Commercial baby foods are definitely convenient, but if you’ve got time to spare, how about whipping up a homemade batch?
Expand your child’s palate with a combination of baby food blends that are both nutritious and healthy. Once you have the okay from your child’s pediatrician, you’re ready to serve up your own baby blends!
Pasta & Broccoli
Broccoli is the superhero ingredient for strong bones. It packs a significant amount of calcium, zinc and vitamin K, low levels of which have been connected to low bone density.
Puree steamed broccoli with pre-boiled pasta for a carbo boost, and add in green beans, flax seeds or chickpeas for optimal cell growth and repair. If your child is a little older and experienced with foods, you can serve this dish without pureeing but be sure to chop the broccoli very finely.
Chicken & Rice
Chicken makes for a healthy and filling option for growing kids, providing the necessary nutrients for overall development. Perfect for taller, stronger kids! Dial up the health factor with brown rice or another whole grain on hand.
Banana & Quinoa
Is it breakfast or dessert?
Packed with protein, fiber, calcium, iron, and folate, quinoa promotes strong bone development and is super versatile. Fun fact: protein is necessary to strengthen those tiny muscles supporting the skeletal structure. Yet another reason to amp up the protein in your child’s daily meals!
Puree quinoa with sweet bananas and creamy yogurt for a delight your little one can’t get enough of. Bananas are rich in potassium and very gentle on the stomach. Be careful not to overdo it, though! Too much banana can cause constipation.
Fish & Potatoes
Fish contain all 9 amino acids, making it one of the few sources of complete protein. You definitely want to get these brain-building fatty acids into your child’s diet.
Introduce your baby to fish, starting with white-flesh fish like flounder, haddock and cod. They are digestible and the lowest on the allergen list. Blend it with buttery potatoes for a creamy combination your loved one can’t resist.
Baked sweet potato
Us adults know the health benefits of eating sweet potatoes: it’s packed with vitamins, antioxidants and fiber. Your baby would definitely benefit from them too! A simple purée with a touch of water or your baby’s milk makes for a yummy and nutritious first food.
Try these quick blends out and see if your child loves it. Be on the lookout for allergies, but don’t forget to have fun with it!
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