Organic Baby Food Recipes for 10-12 mos. If you need more baby food ideas for natural baby food or another great baby food recipe or two, it's all here.....Pure and Simple!
Now that your baby has reached 10 months+ food preparation becomes easier. You don’t have to puree or mash the food anymore. Let your little one enjoy the textures now along with the flavors.
Also, don’t be disappointed if your baby won’t let you feed him or her anymore. This is around the time your little one is starting to feel more independent and wants to do things themselves.
It’s a fun and messy stage but it’s best to just embrace this time in your babies diet and enjoy it!! (don’t forget to take pictures!!)
Introduce new foods one at a
time using the 4 day rule and consult with your pediatrician if your baby shows
any signs of food allergies and remember, it's important to serve your little organic baby food.
Do not use a microwave oven for cooking or thawing your baby's food...see Microwave Ovens for more information.
Strawberries/Berries - The reason it is recommended to wait before introducing strawberries in your baby's diet is the common reaction with little ones.
Itching or a rash around the mouth is common with more severe yet rare cases of swelling in the throat.
Strawberries can also cause hives elsewhere on the body and some parents find that giving their children strawberries can cause the symptoms of asthma and eczema to worsen.
Also known to cause nappy/diaper rash due to the acidity in the fruit.
Buying Strawberries - First of all, please know in the organic world, strawberries are known as one of the dirty dozen.
What this means
is, if you don't buy organic just know washing this fruit will not get rid of
the pesticides. Pesticides are absorbed and stored in this fruit.
For more information go to the Dangers of Pesticides
If you can't
grow organic strawberries for your organic baby food recipes or find them in your local store, look for frozen
organic strawberries....it's about organic baby food!!
Baby Food Ideas - Your little one will enjoy this fruit alone but first cut off the green and stems before they begin mauling the fruit.
are also a nice addition to yogurt, cottage cheese, cereals, pancakes and added
to other fruits like sliced bananas, makes for a special treat.
Also great in a blender for a smoothie which can also be frozen for a delicious popsicle. You probably have more baby food ideas as well.....just make sure your baby doesn't have a reaction using the 4 day rule.
shelf life varies depending how fresh you buy them, watch for mold. Remember, you can always freeze
in a freezer bag, so many ways to use in your baby's diet.
Benefits - In addition to Vitamin C, strawberries also provide an excellent source of vitamin K and manganese, as well as folic acid, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin B5, vitamin, vitamin B6, copper, magnesium (which is great for the bones) and Omega-3 fatty acids. As other fruits, also good for the eyes!
Citrus - As you can probably guess, it's common citrus fruits cause allergies and food sensitivity reactions such as diaper rash, hives and even wheezing.
This is a good reason to wait until 1 year of age as well, it's also not easy to eat (chew) the citrus membrane for a younger baby.
Buying Citrus - Of course I'm going to say fresh and organic for your organic baby food recipes is the best!!
Baby Food Ideas - Simple orange and other citrus slices are probably the favorite way to enjoy, juicy and fun!!
can be added to other fruits, juiced to drink, juice added to veggies to
sweeten up a bit, even good with a little juice added to chicken. There's many baby food recipes you can slip either the juice or fruit in.
Shelf life is better than most fruit and provides great juicing/freezing option as well.
know citrus is high in vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant that protect
us from free radicals. Also the flavonoids which is also an
antioxidant that protects against cancer cells, heart disease and aids in
circulation. A good source of potassium and foliate. (also great for the skin!)
Grapes - Grapes do not pose an allergy risk but parents should be concerned about their baby choking on grapes. The combination of the grapes skin and the size of the fruit is a choking hazard.
Buying Grapes - According to the EWG,
grapes are one of the "dirty dozen" foods that are most highly
contaminated with pesticides - especially avoid grapes (fruit) from
Latin and South America since these countries use the most dangerous
pesticide that are banned in other countries.
Grapes have a thin, delicate skin that quickly become bruised and soft. Grapes should be consumed in a few days. When buying grapes if they're falling off their vine, they're overly ripe and not a good choice.
Obviously I think you should buy organic but also buy seedless for your little one.
Baby Food Ideas - If you want to skin and chop the grapes there's no reason not to introduce the fruit at a younger age. Otherwise, it's best to wait until they're a year old, still would be best to at least cut in quarters.
Health Benefits - Grapes contain flavonoids that may be responsible for heart health and protecting against "bad" cholesterol. Grapes are also packed with antioxidants but it is the red or darker skinned grapes that contain the most antioxidants.
Grapes are thought to have an antibiotic property as well as the ability to help prevent arterial clogging and promote heart health.
Pineapple - Pineapple isn't a common allergen fruit but it is very acidic. Both pineapple and pineapple juice can cause diaper rash and other reactions.
Babies have sensitive and delicate skin that can react to strong acids. It's best to wait 10-12 months, starting with a little at a time.
Buying Pineapple - Of course there's nothing like a perfect fresh pineapple. The shell should be firm, if there is any soft spots, pass. Also avoid any that are leaking, another sign of overly ripe.
Pineapples do not continue to ripen after being picked, they only go bad so choose carefully.
Baby Food Ideas - You can buy whole pineapple slicing it as you wish or you can buy it already cut in chunks or spears. Be careful if you're baby is gnawing on the fruit, the fibrous texture can pose a choking hazard.
Health Benefits - Along with vitamin C and many other vitamins and minerals pineapple contains bromelain. Bromelain aids in digestion, breaks up mucus, natural cough suppressant and reduces the risk of blood clots.
Beets - Because they contain more nitrates than the average vegetable, it's best to wait until 10 months+ to introduce. High levels of nitrates can cause your baby to become anemic. Use moderation but don't avoid, beets are a very healthy addition to the diet and make a wonderful addition to your organic baby food recipes.
Buying Beets - Fresh organic beets are recommended. You can buy in bunches with the tops and leaves or just the roots. Beets should be firm and rich in color. Avoid those that have rough spots, the texture could be tough.
Baby Food Ideas - Boil beets for 30 minutes if they're small, 45 minutes if larger. Cool promptly in cold water and cut into slices, julienne strips or cubes. Great for eating plain or adding to dishes with rice, chicken, etc.
Health Benefits - Beets contain magnesium, sodium calcium, iron, niacin and phosphorous along with being a fiber food rich in vitamins A and C. Also a great source of folic acid which helps produce new cells and boost the immune system.
Bell Pepper - The only reason for waiting is the flavor - it may seem too hot for your baby's taste buds. If you wait until 10 months then introduce the sweeter ones, (red, yellow, orange) you'll have a much greater chance of success. Green peppers are not as sweet with a more bitter and hot flavor.
Buying Peppers - Choose organic peppers with deep vivid colors and taut skin free of wrinkles or spots.
Baby Food Ideas - After washing, slice in half and remove seeds. Your baby may like fresh slices of the pepper to eat plain. If not, you can cut it finely and mix with other vegetable and meat combinations.
Health Benefits - Great source of fiber and rich in vitamin C and A which is great for your vision and skin.
Celery - Celery is o.k. for babies at 8 months if cooked to a soft texture. To eat celery raw the strings can be a challenge and should wait until at least 10 -12 months.
Buying Celery - Celery is also on the list of the dirty dozen (most pesticide residue) so it's important to buy organic. Look for fresh and firm, thick stocks, medium green in color.
Baby Food Ideas - Wash well, cut according to preference and steam or sautee if you want it cooked or just eat fresh. Great in many recipes like stuffing, soups, stews and stir fry recipes.
Health Benefits - Excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, calcium, folic acid and vitamins B6 and B1. Also a great fiber source. Pretty impressive for almost 0 calories!!
Onion - The main reason for waiting to introduce onions is because the affect that they may have on baby's digestion. A small amount of cooked onion can be mixed with foods at this time.
Onions - white, yellow, red, green, it doesn't matter. They all cause gas and should be introduced a little at a time and cooked.
Health Benefits - A great antioxidant, contains polyphenols, anti-inflammatory properties, good source of vitamin C and offers protection against bacterial infections. Good for the heart as well!!
Spinach - The reason to wait to introduce spinach is because it's considered an oxalate food and a nitrate food.
Buying Spinach - Considered one of the dirty dozen so please buy organic. If you can't find fresh organic spinach, look for frozen organic. It's important to keep it organic baby food.
Baby Food Ideas - Steaming is probably the best but you can also saute with a little olive oil. Cook until wilted and soft.
Health Benefits - Spinach is very high in vitamin K, A, C and folate.
Flaxseed - Flax is a natural laxative so it's best to wait before introducing to your little one, however....it's great for treating constipation. Since a little goes a long way, 3 teaspoons spread out over the day is probably safe.
Buying Flax - You can buy Flax Seeds, Flax Meal, which is finely ground Flax Seed or Flax Oil. Do not buy the oil with intentions of cooking with it, it is not for cooking. Of course, organic is the way to go!!
Baby Food Ideas - You can sprinkle it on anything you serve your baby but best adding to the cereal, yogurt, pancakes, etc. Store in the refrigerator
Health Benefits - Packs a powerhouse punch of, Omega 3 oils, Lignans & Fiber!!!
Rice Noodles/Pasta - Your baby is ready to chew noodles now but long spaghetti should still be cut to not choke on. Rice is also a good option so your baby doesn't get an over load of flour products.
Buying Noodles - There's a great variety available on the store shelves now but again, I highly recommend organic, it's important to keep GMO's out of our diets especially the little bodies!! What is GMO's It's also important to prepare organic baby food recipes as much as possible.
Baby Food Ideas - Cook according to the direction. Best to add to vegetables and meat dishes for your baby, most love the noodles in their dinners.
Health Benefits - Folic acid, potassium, low in saturated fat, rich in carbs - in moderation a great addition to the diet.
Rice Cakes - These are easy to choke on so best to wait until this age of 10-12 months.
Buying Rice Cakes - There's a variety on the store shelves, probably best to start your baby with plain and the most healthy choice you can make.
Health Benefits - There really isn't enough to mention. Rice cakes are good for snacking because they satisfy the need to crunch preventing unhealthy choices. I would consider it more of a snack to occupy your baby. Just make sure you're keeping an eye on your little one always when eating so you'll know if there is any choking.
Beef - Actually there's conflicting opinions on when to introduce meat to your baby. Some say it's o.k. after 6 months. I prefer to error on the side of caution and also believe meat needs to be chewed well.
Buying Beef - Choose organic lean, roast or ground beef. Baking or roasting is the healthiest method.
Baby Food Ideas - You can add small bite sizes of the beef with vegetables for a delicious and healthy meal. Casseroles such as Shepherds Pie or any other favorites that aren't too spicy or rich will be a real treat!
Health benefits - Beef is a great source of both protein and iron along with folate, calcium, B vitamins and minerals.
As you know, your baby is growing, developing and changing almost daily. Your baby's diet plays a very important role in their development. These organic baby food recipes 10-12 months are meant to provide the strength and nutrition they need.
I hope you both enjoy eating healthy and all the benefits it brings!
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