Homemade baby food is the best option when it comes to feeding your baby. Baby food recipes are so easy to make and are far healthier than buying jarred baby food. Make a large batch and store it in the fridge or freezer. Listed are a few recipes for simple, healthy, homemade baby food.
Almost everything your baby will eat in the first 6 months of their lives will be pureed. Purees are so simple and very health for your baby as they are fresh and only require one or two ingredients. Fresh food for your baby can be as simple as mashing a ripe, peeled banana or throwing it into a blender with a bit of breast milk to give it a smooth consistency. This is far better for your baby than purchasing jarred banana baby food. Your baby deserves the best, so take 2 minutes and whip up the healthier version for them to enjoy.
When your baby is ready to enjoy more textured foods there are several easy recipes to try.
Cook fruit such as pears or nectarines in boiling water. Once soft drain the fruit, put it in the blender and add rice or oat cereal to thicken the mixture and add texture.
Babies loved mashed potatoes and there are so many things you can add to make them a bit more interesting and nutritious for your baby. They are also a great way to disguise some foods your baby may not like on its own. Boil potatoes until fully cooked. Puree in a blender with a little bit of butter. Serve them plain or add green beans, broccoli, cooked egg yolk or even add meat such as chicken or beef. There are many things you can add to mashed potatoes that will be good for your baby and add nutritional value. Experiment with different foods to see what they like.
Another great recipe for babies is to blend plain yogurt with fruit and add a little bit of cinnamon. Cinnamon is so good for you – it’s a bit strong on its own but the flavor will blend nicely with yogurt and fruit. You can mix any fruit with yogurt, whatever your baby likes. This is an easy and healthy alternative to serving store bought mixed yogurts to your baby, which are filled with added sugar.
Once your baby starts to eat meat there are a few things you can try. Puree skinless, boneless chicken with avocado, cooked broccoli or sweet potatoes. Or you may want to add rice. Add ½ cup cooked chicken and ¼ cup cooked rice with 2 tablespoons of milk to a blender and puree. This is a great alternative to jarred chicken and rice baby food which likely has added salt and doesn’t taste nearly as good. Make a larger batch and freeze in small sections. When ready to use again take it out of the freezer with enough time to thaw. Reheat and serve to your baby.
Homemade food is far better for your baby. It’s nutritional, fresh and so easy to make. There are endless recipes to try when making baby food. Baby food recipes are so easy when your baby is under a year as most recipes require only a few ingredients. As your baby gets older try dishes with more variety and introduce your baby to as many healthy, nutrient packed foods as possible.