Nutrition experts Karen Knight, RN, and Tina Ruggierio, MS, RD, LD, have written a book that is filled with delicious, easy to make homemade baby food recipes that will save parents time, effort and money—while providing important peace of mind that comes with knowing the ingredients.
The book is not only packed with great recipes, it also has tips for making feeding time easier and more fun, and (if you don’t mind us saying) some really adorable photos of babies. Here are some great tips for handling a baby who doesn’t like a certain type of food, plus a recipe for a tasty and healthy peach and banana dish.
What to Do When Your Child Refuses Food
When your child exhibits a strong dislike for a certain food, accept it without any fuss. Foods with similar nutritional content can be substituted. Offer the refused food again after a few days, and you may find that you infant’s tastes have changed.
In addition, do not verbally reinforce your child’s dislike of food. Psychologically, this may cause him to resist trying it again at a later time. Also, be aware that if family members are fussy eaters, their rejection of many foods may be modeled to the child, so try to keep everyone in a positive state of mind and don’t make a big fuss about food rejection. Be patient and try introducing the food again at another time.
When introducing a rejected food for another try—or any food at all—start with a very tiny portion. Your baby may initially look at it, feel it, or just smell it. This is all part of the learning process. Some children reject all foods of a certain texture, so it may help to combine a soft food with a chewy food. The color and attractiveness of food influences appetites as well.
Mix the colors of vegetables to make them more appealing, for example, by combining small pieces of cauliflower, broccoli, and yellow squash. Most of all, have fun! If you’re enjoying the experience, your baby is certain to as well.
Peach and Banana Whip (Recommended for babies at seven months)
Peaches can have either a white or yellow flesh; those with white flesh tend to be sweeter and less acidic. Either variety will work, though, as long as they’re ripe.
- 1 small ripe peach
- 2 tablespoons (28 g) mashed, ripe banana
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) breast milk or formula
MICROWAVE METHOD: Halve and pit the peach. Place it cut sides down on a microwave on high 1 minute. When cool enough to handle, remove the skin. Puree the peace and banana in a blender. Remove and whisk in the breast milk or formula with a fork.
YIELD: 3 baby servings, 2 heaping tablespoons (30 to 40 g) each
EACH SERVING CONTAINS: 31.9 calories; 0.4 g total fat; 0.1 grams saturated fat; 0.7 mg cholesterol; 1.0 mg sodium; 7.5 g carbohydrates; 0.9 g dietary fiber; 0.5 g protein; 2.1 mg calcium; 0.2 mg iron, 116.9 IU vitamin A; and 4.1 mg vitamin C.
The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet was nominated for the 2012 International Association of Culinary Professionals annual Cookbook Awards competition. Considered the gold standard among cookbook awards and widely lauded as the most selective in the industry, the IACP has been presenting its cookbook awards for more than 25 years to promote quality and creativity in culinary writing and publishing. Past nominees include Julia Child, Mark Bittman, and Thomas Keller, among others.
Food Made with Love Is Food You Can Trust!
Preparing simple, homemade food in the comfort of your own kitchen is one of the greatest gifts you can give your little one. Not only does it allow you to nourish your child with the most pure and wholesome ingredients, but it also gives you the peace of mind of knowing what has gone into every bite your baby takes.
Full of recipes to suit every age and stage—from six months all the way to twenty-three months—The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet shows you how simple and easy it is to prepare food your baby will go absolutely ga-ga for. From quick purées like Mighty Tasty Blueberry and Pear Mash and No-Cook Prune Purée, to new and nourishing meals like Sweet Omelet Surprise and Finger-Lickin’ Good Lentils and Potato with Cheese, you’ll find it a breeze to prepare any and all of the recipes you and your little one fancy.
And to make things even more easy-peasy, you’ll find each recipe also contains:
- Two methods for preparation-stovetop or microwave-wherever applicable, so you can whip up recipes in whatever time you have. Many microwave options make it possible for meals to be made in less than 10 minutes.
- An easy-to-spot snowflake icon on all recipes suitable for freezing, so you can make baby’s meals at your convenience, or in batches, to save time and money.
- A complete nutritional analysis, so you can be sure you’re giving your child the best possible start.
Make your own super-delicious, super-nutritious homemade baby food today—it’s guaranteed to be the best thing that’s ever crossed the high chair!