Registered nutritionist, founder of Sprout Right—a company that specializes in prenatal, postnatal and family nutrition—and all-around baby- and toddler-feeding guru Lianne Phillipson-Webb knows just what works when it comes to homemade first foods for your wee one. Here are her top tips for tasty baby food made easy.
1. A sharp knife and peeler makes light work of fruit and vegetable prep. You knife should feel comfortable in your hand and be the right size for the job. Use a paring knife for apples and pears, and a chef’s knife for squash and carrots.
2. Use an immersion blender to adjust texture of your puree. As your baby gets older, leave some lumps and bumps for more variety.
3. Add spices such as cinnamon, cumin, curry or paprika to simple purees to enhance nutrients and flavour.
4. Add mashed chickpeas, adzuki beans or lentils to recipes of combined vegetables for more fibre and protein.
5. Combine favourite foods with not-so-favourites to encourage variety. It can take up to 12 times trying a food for it to become a winner!
Ready to give it a try? Check out these 3 Easy Homemade Baby Food Recipes.