After you determine that your baby is ready for solid food, there comes the dilemma of deciding what to prepare for them.
Here are some food recipes suitable for those who are transitioning to solid foods:
1. Banana Puree
Bananas are a great source of potassium, and is easy to prepare, filing, as well as tasty. It’s also easy to bring with you everywhere, and if your baby is crying for some food, just mash the banana and you’re good to go.
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 tablespoons of breast milk, formula, milk
- Mash banana well until smooth.
- Mix rice and milk/water.
- Adjust the texture with milk or rice (to make it runnier or firmer).
- Alternatively, you can use a blender for a smoother texture.
2. Sweet potato mash
It’s super easy to prepare, and is in a gorgeous colour that will surely attract your baby. Not to mention, it is a good source of beta-carotene.
- 1 sweet potato
- Breast milk/formula
- Steam or boil sweet potato until tender.
- Drain and mash well.
- Add breast milk/formula to make it an appetising consistency.
3. Avocado, Kiwi, and Pear Puree
This puree can be made under 5 minutes, and it looks like mint chocolate chip ice cream too! It’ll be so tempting you’ll be having a hard time not wanting to eat it yourself. Benefits of this puree include fiber, potassium, folate vitamin A and C.
- 1/4 avocado
- 1/2 pear
- 2 kiwis
- Scrape avocado off skin and remove pit.
- Peel and core pear.
- Peel kiwi.
- Add all ingredients into blender and puree until smooth.
4. Spiced Coconut Butternut Lentil Puree
This nutritious and iron rich food can be eaten plain or given different flavour boosts to suit your family’s tastes.
- 1/2 cup of red lentils
- 1 cup of chopped butternut squash cubes
- 1 1/2 cups of water
- 5-10 cloves
- 3/4 cup of canned coconut milk
- Add lentils, cloves, butternut squash, and water to a small saucepan.
- Bring to boil, then simmer until lentils and squash are cooked.
- Add more water if it looks like it’s drying out.
- Add coconut milk and mix until even.
- Blend it for a smoother texture.