What Should I Feed My Baby? Winter Foods to Know

By Ebony Porter, January 12, 2016, Family, Green, Recipes

Winter calls for hearty meals that keep us warm on the inside while the temperatures cling to the cold on the outside. Stews, soups, and big pots of warm bubbling goodness soothe our souls as we stay nestled inside our homes out of colds way. When the cool weather has you craving things like vegetable soup, why not share these delicious winter flavors with baby?

The ideal time to purchase the produce for your seasonal homemade baby foods is when it appears at your local farmers market. This assures you of getting the most flavor, nutrition, and most beautiful bounty possible at this time of year, and you are supporting your community and spending your money close to home. Also, organic food grown close to home will always be best for you and baby, free of pesticides if grown organically, and super-fresh.

Please Note: Winter fruits include citrus and pomegranates, a palette of flavors that we don’t recommend for baby just yet.

Broccoli for Baby

What Should I Feed My Baby? Winter Foods to Know

This might be the best picture of a baby and broccoli you’ll ever see.

Broccoli and its cousin cauliflower grow in the coolest months of the year. Loaded with nutrition, broccoli can be gently steamed and prepared in a way that baby will love. Broccoli is best given to a baby already on the journey into solids – roughly around 8-10 months of age.

  1. Wash and chop the head of the broccoli, leaving the thick stems out.
  2. Steam broccoli for 6-7 minutes until a butter knife can be driven into it with ease.
  3. Push the broccoli through a fine mesh strainer, or place straight into the blender for a smooth puree.
  4. Broccoli produces quite a bit of water, so you shouldn’t need to add breast milk or formula to loosen it up.

Simple Winter Soups and Broths

What Should I Feed My Baby? Winter Foods to Know

Don’t be afraid of serving soup to your little one. Just make sure it’s not too hot!

There’s no harm in introducing baby to an amalgamation of vegetables in the form of a simple soup. Leave the onions out of your soup, but include things like carrots, peas, and potatoes. The vegetables will turn soft and become texture-ready to puree. By cooking your vegetables with this method, baby is gaining minerals from the soup broth, along with the vitamins from whatever vegetables you place in the soup.

If you are unfamiliar with bone broth, it’s time to get acquainted. The minerals extracted from the bones of a humanely raised animal or fish include calcium, magnesium, and potassium, to name a few. In a time when most of our meat cuts are void of bones, (think chicken breast and ground turkey), the bone broth pulls the gelatin out of the bones, which is excellent for our hair, skin, bones, and nails. Also think of making bone broth as a way of reusing what would normally be tossed in the garbage. Stretch your bones (pun intended!) as far as you can by transforming them into something delicious and nutritious.

Bone Broth for Baby

This simple broth is void of onions, thyme, or garlic, which are a few stringent ingredients that you would put into the broth if you were making it for your family and older children. Make a batch for baby, and then freeze what you don’t use. You can always defrost it when you need to make a soup down the line.

  • Take a package of organic chicken drumsticks, or the carcass of an organic roast chicken.
  • Place into a soup pot with 6-7 cups of filtered water.
  • Add a few ribs of organic celery, 2 organic carrots, and a teaspoon of sea salt.
  • Bring the water to a boil and then lower heat to gently bubble for 12 hours, or more if you are able.

Another great way to do this is in a slow cooker where you can let the broth do its magic for 24 hours. The longer you boil the bones, the better. When finished, strain the broth and reserve the liquid.

Easy Mashed Potatoes

What Should I Feed My Baby? Winter Foods to Know

That’s right, young lady – good mashed potatoes SHOULD put a smile on your face!

Winter is potato season! An easy way to prepare this food for both baby and the rest of the family is by peeling and boiling up a batch of potatoes. While you might season your mashed potatoes with sour cream, chopped fresh parsley, salt, and pepper, just set aside one potato just for baby. Push potato through a metal mesh strainer or into your food processor. Blend until super smooth. If you need liquid, add either formula or breast milk to loosen up the consistency.

How are you helping your baby this winter with seasonal homemade baby foods? Share with us below!

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