Friday, October 14, 2011

Baby's First Bite: Make it Green!

It's only fitting that my baby's first food was green, right?! In fact, my mother-in-law would always laugh when I would take out the baby food from the fridge because no matter what it was, it always seemed to end up green!

This will be the only time in your child's life that you will be working with a clean palate, so why not take full advantage by introducing vegetables first. I certainly don't have proof, but it only made sense to me that if a baby develops a taste for sweet foods from the beginning, then why would they want green beans, broccoli or zucchini later?

There will be plenty of time to introduce fruits and starchy vegetables. Remember when starting your baby on a new food, wait 3-4 days before introducing another.

Green Apple Baby's First Greens

Green Beans
Wash, cut off ends and chop into one-inch pieces. Steam for 12-15 minutes or until a fork easily pierces through. Reserve liquid from the steamer. Transfer to your blender or food processor along with 1/4 cup of steaming liquid and puree until smooth.

Zucchini Squash
Wash and peel the squash and cut the zucchini into small pieces. Steam for 6-8 minutes or until soft. Reserve liquid from the steamer. Transfer cooked zucchini to your blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Because zucchini naturally contains a lot of water, do not add your steaming liquid unless you need more to blend.

Broccoli
Wash broccoli and cut florets from stalks into one inch pieces. Steam 8-10 minutes or until soft. Reserve steaming liquid. Transfer to blender or food processor with 1/4 cup of steaming liquid and puree until smooth.

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