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Power Bites

Life should get easier when your baby starts to eat the same food you do, but finger foods also add a new element of anxiety to your life: Am I feeding my baby the right stuff? Most babies gobble up soft, sweet fruits and veggies and O-shaped cereals, but protein, iron, and fat can be a bit harder to sneak into their diets, says Jennifer Curtiss, a clinical dietitian at Columbus Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Here are some great nutrient-packed first foods you may not have thought of  -- and that your baby will likely love:

  • Meatballs made from ground beef or turkey
  • Ripe avocado pieces
  • Baked beans and other cooked beans
  • Chunk light tuna packed in water
  • Shredded chicken
  • Meat ravioli