Yummy Spoonfuls for Baby

For little eaters with tiny tummies, each and every bite counts from the standpoint of nutrition. We’re encouraging our littlest one to eat what we eat — from Indian curry, to Chinese steamed fish, to tangy tomatillo salsa. He hasn’t reached the inevitable picky eater phase yet so mealtime is a lot of fun. And I’m finding it’s a two way street — the care we’re taking to make sure he gets a rainbow of fruits and vegetables and lots of healthful whole grains is spilling over onto our family table.

He recently had the chance to try some of the products from Yummy Spoonfuls which you can find in the freezer section at Whole Foods. These are definitely the next best thing to homemade, and maybe even better since they contain tried and true favorites like peas, carrots and pears as well as more adventurous ingredients like adzuki beans, parsnips, millet and quinoa. We love that they are organic, contain no fillers and are made in three different textures (creamy, mushy, chunky) to match a baby’s developmental stages. Having a stash of these is a lifesaver when life gets busy — so great for grab and go meals as well as a quick “mix-in” to baby-ize whatever’s on our table. Good stuff!

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I’m excited to share two delish recipes that any baby is sure to love from Agatha, mom, healthy eating advocate and founder of Yummy Spoonfuls. She’s also shared some great tips for making smart nutritional choices. Buon Appetito!

Scrumptious Potatoes & Leeks

Creamy Yummy (Stage 1). Good source of fiber, folate, manganese, vitamin A, C, K.

  • 2 cups organic potato (peeled and cut into small cubes)
  • 1 cup water or home made unsalted vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoon organic extra virgin cold pressed olive oil
  • 1 organic leek (open and washed well, use white stalk only) chopped.
  • ½ cup organic frozen peas (check label to make sure there is no salt added and also that it is made in the USA)

Add olive oil to pan, add leeks and sauté for about 5 minutes while stirring. Add potato and water (or stock) and cover. Cook for about 9 minutes, add the frozen peas and continue cooking  for about 6 more minutes or until they are all soft. Puree to the right consistency for your baby.  For a creamy texture, use a food mill and for a mushy texture use a food processor.
Delectable Quinoa & Chicken

Mushy Yummy (Stage 2). Good source of protein from both the chicken & quinoa, beta-carotene, iron and folate. This is a great meal especially if your baby needs a very high protein diet.

  • ½ cup organic quinoa
  • 1 cup water or homemade unsalted chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoon organic extra virgin cold pressed olive oil
  • ¼ cup organic leaks (open, washed, chopped, use white stalk only)
  • ¼ cup organic carrot (peeled, washed, diced)
  • ¼ cup organic parsnip (peeled, washed, diced)
  • 2oz organic boneless chicken breast  (washed, diced)

Add olive oil to pan, add leeks, chicken and sauté for about 5 minutes while stirring. Add carrot, parsnip and stir for one minute. Add water (or stock) and cover. Bring to a boil , add quinoa and cook for about 15  minutes (or until quinoa is nice and fluffy  – like rice – and there is no extra water in the pan). Cool food in a shallow pan in a cooler/freezer and puree to the right consistency for your baby.

A note on our recipes:

Make sure the food you feed your baby doesn’t have any added flour.  Flour is mostly used to thicken the food to help mask all of the water added. Do not feed babies ‘empty nothing.’ Make every bite count. Whenever you want to feed something to your baby ask yourself, “what nutritional role is that little bite going to play?” Remember that every bite your baby takes is a nutritional opportunity for you to nourish your baby with the very best.

-Make sure your baby’s diet is sufficient with good calories, protein, calcium, veggies, fruits, whole grains and other complex carbohydrates

-Feed babies food that satisfies more than one nutritional requirement i.e. wholegrain will satisfy the need for complex carbohydrates and iron

-Do not feed babies ‘empty nothing’, make every bite count.

– If you cannot make your own food, please make sure you look at the label closely and identify every ingredient and its role.

You might also like these yummy, baby-approved recipes: Spiced-Up Orange Baby Foods, Baby’s First Ratatouille, Fruit and Juice Wigglers, Make Your Own Instant Oatmeal, Becky’s Carrot-Zucchini Muffins, Raw Apple Muffins