Babies like a little flavor. I mean, how would you like bland purees day in and day out? If you...
Babies like a little flavor. I mean, how would you like bland purees day in and day out? If you haven't ever made homemade baby food read this handy guide: How to make quick and healthy homemade baby food. Then add some spices or herbs - here are some basic baby rules when adding spices to homemade (or jarred) baby food...
- Go by the single food item rule for spices. For example, your baby should only have carrots for a couple of days before you give her pears. This allows you to see if a food allergy pops up. Follow this same rule for spices and herbs. Don't add both mint and cilantro to your baby's food, until you know she can have both.
- When using fresh herbs, make sure you chop them up small.
- When using dried herbs and spices a tiny pinch is all you need. A little dried spice goes a long way. I wouldn't use more than 1/8 teaspoon of any herb or spice per 1/2 cup baby food.
- Some herbs and spices have added benefits for your baby. Mint and ginger can sooth a sore tummy and nutmeg has been shown to calm your mood. See more health benefits of herbs and spices.
- Avoid the hot spices until your baby is older. Hot pepper and mustard seed aren't the best additions to baby food.
- Add cinnamon or nutmeg to pumpkin, apples, or pears.
- Add mint to peas, potatoes, or berries.
- Add lemongrass to broccoli and carrots.
- Add cilantro to melon or avocado.
- Add ginger to lentils, bananas, or apples.