A study by Coulthard et al. (2010) found that babies that were given more home-cooked fruits and vegetables at 6 months were more likely to eat fruit and vegetables when they were 7 years old.
Homemade First Foods
First foods (vegetables and fruits) don’t have to be difficult to make and the process for making them is pretty much the same…wash, peel, cube, boil/steam and puree.
The recipe below for carrots can also be used for sweet potato, potato, apples, pears, suede, parsnip, courgette, cauliflower and broccoli. For butternut and pumpkin you need to remove the seeds and it will be easier to steam the cubes with the skin on. Once boiled they are easier to peel!
Avocado and Banana don’t need to be cooked, just mashed very well with a fork and then you can add milk to make it runny.
Take 100g of carrots, wash, peel and cube them. Place them in a saucepan with a little boiling water, cover and simmer for approximately 10 minutes or until tender. Keep an eye on the carrots and stir occasionally. Drain and puree with a little of your cooking water to get a smooth consistency. Some water soluble vitamins do leach into the cooking water and it would be a shame to lose them. You can also choose steaming or microwaving instead of boiling to soften the vegetables/fruit.
Make up batches and pop into ice cube trays. When frozen, pop the cubes into clean plastic bags and you have many meals ready to go.
Defrost only as much as you need and then add some cool boiled water or your baby’s usual milk to get the right consistency.
TOP TIP: To make it even easier, cook extra vegetables when you are making dinner and puree these.
Coulthard H., Harris G., Emmett P (2010) Long-term consequences of early fruit and vegetable feeding practices in the United Kingdom. Public Health Nutrition: 13(12), 2044–2051