Starting Solids: Foods To Give Your Bub That The Family Can Enjoy
So your bub is showing interest in food – now what?!
Article by Sarah Fehlberg
Ideally you can introduce your baby to solids without having to make different meals for different members of the family. The wholefood options I’m going to give you here can serve bub’s needs along with everyone else’s.
If you are already having a wholefood, seasonal diet, you can give baby what the family is eating only in a puree form!
Whilst baby is growing at a rate of knots, they need nutrient-dense meals. The best way to obtain these are from seasonal and locally sourced fruit and vegetables = whole foods.
When we start to introduce solids, we’re also introducing tummies to an array of new, friendly bacteria, especially if you are loading meals full of nutrient-dense purees with several different vegetables.
For each new food that is introduced, you can expect a day or two of digestive changes as the gut flora is being established. Wind, changes in stool colour, changes in stool texture – this is all normal.
If your baby is becoming constipated or loose for longer than 2-3 days then this is something I can help with in clinic. We can discuss what may be going on and work on a plan for it together, you are not alone !
Here are Sarah’s recipes for puree, breakfast and Snacks
Includes an easy zucchini fritter recipe and banana pancake recipe !
First Food Purees. Don’t over complicate it, you want, easy, obtainable, whole food.
- Sweet potato and pumpkin – nourishing and warming this time of year – easily steamed and the whizzed!
- Avocado – full of so many nutrients, fibre and good fats, a great baby first food!
- Carrot, Peas and Potato – Carrot is packed full of vitamin A, is traditionally sweet and has a good texture. At this time of year you can get some awesome coloured carrots too! Peas and Potato are a great source of potassium and calcium.
Oats for the whole family!
Oats are warming, grounding, filling and nourishing to the whole family – easy and quick too!
Mix Whole oats, your choice of fruits (berries, apples stewed or lightly grated, banana) your choice of milk or alternative and/or yoghurt, and a pinch of cinnamon.
Finger food for when bub can self-feed
- Grated Zucchini 1-2 depending on size
- Rice flour or buckwheat flour works well – 1/2 cup
- Two eggs
- Goats cheese or preferred cheese – can use cashew cheese its so yum! as much or as little as you desire
- Mint to taste or parsley depending on what you think might work
- lemon juice to drizzle over once cooked
Combine all of these in a bowl and lightly fry on the stove top till golden brown.
These can be enjoyed on the run cold by bubs, mums and the whole family really!
As breakfast, snacks and on the go!
This can be pureed for younger bubs or smooshed with your choice of yoghurt depending on age
- 1 banana
- 2 eggs
Whizz together (you can add chia seeds to this)
Should resemble a pancake mix i.e. pourable
Heat a pan up and pour mix into pan to make a delicious EASY pancake, one the whole family can enjoy – you can add maple and fruit/seeds too.
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