More food-tasting for Dana in the past 2 weeks. Menu includes:
1. Pear Puree
2 ripe pears (eg: Peckham Pears)
1. Cut and decore pears
2. Deskin the pears and cut into smaller pieces
3. Steam the pears for about 10mins
4. Blend the steamed pears to a smooth puree.
Dana’s Rating: “Taste weird” 🙁
Mummy’s Comment: Pears may taste slightly bitter after steaming so best to mix it into baby’s fav cereal or add a little of baby’s milk into puree before feeding.
2. Banana Puree
The Goodness of Bananas:
Bananas are full of slow-release sugars which provide sustained energy. They make a perfect baby recipe as they are portable and come in their own easy to peel packaging. They are also good for the treatment of diarrhoea and constipation. Bananas are often called one of nature’s perfect foods because they are said to contain everything a person needs to survive.
When can I introduce Bananas to my baby?
Bananas may be introduced to your baby as early as 4 months old. Besides all of the above fantastic healthy qualities, bananas are the one of the best convenience foods. They come in their own jackets and there is no need to wash them; simply peel & eat!
How to Make Mashed Bananas:
1. Peel and cut a ripe banana into small dices
2. Mash with a fork
**There should be no need to use a machine as bananas, just like avocados, will have a very soft consistency and texture. Bananas do not need to be cooked.
Dana’s Rating: “Don’t really fancy it” 🙁
Mummy’s Comment: Bananas brown easily and are not suitable for freezing/storing. Best to only mash it right before baby’s feeding time. Am surprised that Dana doesn’t like bananas as we bought small organic baby ones that were really sweet.
3. Sweet Potato Puree
The Goodness of Sweet Potatoes:
The nutritional value of sweet potatoes cannot be ignored! They are high in Vitamin A and beta carotene as well as potassium. They also contain a good amount of Vitamin E, calcium and folate. Sweet Potatoes ranked higher than carrots in terms of vitamins & minerals!
When can I introduce Sweet Potatoes to my baby?
These wonderful vegetables are a great first baby foods as they are packed full of nutrients, highly palatable and due to their fiber content, help digestive tract and bowel health.
Dana’s Rating: “Yummylicious!”
Mummy’s Comment: Bought Sweet Potatoes with Purple flesh. Love its luscious purple colours after pureeing and tastes like ‘Yam-Paste’, delicious indeed!
4. Avocado Puree
Avocados are sometimes thought of as a vegetable but they are actually a fruit and contain more nutrients than any other fruit – perfect for weaning baby. They are also rich in monounsaturated fat, the ‘good type’ of fat which helps prevent heart disease. The high calorie content of avocado makes it a good food for growing babies. Avocado is a great source of the free radical fighting antioxidant vitamin E, which also boosts the immune system. Avocado is easy to digest.
1 small avocado
1. Cut a small avocado in half
2. Remove the stone, scoop out the flesh and mash together with a little of your baby’s usual milk.
Dana’s Rating: “Yucks!” 🙁
Mummy’s Comment: Perhaps I was overly-ambitious to have made this as the 1st fruit puree for Dana. She wasn’t ready for the new taste and texture of purees then. Shall try again.