Nutrition is one of the biggest concerns all parents have in regard to their Babies. Because they are still developing essential parts of their bodies, they need to be properly fed, to receive all the nutrients, minerals, and vitamins they required in order to grow and develop healthy and strong.
Realizing just how much a proper diet is important and to help you ease your mind off of things, we have compiled a list of the easiest homemade recipes to make baby food.
- Nut Butters
Before you start thinking about nut allergy, you should know that the AAAAI (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology) has deemed nuts to be safe to be given to children as young as six months of age, but only after they have been introduced to other foods like cereal, vegetables, and fruits. The good thing about this is that your baby gets to have some of the heavy hitters in the nutrition department like peanut, cashew, and almond provides excellent amounts of protein, fatty acids, vitamin E, manganese, potassium, and iron. A lumpy nut butter can be hazardous for your baby, so make sure to mix them well into a cereal or puree, or if you prefer, sprayed thin on toast. Now, if in your family there is a strong history of food-related allergies or you’ve noticed your baby suffers from eczema you may want to consider talking to your doctor before introducing these foods.
- Herbs and Spices
By the time your baby turns 1, it should have already become familiar with solid foods and by that time, your baby should eat pretty much the same as the rest of the family, after all, that is the whole purpose of the transition to solid foods. Don’t be afraid to moderately add some herbs and spices to your baby’s food, they will help to boost the intake of antioxidants as well as expanding your baby’s palate, making the transitions to “Family Food” easier.
As they grow up, children that have been exposed to a variety of flavors tend to be more “adventurous” eaters as those who do not, according to recent studies. Just avoid to add too much of them, avoid the spicy spices, for now, your baby still has a delicate palate and stomach. If you aren’t sure which ones to use, try applesauce and cinnamon, cauliflower and nutmeg, meat sauce and cumin or oregano, chicken or vegetables and thyme, avocado and cilantro, or fish and lemon and parsley.
There was a time in which doctor will tell parents not to give their babies tofu up until their first birthday, but that isn’t the case anymore. Vegan diets have actually proven tofu to be an incredible food to be given to babies, it gives a boost to all necessary nutrients like iron, zinc, protein, and fat. As a bonus tofu happens to be very easy for babies to chew and they enjoy the flavor.
The way you serve the tofu is entirely up to you, it can be straight out of the box, baked, make smoothies, or even puddings. Whichever way to choose is going to be safe for your baby and it will enjoy it.
Your target here, despite what everyone would tell you and all the commercials, is to go straight for the plain yogurt, yes, the one that has no flavor, this makes a lot of sense in the way that it does not contain dangerous amounts of sugar and you will help your baby develop a palate for it. Is always better that they adapt themselves to the non-flavor, because of how much healthier they are.