Babies first foods…I’ve covered the very best foods to start off with in my last post. To catch up click here. Once they are eating a good variety of these foods, next comes the introduction of fruit and grain.
Just to reiterate, all fruit needs to be in season (freshest) and always local (or, at least, Australian). Please don’t compromise your babies health and nutrition with anything less.
Depending upon the season when your baby is due to start solids, you can gently stew or steam peeled fruits such as apple, pear or stone fruits to be pureed.
Raw fruits that are good to puree or mash include berries, papaya, rockmelon and mango, which are high in enzymes making it easier for baby to digest them. Banana is one of the few carbohydrates that contains the enzyme analyse, which assists digestion.
As most dried fruits are almost pure sugar and either preserved with sulphites or vegetable oil (both toxic and dangerous), I don’t recommend them for baby. As convenient as they are, I don’t believe they should form part of a young babies diet at all.
Adding a little avocado or coconut milk to the mix helps the fat soluble vitamins to be assimilated by the body. Yogurt or Kefir can be mixed with fruit a little later. Don’t forget to consider a pinch of cinnamon for deliciousness and to help the body to cope with the sugars in fruit.
Also a word of warning. Please don’t overdo fruit. Fruit is NOT a meal and will not adequately satisfy a babies hunger or nutritional requirements. As fruit contains the highly addictive sugar fructose, please limit it to one small serve every couple of days.
Quinoa, brown rice, and hulled millet can be added in now that baby is eating a range of vegetables and other energy dense foods. To ensure baby is able to digest them and derive all of the goodness from them, all grains (except hulled millet) need to be soaked in water with a little yogurt or whey for at least 6-12 hours before cooking (preferably overnight). Once cooked, puree with a little fat (ghee, butter or coconut oil)and mix through vegetables (or fruit). You can also cook grains in bone broth and puree for a delicious, very nourishing meal.
Please avoid wheat for the first 12 months of a babies life. It places such a burden on a babies digestion (is a cause of allergy) and fills a gap that would be better filled with a more nutrient dense food. As babies stomach capacity is so small, it is critical to their long-term health and development to make every mouthful count. Also, any dairy that is not cultured should also be avoided for the first 12 months.
Now for some wholesome recipes for baby….
Two healthy, nourishing recipes for your baby- a Avocado, banana and quinoa pudding with blueberry sauce and Baby pumpkin risotto.
- ¼ cup of soaked and cooked quinoa
- 1 small ripe banana
- ½ a ripe avocado
- ¼ cup of brown rice soaked overnight in a little whey or yogurt
- 1 cup of bone broth
- ¼ cup of pumpkin peeled and cut into cubes
- 1 teaspoon of ghee, butter or coconut oil
- Process in a food processor until the desired consistency is reached.
For the blueberry sauce (optional, simply puree a tablespoon of blueberries with a tablespoon of breast milk or coconut milk. Enjoy the mess!
- Place the rice into the broth and simmer for 20 minutes or until the rice is tender.
- After about 10 minutes add the pumpkin and continue to cook for the remaining 10 minutes.
- Add the fat of choice and puree to the desired consistency adding more broth if required.
Any questions, comments and questions welcome.