Monday, October 17, 2011

Baby Superfoods

If I had to pick my all-time favorite food for a baby, it might have to be banana! I know that most of you are shocked since not only is it not green, but it is such a sweet fruit. Here's the catch, I never actually gave Kaden banana by itself (well, I actually did give him frozen banana a few times), I used it (and still do) to cut down on the some of the bitterness of my REAL favorite food of all time... Kale!

I'm almost positive that kale was Kaden's 5th food (after green beans, peas, carrots & broccoli) and even though I know you're not supposed to give two new foods at the same time, I did blend a half a banana for every 1 large bunch of steamed kale. Looking back, I probably should have mixed some banana with a food he already had, like green beans, but considering I practically ate my weight in bananas daily when I was pregnant, I just assummed it would be fine. And I don't know or have ever heard of anyone with a banana allergy.



Kale & Banana Puree
To prepare you kale, wash and cut each piece from rough center stem. You will need 1 large bunch. Steam for about 5 minutes, or until wilted.

Transfer cooked kale to your food processor along with 1/4 cup of steaming water and puree until you just have tiny little flakes of kale. Add your banana and blend until creamy. Add more water if you want the consistency to be thinner. Now try it...you might just be surprised!

Other Top Contenders

Pumpkin (1 sugar pumpkin, water, cinnamon)
Preheat oven to 400. Cut your sugar pumpkin in half and remove seeds but don't throw them away! Pumpkin seeds are also a super food and a great snack! Place both halves cut side down on a baking pan sprayed with a little cooking spray. Bake for 40 minutes to 1 hour depending on the size of your pumpkin. Scrape out cooked pumpkin and puree with a little water to thin out and a little cinnamon (yes, babies can eat cinnamon!).

Avocado
The great thing about avocado is that it is raw! Just mush and serve!

Apple

Wash, peel, chop and steam until soft (about 7 minutes). Puree & only add steaming liquid if necessary. Apple naturally contains a lot of water.

Butternut Squash
I just love love love all things squash and butternut is no exception! Preheat your oven to 400. Wash and cut your squash in half, lengthwise, and scoop out all seeds. Bake cut side down for about 45 minutes. Allow to cool. Scoop out squash from skin and transfer to a food processor. You will need to add some water here until your desired consistency is reached.

Sweet Potato
Because sweet potato doesn't have a hard skin like squash, you can elect to either steam or bake it. I prefer to bake in the oven as you will reserve more of the nutrients and enhance its flavor.
To bake: Preheat oven to 400. Wash & dry your potato and poke several holes with a fork. Wrap with foil and bake for approx 45 minutes. When cooled, cut potato in half and scoop out potato away from skins. Puree with water in a food processor until smooth.
To steam: Peel sweet potato and cut into small chunks. Place chunks into a small pan with just enough water to cover the potatoes. Cook potatoes until tender (about 10 minutes). Reserve cooking liquid to use for pureeing.

Don't forget about Baby's First Bites: Make it Green! This is where you'll find my favorite green first foods!

1 comment:

  1. There’s another superfood you should know about called the Aroniaberry (chokeberry). It is native to North America and contains one of the highest levels of antioxidants – anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins of any fruit. These powerful berries have been utilized for years because of their overall health and wellness benefits. Learn more at www.superberries.com.

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