Staying at home means having to cook most of your food, and that includes food for your little ones. For Moms, it is important to maximize baby and toddler nutrition, thus, you got this list of Homemade and Healthy Baby Food Recipes!
Homemade and Healthy Baby Food Recipes
Apples are also on the “Dirty Dozen” list, so you may want to buy organic and make sure to wash thoroughly.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Peel the skin off of the apples, and dice up into 1-inch cubes. Put apple cubes into an 8×13 inch baking pan, and fill it with an inch of water. Bake for about 30 minutes or until apple pieces can be smashed up with a fork. Once the apples are at the correct tenderness, puree in a blender and put them in ice cube trays for freezing. You can add a little bit of cinnamon to make cinnamon apples. Bruise the cinnamon in your fingers before adding it in order to bring out the flavor.
Chickpea, Tomato & Rosemary Puree
Roasted tomato is a great food option for babies 6 months and above. Roasting these juicy, lycopene-filled fruits lend a sweet taste to your puree, which your babies will love.
Chickpeas are great sources of iron and tomatoes are loaded with vitamin C. Together, they are absorbed quicker by the body, so your baby’s developmental growth will thank you for it!
Meanwhile, the rosemary from this recipe adds a hint of flavor. However, feel free to omit it from this recipe if you’re not comfortable with adding this herb to your baby’s puree. Instead, you may introduce it slowly along the road.
Beetroot Raspberry Pudding
Who says baby food needs to look boring? With this vibrant beetroot recipe that’s great for babies 6 months and up, your baby will be getting a lot of nutrients, thanks to its main ingredients–beetroot and raspberry!
Beetroot is packed with nutrients that are essential in your baby’s development, while vitamin A and calcium contribute to the normal development of your child’s organs. Meanwhile, vitamin C from raspberries is essential in the absorption of iron for the development of teeth and bones.
Whipped cauliflower is a wonderful alternative to mashed potatoes. I like it because I can easily mix it with fruit, and my baby doesn’t realize that he is eating a vegetable. One word of caution: Cauliflower is a gassy food so if your baby is colic, you may want to skip this recipe. It is not on the “Dirty Dozen” list so you do not need to be as concerned about pesticides and herbicides.
After washing a large head of cauliflower, cut it into smaller florets and put them into a pot of cold water. Cover the pot and boil water for about 20 minutes or until the cauliflower is just cooked. Put the cauliflower into a blender with about 2 tablespoons of butter and some water, and puree until smooth. You can then use the ice cube method to freeze.
Consider this recipe your baby’s next absolute favorite snack. Because of its tangy flavor and cold state, these little dots work great as a refreshing treat for babies 8 months and above. Also, it’s perfect for teething babies!
The main ingredient, yogurt, is loaded with probiotics that are great for your baby’s digestion and gut health. You can customize this recipe with whatever baby food puree you have and do a little trial and error with what your little one prefers!
Use one of the puree recipes we featured above for this recipe and we’re certain that you and your baby will be pleased with the results.
Salmon & Potatoes Colcannon
This fun recipe is a great way to get your baby used to eat fish and savory food.
A dish that originated from Ireland, colcannon is essentially mashed potatoes mixed with cooked cabbage and sometimes kale. This baby-safe recipe uses the latter.
The nutrients from salmon are beneficial to your 10-month and up child’s brain development because of Omega 3 fatty acids, which is abundant in salmon. If this is the first time you’re feeding this fish to them, it is best to shred it in little pieces and mix it in with the Colcannon.
You may increase the portion of the salmon as your child gets used to the taste. Once they do, you’ll never look back as salmon is always a healthy and delicious choice for growing children!