Has your baby mastered chunky purées and rice cereals? Congratulations! Your little eater is now ready for foods prepared in different ways.
Pediatric registered dietitian and author Judy Converse says that homemade foods such as smashed-and-mashed cooked veggies are a great way to begin feeding at this stage. Meanwhile, dietitian Clancy Cash Harrison, creator of the Fields of Flavor blog and author of “Feeding Baby,” recommends letting your baby feed themselves, using either utensils or his or her own fingers.
However, don’t skip the breast milk or formula because babies should still drink four to six ounces of milk with every meal until they’re 1 year old. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), babies should also have another four to six ounces before bed or during snack time.
1. Vegetable Lasagna
Who doesn’t love lasagna? This hearty lasagna purée is something your baby cannot resist. Filled with healthy veggies, the addition of tomato paste gives the dish a healthy dose of the powerful antioxidants lycopene and vitamin C.
1/2 onion (diced)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 small garlic clove or a pinch of garlic powder
Pinch dried oregano
2 carrots (chopped)
1 cup zucchini (chopped)
2 tablespoons organic tomato paste
1 cup vegetable or chicken stock
1/2 cup pasta (your choice)
2 tablespoons ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese (grated)
In a saucepan, cook onion in olive oil until soft over medium heat. Add garlic and oregano, stir. Then, add carrots, veggies, tomato paste, and stock. Stir and bring to a boil. Add pasta. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes until carrots are tender. Once all of the veggies are tender, remove from heat and stir in the ricotta and Parmesan cheese. Allow to cool and purée until smooth, adding the cooking liquid a little at a time until you reach the right consistency.
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2. Sweet Potato & Carrot Fries
As aforementioned, sweet potato is a superfood that contains plenty of nutrients and vitamins. Moreover, carrots have the ability to boost the immune system, improve digestion, and increase cardiovascular health.
1 large sweet sotato (washed, peeled, and cut into fries)
4 carrots (washed, peeled, and cut into fries)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp smoked paprika.
Firstly, pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Then, place all the carrots and sweet potatoes into a mixing bowl and toss with the olive oil and smoked paprika until they are all coated. After that, place them a baking tray on one single layer.Bake for 35 mins, turning half way through.
For more info, visit Healthy Little Foodies’ website.
3. Quinoa Banana Mash
This super easy quinoa banana mash is a great food to keep around for you or your baby to snack on anytime of the day. While bananas are packed with vitamins and minerals, quinoa is a great source of protein.
3 tbsp cooked quinoa
1 tbsp whole milk yogurt
In a bowl, mash the banana till soft. Then, combine the remaining ingredients and serve.
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4. White Fish, Carrot, and Leek Purée
Fish is an amazing food for your baby’s diet. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are essential nutrients that help boost development of baby’s brain and nervous system, as well as protein that will help baby grow big and strong.
1 6-ounce fish fillet
3 carrots (peeled and chopped(
1 leek (white and green parts only, chopped)
1/2 cup water (reserved), breast milk, or formula
In a saucepan, bring 2 inches of water to a boil over medium heat. Place the fish, carrots, and leek into a steamer basket and steam for 15 minutes, covered. Let cool slightly. After that, transfer all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth, adding 1/4 cup of liquid at a time, until you have reached your desired consistency.
For more info, visit Baby Foode’s website.