Providing proper nutrition to infants is extremely important as nutrition is the only thing that serves for their overall development and functioning. Their growth and their resistance to many diseases depends on the food they eat. Many times babies cannot keep up the food in their stomach as some of them are sensitive to even a little bit of processed food. In such cases, homemade recipes come to the rescue! Believe me.
Homemade baby food is far more beneficial than the food you buy in stores as you know what ingredients it is exactly made up of. You can prepare it as per your child’s taste preferences and the best thing about homemade baby food is that it is made fresh and costs way less than the packaged food. As the food is homemade, it is totally satiating and satisfying for your baby. Keep reading to learn 5 best homemade baby food recipes for your little one.
1. Breakfast cereal –
You can prepare a healthy breakfast for your baby by using brown rice. As we all know, brown rice is highly nutritious, it is a great option to feed your baby in the morning. Babies are generally less allergic to brown rice and can digest it easily. Here’s the recipe for brown rice cereal.
- Take some brown rice and make it into a powder form in a blender.
- Take the powder in a small pan and add water.
- Boil it on the stove.
- Lower the flame and cook for 20 minutes with a lid on the top.
- Cook until the desired consistency is achieved.
- Cool it and you can store it in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- You can also use oats instead of brown rice for this recipe.
2. Sweet potato puree (baked) –
Sweet potato is popular around the world for its delicious flavour, especially when it is baked. It is loaded with fiber and is rich in antioxidants as well. By having sweet potato, your baby can get rid of any harmful toxins and can prevent any infection risk. Here goes the recipe.
- Take a couple of sweet potatoes and boil them in water.
- After boiling for some time, check with a fork if they are soft and can be mashed easily.
- Take out the potatoes and let them cool for a couple of minutes.
- Remove the peel and cut them into two halves.
- Blend them in a blender or just mash them with a masher.
- Add a little bit of baby milk for better taste and texture.
3. Banana quinoa mash –
Banana is a favourite food for almost every child as I have never seen a child saying no to it. But why to feed banana alone when you can add extra nutrition to your child’s favourite food. Your child needs enough amount of protein for healthy functioning and development of their body. Quinoa is the protein dense food and second ingredient needed to make banana quinoa mash and this is how it’s done.
- Cook a bowl of quinoa in water at first.
- Take a banana and mash it in a bowl.
- Add cooked quinoa and to the banana mash bowl.
- Add a little bit of yogurt or milk to get the perfect consistency.
- Mix it well.
- You can also add a pinch of cinnamon for extra flavour.
4. Wheat and apple porridge –
Wheat can be taken in several forms by adults but our foods can be difficult to digest for babies. Wheat is a fiber rich food and has a wide range of vitamins and minerals in it and it gluten free as well. Making a porridge out of wheat and apple can be a great way of adding tasty nutrition to their diet. Here comes the recipe.
- Take some wheat flour and boil it in water for a few minutes.
- Let it cool down in a bowl after it has reached the desired consistency.
- Take half an apple and mash it.
- Add the mashed apple to the bowl and mix well.
- You can also go for other fruits like papaya, pear, chikoo etc to get different flavours each time.
5. Finger millet malt –
Millets are popular for their nutritional value and exist in different forms. The finger millet is one of a kind and is rich in iron content. Iron is needed by your child to improve their immunity, reduce tiredness and boost haemoglobin levels. But be sure your child is older than 6 months before you feed them this porridge. Let’s get through the recipe now.
- Take some finger millet flour in a bowl and mix it well with water.
- On the stove, boil some water and add a pinch of salt to it.
- After sometime, add the finger millet paste into the bowl on the stove slowly with continuous stirring.
- Mix well until you get the consistency that is good enough for the baby to eat.
Try tasting these recipes yourself first to see which one your baby will love the most. I am pretty sure all of them have their own strong points and unique taste. But it’s also important to see your baby’s reaction after you choose which one to feed. Homemade baby foods will definitely make your baby’s immune system strong and keep them healthy!