Like many other parents, you may be skeptical of the ingredients found in store bought baby food. Here, Beyond Organic Baby shares some delicious homemade baby food ideas for you to try.
If your baby is ready for his or her first bites congratulations: you have hit a milestone! Introducing solid foods into your baby’s diet is an exciting time, and the treats can be equally fun and delicious for your child. The first step in serving your baby solid food is to prepare a single grain infant cereal or porridge such as Holle Organic Cereals. The cereals can be prepared with organic formula, such as Holle, Lebenswert, or Hipp brands, or made with breast milk.
Other fun and tasty options for your child are fruit and vegetable purees. The recipes are quick, simple, and healthy; simply choose a single fruit or vegetable and prepare it according to the instructions. Babies love these purees because of they are flavorful and easy to consume! Below are a few of our favorite baby food purees that your child is sure to love.
- Sweet Potato: Bake a sweet potato at 400° for about 1 hour. Puree the meat of the cooled sweet potato in a food processor, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of water, formula, or breast milk at a time until you reach a smooth consistency. Sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin A, which helps maintain healthy, skin, teeth, and tissue.
- Broccoli: Steam broccoli florets until tender, and then process them in a blender until smooth. Add some cooking liquid one or two tablespoons at a time until the consistency is even. Be sure to strain out any solids, if necessary. While broccoli is nutritious for your baby, you may want to initially limit his or her intake to avoid gas.
- Pear: Peel a pear and steam the meat until tender. Blend the pear in the food processor until you reach a smooth consistency. Pears are a great alternative to apples, and even contain higher amounts of Pectin, a water-soluble fiber.
- Peach: Steam the peach until tender and create puree in the food processor. If the peach is really ripe, it may not even need to be steamed, you can simply mash it with a fork. Peaches are high in antioxidants, making them healthy for both adults and babies.
Many of these purees can be easily stored and frozen in ice cube trays for quick defrosting and serving purposes.
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For more information on nutritious choices for your baby, browse Beyond Organic Baby’s website. There you will find high quality, healthy, and organic options to help your baby thrive.