As your child begins the lifelong discovery of nourishment your smart choices will help form healthy habits that will guide them to strong and happy lives.
Author of "Into the Mouths of Babes" Susan Tate tells us about some basic ways to begin the solid food journey and ways to incorporate that with full family meals along with a few tricks to make the job easier on everyone.
Into the Mouths of Babes
2–3 tablespoons ripe, peeled avocado
Mash with fork or blend with a baby food grinder. You can add breast milk or formula to make it thinner for the first few feedings.
(SEVEN TO NINE MONTHS)
2 cups chopped fresh vegetables (choose from carrots, green beans, peas, or squash)
1½ cups water
In a saucepan, bring water to a boil under the steamer basket. Wash vegetables and place in steamer basket. Check water level to be sure water is not touching vegetables. Cover and steam until tender (usually about 10 minutes if vegetables are cut small). Puree in blender along with cooking water. Serve warm. Freeze remainder in ice cube trays.
(TEN TO TWELVE MONTHS)
QUINOA & VEGETABLES
¾ cup boiling water
⅓ cup quinoa (or bulgur)
2 tablespoons grated zucchini
2 tablespoons grated carrot
1 tablespoon shredded cheese (optional)
If you are using quinoa, rinse it first. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Sprinkle quinoa (or bulgur), zucchini, and carrot into water and stir gently. Cover and simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. Blend through baby food grinder. Sprinkle with cheese and stir. Serve warm.
For more information about Susan Tate and her book go to www.susantate.org