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Recipes: Homemade Baby Food Purees
Posted By Pooja Mottl On June 19, 2013 @ 11:50 am In Family Health, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | No Comments
Just as our grown-up taste buds are programmed to enjoy glorious, nourishing foods from Mother Nature, so are our babies’ ! Babies have a hardwired fondness for sweet tastes from the moment they enter the world. Their first sweet stop? Mother’s milk. From there, usually sometime after six months, babies begin to eat “solids,” which gives us parents  an opportunity to guide their taste buds in a way that will allow them to explore and experiment with a broad range of flavors. The goal? By showing them what true, natural flavor really is, babies  have a chance to fall in love – on their own – with foods that love them back!
Although pre-made fruit purees, mashes and juices abound, there are other delicious ways to tempt our little ones while at the same time broadening their palates  and helping them to discover savory, spicy, bitter and other kinds of tastes. And freshness, in and of itself, guarantees better flavor than anything we can find in a can or jar. Bottom line: The more flavor, the more your baby will fall in love.
Here below I’ve shared some homemade baby food purees (suitable for about nine months and older) that bring a lot of discovery into baby’s first bites. I’ve chosen carrots and roasted peppers as the base of these purees, as they still deliver the sweetness that Baby wants, yet in a more subtle way compared to fruits. By adding in fresh herbs  such as thyme and coriander that have fragrant, distinctive flavors, as well as leeks, which have a more refined and sweet flavor than their cousin, the onion, Baby gets a chance to learn how to fall in love with whole, natural flavors the way nature intended, setting him or her on the path to enjoy these foods for life.
Enjoy your baby gourmand!
Yield: Approximately four 4-ounce servings
Total time: 15 minutes
Yield: Approximately two 4-ounce servings
Total time: 45 minutes
What grown-up flavors does your baby love? Share them in the comments section below!
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