10 Healthy & Nutritious Homemade Baby Food Recipes

Article published at: Jun 23, 2024 Article author: Durbl-Megan
10 Healthy & Nutritious Homemade Baby Food Recipes
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Looking for easy baby food ideas? You're in the right place! Ensuring your baby gets all the nutrients they need is crucial for healthy development. Store-bought baby food is often packaged in single-use plastic, which isn't eco-friendly. So, we're sharing some low-waste, healthy, and nutritious baby food ideas that you can make in bulk, then freeze and reheat in reusable Durbl containers.

Making homemade baby food requires some basic tools to ensure the food is safe and suitable for babies. Here are some common tools for making baby food:
  1. Blender or Food Processor: To puree food to a smooth consistency, ideal for baby food puree.
  2. Hand-Held Stick Blender: Convenient for small batches of infant puree recipes.
  3. Steamer or Steamer Basket: To steam vegetables and fruits, preserving nutrients.
  4. Peeler: For peeling vegetables and fruits like baby food carrots and apples.
  5. Knife and Cutting Board: For chopping and preparing ingredients.
  6. Spoons and Spatulas: For mixing and scraping food.
  7. Small Bowls or Storage Containers: Such as reusable silicone bags for storing and freezing.
  8. Ice Cube Trays: For portioning and freezing baby food.

Here are ten easy and nutritious baby puree recipes:

  • Carrot Purée:Peel and chop baby food carrots. Steam for about 10 minutes until soft. Cool and blend with a bit of water until smooth.
  • Avocado Purée:Peel, pit, and mash avocado until smooth. Great for a quick and nutritious meal.
  • Banana Purée:Peel and mash a ripe banana with a fork until smooth. A simple and healthy option.
  • Sweet Potato Purée:Peel and chop sweet potatoes. Bake at 400°F for 45 minutes, then blend until smooth.
  • Apple Purée:Peel, core, and chop apples. Steam for 10 minutes, then blend until smooth.
  • Pear Purée:Peel, core, and chop pears. Simmer for 25 minutes, then blend until smooth.
  • Broccoli and Cauliflower Purée:Chop broccoli and cauliflower. Steam for 10 minutes, cool, and blend until smooth.
  • Pea Purée:Steam peas for 4 minutes. Cool, then blend with a bit of lemon juice and mint for added flavor.
  • Mango Purée:Peel and chop mango. Blend until smooth. A sweet and nutritious option.
  • Spinach Purée:Steam spinach for 5 minutes, cool, and blend until smooth.

Foods to Avoid for Babies:

  1. Honey: Risk of botulism.
  2. Cow's Milk: Can cause allergies and digestion issues.
  3. Hard Foods: Like nuts and grapes, can cause choking.
  4.  High-Salt Foods: Harmful to baby's kidneys.
  5. High-Sugar Foods: Affect dental health and cause obesity.
  6. Undercooked or Raw Foods: Risk of food poisoning.
  7. Caffeinated Foods and Drinks: Affect baby's nervous system.
  8. Nut Butters: Risk of choking and allergies.
  9. Foods with Additives and Preservatives: Potential health risks.
  10. Citrus Fruits: Can irritate the digestive system.
Making homemade baby food allows you to be creative and ensure your baby gets the best nutrition. With the right tools and some delicious recipes, you can make mealtime a fun and healthy experience for your little one!


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