

    #5: Chia Seeds & Cheese

    By combining these two power foods, your baby will benefit from DHA Omega 3 fatty acid, vitamin B12, calcium, and protein. These Chia Cheese Sticks are perfect for an on-the-go snack.

    Get the recipe at Smartbites for Baby.
    Photo courtesy of Mika Shino
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  • #6: Salmon

    #6: Salmon

    These Salmon ‘Hot Dogs’ are far better than the original and have lots of protein and DHA Omega 3 fatty acid.

    Get the recipe at Smartbites for Baby.
    Photo courtesy of Mika Shino
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  • #7: Almond and Blackberry

    #7: Almond and Blackberry

    We all know kids love simple sandwiches, and these Almond Butter and Blackberry Jam ones combine protein, fiber, DHA Omega 3, iron, folate, and other good things into Baby’s snack.

    Get the recipe at Smartbites for Baby.
    Photo courtesy of Mika Shino
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  • #8: Avocado

    #8: Avocado

    It’s mushy and wonderful to play with, plus it’s got all kinds of the good stuff in it (think protein, calcium, vitamin C, DHA Omega 3, folate, fiber…). As Baby gets older, add a bit of soy sauce to make it more savory and introduce a new flavor.

    Get the recipe at Smartbites for Baby.
    Photo courtesy of Mika Shino
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  • #9: Papaya

    #9: Papaya

    This fruit is particularly high in DHA Omega 3 and can be served in a variety of forms, like this tasty Papaya Coconut combo.

    Get the recipe at Smartbites for Baby.
    Photo courtesy of Mika Shino
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  • #10: Wheat Germ

    #10: Wheat Germ

    Who knew DHA Omega 3, fiber, folate, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, and zinc could come in this simple tasty package? Yep, Wheat Germ Blinis are packed with them.

    Get the recipe at Smartbites for Baby.
    Photo courtesy of Mika Shino
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Which one do you think your baby will love?

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