The Easiest Stage 1 Baby Food Recipes



Getting the green light from your baby’s pediatrician to start incorporating solids into baby’s diet is exciting. There is a whole new world for baby to explore of different tastes and textures. But what are the best foods to start with? And is it better to make at home, or is the store bought stuff just as healthy?

Almost a month ago, I was given the green light by my daughter’s pediatrician to slowly introduce her to food at her 4 month checkup. While my baby is in no need for extra calories, she is able to sit up with little need for assistance and has shown an interest in “adult food”. Her pediatrician explained to me that I can wait until she is 6 months to introduce food or I can slowly introduce food now. I am at no place to say that ALL packaged and jarred baby foods are less healthy, but it gives me peace of mind knowing that my daughter’s food has no added chemicals or preservatives because I can make it fresh at home.

Many Americans start baby on rice cereal. Other countries like France prefer introducing babies to savory puréed vegetable right off the bat, as is explained in the book Bringing Up Bébé. Rice cereal is controversial in the green community because some studies have found high levels of arsenic in even organic rice cereal brands. As a parent, you can use your better judgement on what you feel is best for your baby.

I want to share some recipes that are surprisingly quick, inexpensive and super easy for the both the busy working or stay-at-home parent. In just 15-20 minutes or less, you can make several days’ worth of fresh, organic homemade baby food for the newbie. All you need is a high-speed blender (I use the magic bullet which works fine) or food processor and some ice cube trays or bpa-free containers you can use to store in the fridge or freezer. These are great refillable food pouches to make feeding on the go an easier feat.

Before beginning:

  • Something to consider is that you can keep the portions small since new eaters only need about 1 to 2 tablespoons of food.
  • Be on the lookout for allergies to certain foods. It is for this reason that some pediatricians recommend only feeding one type of food purée at a time every couple of days before introducing baby to another new food. Contact your child’s pediatrician immediately if there are any signs of food allergies.
  • Certain foods such as carrots, spinach, beets and collard greens are not recommended for young babies before the age of 6 months, as they are high in nitrates. Consuming foods high in nitrates can cause nitrate poisoning in young babies.




Sweet Potato Purée

Ingredients

  • 1 Organic Sweet Potato
  • 3/4 cup filtered water

Directions:

  1. Wash, peel and chop sweet potato into 1/2-inch cubes.
  2. Bring a small saucepan with water and the chopped sweet potato to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 13-15 minutes, or until tender.
  3. Allow the sweet potato to cool in pan for a couple minutes. To keep all the essential nutrients that leached out during cooking, pour the sweet potato AND water into a high-powered blender or food processor. Blend until completely smooth.

* Make sure the purée is cool enough for baby’s sensitive palette by testing a dab on your wrist before serving.


Avocado is rich in good fats, excellent for baby’s brain health and development, and packed with 20 vitamins and minerals. Babies seem to love the creamy, buttery texture of ripe avocado.  To help prevent browning, place avocado pit in the purée before refrigerating.

Avocado Purée

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe organic avocado

Directions:

  1. Mash avocado with a fork or blend in high-speed blender/food processor.
  2. Mix with breast milk or formula to reach desired consistency.

 

If freezing:

  1. Mash avocado with fork or blend in high-speed blender/food processor.
  2. Divide into ice-cube trays; wrap or cover and freeze.
  3. You can thaw by putting the avocado ice cube in bowl over hot water on the counter defrost; or thaw in refrigerator the night before.
  4. Mix with breast milk or formula, once defrosted, until it reaches desired consistency.

Rich in fiber and potassium, bananas are super easy to mash on the go and provide a great deal of energy without the need to cook.

Banana Purée

Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana

Directions

  1. Peel and mash banana with a fork.
  2. Mix in a little breast milk or formula to thin the consistency and add a familiar taste.

* Word of caution: do not overdo it with this excellent first food choice, as eating too much banana can cause constipation. This can especially be the case with babies who are formula-fed.

When did you start feeding your babies solids, and what were your favorite foods to introduce to your baby? As a first-time mother, I would love to hear your input!

 



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