Maybe you're short on time or maybe your baby is refusing to eat that gourmet meal you spent his entire nap making. Whatever it is, here's a quick go-to list of snacks or meals you can whip together in a snap.
Avocado is highly nutritious and filling. Mash it up to your desired consistency or just cut in half and scoop it out like a yoghurt cup! You can also mix in some plain yogurt to make it creamier.
Steamed Pear with cinnamon
Cut a pear in half, remove core. Place facing upwards in a steamer basket. Let steam for approximately 10 minutes. Scoop it out and place in a bowl. Sprinkle a touch of cinnamon on top. Using a knife cross cross cut the pear flesh without puncturing the skin. Let cool and serve. You can do the same with apple.
Steamed Apple or Pear with blueberries
Using the same technique as above, steam a pear or apple. In the last few minutes of cooking time add blueberries on top of the pear or apple half. The blueberry juices will soak into the apple or pear giving it a nice new flavour.
Note: apple can make a baby constipated while pear will help move things along. Choose your fruit depending on your baby's needs.
I have posted a few smoothie recipes on the blog. You can use any of these for your baby. If the recipe suggests honey you'll need to omit that if your baby is under 12 months old.
Steamed Carrot Sticks
Steam some fresh carrots. If your baby is into stacking, cut them into strips and stack away while you snack! If you show her how to stack sticks she may try to copy you.
Peal a apple and using a cheese grater, shred the apple into a bowl. This is a good food for babies who are okay with chunkier foods. You can sprinkle with cinnamon to add a twist.
This list would not be complete without banana. Peal the banana and use a spoon to scoop bite size portions. No need to mash. Don’t overuse banana as this can also cause constipation
When feeding your baby chunkier foods remember that cutting foods in strips versus cubes reduces the choking hazard as lengthwise strips will go down easier.