Although there are plenty of baby food options in stores, making your own baby foods can save you a lot of money. Besides that, homemade baby foods might even be more nutritious than store-bought products because you know what’s it in. While traditional first foods don’t typically cause allergic reactions, be sure to observe your baby for signs of allergy.
If you just started introducing solid foods to your baby, you can start with any pureed single-ingredient food (preferably low-acid fruits and sweet vegetables) with no added salt or sugar. Without further ado, here are some easy DIY recipes to try at home:
(Also, click here to read how to tell if your baby is ready for solid foods.)
1. Apples Purée
An apple keeps the doctor away. Rich in Vitamins C and A, apples are packed with antioxidant, which helps regulate blood sugar and cleanses the body. Besides that, the wonder fruit also contain 2 types of important fiber – insoluble fiber and soluble fiber.
2 apples (peeled, cored, and chopped)
In a pot, boil (or steam) the apples until they are tender and soft. Then, blend it in a blender or food processor until smooth or until it reaches the desired consistency that you like.
For more info, visit The Comfort Of Cooking’s website.
2. Sweet Potato Purée
In many Asian countries,sweet potato is considered as a superfood. It’s also rich in Vitamin A, C, and B-complex as well as magnesium, calcium, iron, and potassium. Sweet potato is also packed with beta-carotene, which strengthens immune system.
4oz sweet potato (finely diced)
1 cup water
In a pot, bring the diced sweet potato and water to boil, for about 15 minutes or until it reaches the desired consistency that you like. The sweet potato should break down quite a bit after the boiling. If not, you can use the back of the spoon to mash the sweet potato to the desired texture. To make a silky smooth sweet potato puree, you can blend it with a blender.
For more info, visit Rasa Malaysia’s website.
3. Peach Purée
Peaches are known to have a diuretic affect and also are a natural laxative. That’s why peach is a great fruit to give to your baby if constipation has become a problem. Furthermore, the fruit is also high in Vitamin C and A.
6 peaches (peeled, cored, and chopped)
In a pot, steam the peaches for about 15 minutes. After that, place the peaches in the blender and purée.
For more info, visit Premeditated Leftovers’ website.
4. Butternut Squash Purée
Butternut squash is a wonderful first food for your little one. High in vitamins and calcium, the sweet ingredient is also rich in potassium, fibre, and folate. Aside from that, the beta-carotene found in butternut squash makes it an effective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
1 butternut squash
1/2 cup water
After washing the squash, pre-heat your oven to 375. Next, cut it in half lengthwise and place the squash face down into your baking dish. Cover the baking dish with foil and cook in oven for 45 minutes. Once it is cooked, remove it from the oven and let cool.
After that, scoop out the squash and blend it with water in a food processor until smooth.
For more info, visit Frugal Fanatic’s website.