Four Flavors Your Baby Will Love: Homemade Baby Food for Fall

By Ebony Porter, October 7, 2015, Green, Recipes

A change in the air, a change in the color of the leaves, and a change in produce availability at the markets – they all signal the transition to fall. Most of us love the earthy flavors fresh fall produce delivers, so why not share the love with your baby?

Four Flavors Your Baby Will Love: Homemade Baby Food for Fall

“C’mon, Mom! Not that processed stuff again! My friends brag about the tasty baby food their moms make at home for them!

If your baby is now eating solids, consider making your own nutritious homemade baby food with fruits and vegetables appearing this time of year. Start now, and your baby will grow up to love the swath of warm hearty foods everyone enjoys in fall.

Sweet Potato

Four Flavors Your Baby Will Love: Homemade Baby Food for Fall

Cubing your sweet potato helps it cook more quickly and evenly.

This hearty root is naturally sweet, and doesn’t hold the same high sugar content fruits have. Remember to start your baby on vegetables first, not the other way around. It’s a great way to fill baby up with a good source of fiber, potassium, and loads of Vitamin A.

1) Peel then wash your sweet potato, and cut into one inch cubes.

2) Boil for 8-10 minutes, or until it’s easy to drive a knife through the potato.

3) Blend in a food processor until silky smooth.

Another way to be sure the consistency is smooth enough for baby is to push the cooked veggie through a fine mesh strainer. You don’t want to give them any of the fibrous strings that root veggies produce.

If you need to add a liquid element to make the puree even smoother, consider adding either organic virgin coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil. Fat content is important to baby’s growth and development, so adding an oil full of vitamins and chain fatty acids is better than adding water.

Once you have established that your child is not allergic to dairy, you can also add organic unsalted butter. Breast milk is full of fat, so don’t be concerned about the good fat content of butter, as it’s loaded with Vitamin A and essential fatty acids. Avoid margarine, however, due to its chemicals and preservatives. Add about ½ a teaspoon of either oil or butter to 2 ounces of food.

Butternut Squash

Four Flavors Your Baby Will Love: Homemade Baby Food for Fall

Remember – get all those seeds OUT of your squash before you send it to the blender.

The colors and bulbous shapes of fresh squash is one of the things we love about fall! Consider introducing baby to taste of a butternut squash.

1) Slice the squash in half.

2) Remove the seeds and fibrous flesh.

3) Brush with olive oil.

4) Turn oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and roast for 40-45 minutes. Test the squash to see if a knife goes through easily, ensuring it’s tender.

5) Blend in a food processor until silky smooth.

Consider adding coconut oil to loosen the consistency if need be.

Pears and Apples

Four Flavors Your Baby Will Love: Homemade Baby Food for Fall

That’s right – a little flavor won’t hurt your baby.

The scent of apple cider bubbling on the stove and the arrival of apple pies and pear tarts on our dining tables signal the arrival of apple and pear season! Share the sweet love with baby only after he or she has established eating vegetables.

1) Wash, peel and core 1-2 pounds of apples or pears.

2) Place into a medium sized saucepan with 2-3 inches of water in the bottom.

3) Boil the water, then reduce to simmer for 8-10 minutes until the fruit is soft and stewed.

4) The apples especially will create their own water as they cook, so don’t fear that they’ll dry out.

For an older and more adventurous baby, feel free to add a sprinkle of cinnamon on top of the apples. No harm in introducing flavor to babies early on!

Spinach

Four Flavors Your Baby Will Love: Homemade Baby Food for Fall

Adorable AND delicious!

Start them on greens early in life! Spinach is reserved for older babies, so don’t introduce this super green until around 8-10 months of age.

1) Wash and remove slimy and damaged leaves.

2) We recommend using only the leaves, so remove your spinach stems and place them into the compost bin.

3) Steam the spinach until the leaves wilt, and shrink.

4) Blend in a food processor until silky smooth.

Feel free to add the spinach to either the sweet potato or butternut squash for a colorful combination of nutrition.

What’s your favorite homemade fall baby food to make for your baby? Share with us below!

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