Staying at home means having to cook most of your food, and that includes food for your little ones. For Moms, it is important to maximize baby and toddler nutrition, thus, you got this list of healthy homemade baby food recipes!
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Healthy Food for Your Baby
Your baby food should be free of allergens and other harmful ingredients that affect infant nutrition. Because as we all should know, infant health is crucial in a child's life and development.
Homemade baby food is usually in puree form, as babies transition to eating solid food this way. Baby food per age definitely varies as each developmental stage calls for a different nutrition need.
Thankfully, we've done our research and have gathered our recommended homemade baby food recipes that are 100% baby safe food!
1. Quinoa Blackberry Banana Avocado Puree
This recipe is loaded with nutrients that are perfect for your little ones from 6 months onwards. Avocado is a great fruit full of Omega 3 fatty acids that assist in brain development, while blackberry and banana boast of potassium that contributes greatly to bone development.
Speaking of bone development, the main ingredient, quinoa, is packed with calcium and other vitamins that help with just that!
2. Chickpea, Tomato & Rosemary Puree
Roasted tomato is a great food option for babies 6 months and above. Roasting these juicy, lycopene-filled fruits lend a sweet taste to your puree, which your babies will love.
Chickpeas are great sources of iron and tomatoes are loaded with vitamin C. Together, they are absorbed quicker by the body, so your baby's developmental growth will thank you for it!
Meanwhile, the rosemary from this recipe adds a hint of flavor. However, feel free to omit it from this recipe if you're not comfortable with adding this herb to your baby's puree. Instead, you may introduce it slowly along the road.
3. Tomato Fritters
For those days when you want to change it up a little bit and opt for a recipe that has more of a chew to it, these tomato fritters are perfect for your little ones from 6 months and up.
This recipe boasts of the benefits of tomatoes and introduces your baby to different flavors, and that is due to the addition of chives. This recipe calls for milk and you may opt to use plant-based milk if you wish.
Make sure that you use organic cheddar because it is free of preservatives, this is to ensure that you use all-natural ingredients in this recipe. You may keep these fritters in the freezer for up to 3 months and just heat them up in the microwave when your little one wants a quick snack to munch on!
4. Beetroot Raspberry Pudding
Who says baby food needs to look boring? With this vibrant beetroot recipe that's great for babies 6 months and up, your baby will be getting a lot of nutrients, thanks to its main ingredients–beetroot and raspberry!
Beetroot is packed with nutrients that are essential in your baby's development, while vitamin A and calcium contribute to the normal development of your child's organs. Meanwhile, vitamin C from raspberries is essential in the absorption of iron for the development of teeth and bones.
5. Yogurt Melts
Consider this recipe your baby's next absolute favorite snack. Because of its tangy flavor and cold state, these little dots work great as a refreshing treat for babies 8 months and above. Also, it's perfect for teething babies!
The main ingredient, yogurt, is loaded with probiotics that are great for your baby's digestion and gut health. You can customize this recipe with whatever baby food puree you have and do a little trial and error with what your little one prefers!
Use one of the puree recipes we featured above for this recipe and we're certain that you and your baby will be pleased with the results.
6. Sweet Potato Pancakes
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Sweet potatoes are a common ingredient to infant and toddler food and this is due to the fact that this versatile vegetable is packed with nutrients that are essential in their development. Not to mention, kids absolutely love them!
Perfect for babies 10 months and above, this recipe uses a spoonful of chia seeds that are a great source for omega fatty acids aiding in your child's cognitive development. Some babies and toddlers find it difficult to digest chia seeds, so you may introduce this superfood to them little by little.
It goes without saying that you should consult with your child's pediatrician first for any dietary concerns. Feel free to not include chia seeds in this pancake recipe if you're not comfortable with adding this to your baby's diet.
7. Salmon & Potatoes Colcannon
This fun recipe is a great way to get your baby used to eating fish and savory food.
A dish that originated from Ireland, colcannon is essentially mashed potatoes mixed with cooked cabbage and sometimes kale. This baby-safe recipe uses the latter.
The nutrients from salmon are beneficial to your 10-month and up child's brain development because of Omega 3 fatty acids, which is abundant in salmon. If this is the first time you're feeding this fish to them, it is best to shred it in little pieces and mix it in with the Colcannon.
You may increase the portion of the salmon as your child gets used to the taste. One they do, you'll never look back as salmon is always a healthy and delicious choice for growing children!
8. Chia Seed Pudding
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Ending our list of healthy homemade baby food recipes is this yummy chia seed snack or dessert! As mentioned above, you may check with your child's pediatrician for any dietary concerns regarding chia seeds.
Customize the pudding by adding yummy fruits that your child already loves! This recipe is recommended for children 10 months old and above.
We hope you got inspired to make homemade baby food for your little ones! Whatever recipe you choose from our list above, it is imperative that you tailor them to your little ones' preference and nutritional needs.
What are some of your favorite homemade baby food recipes? Tell us in the comment section below!
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