How to Serve Strawberries Year Round to Your BLW Baby

How to Serve Strawberries Year Round to Your BLW Baby

 

Berries are incredibly nutritious for your little one. They tend to be very high in antioxidants, providing a good source of many vitamins and minerals. However, due to their shape and size, they can be difficult to incorporate due to choking risk. This is where whole, large strawberries come in. They are full of vitamin C and magnesium, and are the perfect size for little hands and mouths. Seems like a win-win right?

 

Not exactly. I am going to be berry frank; off season strawberries in Montreal fall into two main categories, namely 1) Expensive and 2) Tasteless. Luckily, we can get past all this by purchasing frozen berries. Not only do they tend to be cheaper, but they are picked ripe and immediately flash frozen, to help lock in nutrients and flavour. Now that’s sweet!

 

Take a look this video to see a BLW infant enjoy a thawed frozen strawberry:

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How to Serve a Frozen Strawberry to Your BLW Baby

 

You want to begin by choosing frozen strawberries that are whole. When selecting a few fruits from the bag for your baby, make sure to choose large berries.

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You can save even more and help reduce food waste by trying “naturally imperfect” frozen fruits.

 

Of course, frozen strawberries would be difficult to eat as is, so it is important to thaw them. The best method is to do this overnight in the fridge. The slower they are thawed, the more intact they stay. That being said if you’re in a rush and need to defrost quickly, the texture is still appropriate. Place the whole defrosted strawberry on a tray and let your BLW infant dig in.

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Simply delicious!

 

Have you tried frozen fruit for your baby? Let us know in the comments below!

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How to Serve Kiwi to Your BLW Baby

How to Serve Kiwi to Your BLW Baby

Looking for a new fruit to serve your baby? Do you want your little one to experience something other than bananas and oranges while doing baby-led weaning? Why not give the kiwi a try! This fuzzy fruit is actually a berry, and pound for pound contains more vitamin C than oranges.

Ripe kiwi has the ideal texture for an infant just starting their real food journey. All that hairy skin comes in handy too. Not only is it edible, but it helps tiny hands get a good grip on an otherwise slippery fruit. Ki-Oui!

 

Watch this video to see how easy it is to prep kiwi for your BLW baby:

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How to Prepare Kiwi for Your BLW Baby

You want to start by choosing a soft and ripe kiwi. If the fruit is underripe, the white middle section can be tough for babies who are just starting to eat on their own.

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Gently press the skin of the kiwi; if it gives way, it is ripe!

 

Next you want to give the skin a gentle scrub under cold water. It is important that the skin is clean since it will without a doubt go into your curious baby’s mouth.

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Take a sharp knife and cut the kiwi into quarters with the skin on. Cut the end corners off each quarter to ensure none of the hard stem area is included.

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Remove the corners to make this kiwi BLW safe

 

Serve it just like that to your baby. If you find the middle section is still too tough, you can remove it before serving. If you don’t feel comfortable leaving the skin on and your baby does well without the skin, you can remove it. It’s just that the skin tends to help the kiwi slide less in their mouth. Your choice! Make sure you always supervise your baby when he or she is eating.

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The “key”-wi to your babies health is fresh, whole foods

 

Which fruits do you like serving to your BLW baby? Tell us in the comments below!

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How to Serve Hard Boiled Eggs to Your BLW Baby

How to Serve Hard Boiled Eggs to Your BLW Baby

Eggs are a nutritional superpower. They have 14 important nutrients that will help your baby develop, such as vitamins A, D and E, as well as folate, iron, zinc and choline. Not only that, but the protein they contain is of such high quality, that we use eggs as the standard for excellence for all other sources of protein. Wow! Check out my recipe below for the perfect hard boiled eggs for your baby led weaning baby.

Some of you may be thinking, well what about eggs being high in cholesterol? Surprisingly, the cholesterol in food has little impact on blood cholesterol and eggs are healthy for your baby to eat regularly. That being said, in order to be safe, it is important to cook the yolk thoroughly. This can take some trial and error and a lot of kitchen time, not to mention those grey, dry and overcooked yolks can crumble in baby’s mouth and be hard to handle. But don’t fret! To keep your brains from being scrambled, I have done all the work for you and am sharing my perfect recipe for hard, but not-too-hard-boiled eggs. 

 

Check out this video to see how easy it is to prep hard-boiled eggs for your BLW baby:

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How to Prepare Hard-Boiled Eggs the Baby-Led Weaning Way

Start by getting a large pot of water boiling on the stove. Make sure you have enough water to fully cover the eggs.

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Next, gently lower each egg into the water. Using a spoon to guide you can be very helpful. You want about 2 to 4 eggs per large pot.

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Use a spoon to help you place the eggs in the boiling water to avoid cracks.

 

The next step is a little surprising…it is time to turn off the heat! By leaving the pot on the same element and quickly placing a lid on, the heat stays within and the eggs cook gently.

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Make sure you put a tight fitting lid on quickly, to keep the heat in.

 

Leaving the eggs in the pot, start a timer for ten minutes. In the meantime, prepare a bowl with ice and water and set aside. Once the timer rings, gently retrieve the eggs and place in the ice bath, to help them cool rapidly.

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An ice water bath stops the eggs from overcooking and helps the peeling process.

 

After 5 minutes in the ice bath, remove the eggs and dry them with a cloth. To remove the shell, gently tap each end of the egg on a hard surface and peel carefully.

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Remove the shells over the sink to make for easy clean up.

 

Finally, you want to cut the hard boiled eggs into quarters to make it the perfect size for little BLW hands. You can store hard-boiled eggs in the fridge in a sealed container for up to one week.

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These hard boiled eggs are now perfectly cooked and the ideal size for little hands. Serve them on their own, or with a little spice to change it up and help introduce new flavours to your BLW baby!

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I think it is safe to say this egg is being thoroughly enjoyed

 

Do you have any tricks to make your hard-boiled eggs easier to peel? Let us know in the comment section below!

How to Serve Pancakes to Your BLW Baby

How to Serve Pancakes to Your BLW Baby

Golden, buttery stacks, dripping with syrup and served on a weekend when there is plenty of time for preparation and clean up. This is usually the image we see when we consider making pancakes for the family. Not only is this image not very BLW friendly, but spending a day off cleaning batter from the walls and syrup off the floors can seem less than appealing to busy parents.

Don’t take out your mops and wet-wipes quite just yet, because we have a recipe that might just change your mind. Fluffy, delicious and whipped up in just minutes, these two ingredient banana pancakes are a piece of (pan)cake to get on, and off, the table!

 

Take a look at this video to see how simple preparing pancakes for BLW baby can be:

 

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How to Prepare Banana Pancakes for Your BLW Baby

 

Take one large, very ripe banana and mash it in a bowl with a fork.

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Then, crack two eggs into the bowl. Mix them in with the banana and whisk until everything is well combined.

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Feel free to add ground cinnamon or nutmeg at this step.

 

Melt some oil or butter in a skillet over low to medium heat. Drop about 1 tablespoon worth of batter into the pan to make one perfect BLW sized pancake.

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Using a cast iron pan actually improves the iron content of this dish. I use my Lodge Cast iron pan to cook everything!

 

Flip the pancakes after one minute and brown on the other side for an additional minute. Remove from the pan gently.

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Try a thin layer of natural peanut butter for an added punch of nutrition.

 

Allow the pancakes to cool, serve to your BLW baby and watch them devour!

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Super soft and delectable!

 

Would you try making these not-just-for-the-weekend pancakes? Tell us in the comments section!

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Cherry tomato bites for babies

Cherry tomato bites for babies

 

Today I’m sharing a brand new recipe that I created for babies: Cherry Tomato Bites for Babies. It’s super simple with only a few ingredients. These cherry tomato bites can be served at any time of the day and can even be frozen and reheated to eat on the go. The texture is absolutely perfect for Baby Led Weaning (BLW).

 

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Lots of parents ask me why I use so many eggs in the recipes I create for babies. Here’s one reason: according to new research, feeding eggs to infants could provide them with key nutrients for better brains.

 

So, how do you prep these delicious cherry tomato bites for babies?

 

Here are the ingredients that I used to prep this recipe:

 

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Place 6 eggs in a bowl and add warm water.

 

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Beat the mixture until it’s foamy like this:

 

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Then, add spices and spinach with cheese (optional) and mix well. Add the sliced cherry tomatoes and bake in the oven.

 

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Ingredients

6 eggs

2 tbsp warm water

2 cloves of garlic

½ cup fresh basil (or 1 tbsp dried basil)

½ tsp ground pepper

1 cup spinach, chopped

1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese (optional)

12 cherry tomatoes, sliced

 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350F (175C) and line muffin tins. Place eggs in a large bowl and add water. Beat until foamy on high speed, about 2 minutes. Add garlic, basil, pepper, spinach and cheese. Mix well. Pour the mixture into 12 lined muffin tins and place the sliced cherry tomatoes on top of each bite. Bake in oven for 20 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

 

I want to know: will you serve these at breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack? Comment below!

 

 

 

How to Serve Baked Apples to Your BLW Baby

How to Serve Baked Apples to Your BLW Baby

In Quebec, apple season is a core part of being Quebecois. We are the second leading province in apple production, with over a dozen different homegrown varieties to choose from. Not only are they locally grown, but apples are also a high quality fruit, with Vitamin C, B vitamins, fiber and antioxidants.

So why don’t we use apples in BLW recipes? Despite their benefits, raw apples are the food that babies choke on the most. Luckily for you, I have found a solution to bring apples into your baby-led weaning repetoire: bake them until soft with spices reminiscent of apple pie. It is a very a-peeling alternative!

Watch this video to see how easy it is to prep baked apples for your BLW baby:

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How to Prepare Baked Apples for Your BLW Baby

Start off by preheating your oven to 350˚F. Choose four firm apples and peel each one. Cut each peeled apple into quarters and remove the core.

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Be careful to remove all the seeds, skin and hard core.

 

Each quarter should be cut again lengthwise, to give 8 pieces per apple. Put all the slices into a medium casserole dish.

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This is a perfect recipe if you want to keep the doctor away…but please invite the dietitian!

 

To the bowl, add about a teaspoon of cinnamon and a tablespoon of melted butter. Mix thoroughly and pop into the oven for about 40 minutes, or until tender.

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Feel free to substitute another oil for butter, or add other seasonings such as nutmeg or clove.

 

Remove the apples from the oven, let cool and serve a piece to your BLW infant. You’ll see how perfect the texture is for your little one right off the bat!

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Who doesn’t want a house that smells like fresh apple pie?

 

Would you consider adding apples back into your baby’s diet? Let us know in the comment section!

How to Serve Mango to Your BLW Baby

How to Serve Mango to Your BLW Baby

Canada in the winter is quite literally the exact opposite of tropical. It is often hard to believe that spring will ever come, with all the snow, frigid temperatures and unreliable groundhogs. Thankfully, I have a sure-fire way to know we are coming into spring: when the mangoes become plentiful and fragrant at my local grocery store.

Although available year-round, these tropical delights are the most delicious (and affordable) from May to September in Canada. Not only are they tasty, but mangoes boast 20 over different vitamins and minerals in each bite and have a texture that is just right for soft mouths. That means serving this sweet mango-nificient fruit to your BLW baby is a great choice… that is if you can keep yourself from gobbling it all up!

Take a look this video to see how easy it is to prep mangoes for your BLW baby:

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How to Prepare Mango for Your BLW Baby

Begin by selecting a mango that is ripe, so it is soft and tender for your little one. Press the skin gently, and it should give way under the pressure if it is ripe. Another trick is to smell the mango, close to the stem. If it is fragrant like the air of the tropics, it is ready to eat.

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Choose the right fruit and you won’t have to (man)go back to the grocery store

 

Give that mango a good scrub under cold running water. The skin helps baby grip this slippery fruit, so make sure it is squeaky clean.

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Take the mango and stand it upright with the stem down on a cutting board. Cut around the pit, leaving two large “cheeks” of mango.

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Cheeky!

 

Slice each cheek lengthwise, or about 4 to 5 slices per cheek. To reduce waste, you can also slice the remaining mango from the pit and enjoy.

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A slice of tropical heaven for your BLW baby.

 

Offer a slice to your baby-led weaning infant! Make sure to keep an extra keen eye on them, to make sure they don’t eat the peel accidentally.

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Shaking the winter blues one mango at a time.

 

What do you think about adding mango to your fruit repertoire for baby? Let us know in the comments below!

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How to Serve Bananas to Your Baby

How to Serve Bananas to Your Baby

Here at Nutrition for Baby, we are bananas about…. bananas! One of the world’s most popular fruits, it is actually considered a berry by classification (despite bearing little resemblance to our well known friends like the strawberry or blueberry).

No matter how it is classified, bananas are packed with potassium, fiber, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C. On top of that, they are the perfect texture for baby. But how do you serve a fruit that is so slippery it is known for sending the bad guys head over heels in Saturday morning cartoons? Well we have three options for you, and a magic solution to make managing this fruit easier for your little one.

Check out this video to see how easy it is to prep a banana for your baby:

 

How to Prepare Banana for your Baby: 3 Ways

First, start by giving the peel of the banana a good scrub. We will be using the skin to our advantage later on, so make sure it is good and clean!

 

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Next, cut the banana into thirds if it is a large banana, or into half if it is on the smaller side.

 

 

Using the section of the banana you can choose from three options! You can either:

  • Cut the peel off the top half of the banana portion and leave the bottom for a handle
Bananas come with a perfect handle for baby led weaning

 

  • Peel the portion and gently push on the banana until it comes apart into three sections
Bananas split easily into thirds with a bit of pressure

 

  • Peel half the skin vertically and leave the other half for baby to hold onto
Another way to serve to baby

 

How can we make the grip even better? Well here is my favourite trick; roll the banana in unsweetened shaved coconut! This also introduces fun new tastes and textures for baby to discover.

Whichever version you choose, you can roll it in coconut for better grip

 

The final product; delicious and nutritious for everyone in the family

Comment below on how YOU serve bananas to baby!

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Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

 

Want to try a different take on the “classic” banana pancake? Try my Baby Led Weaning-friendly apple cinnamon pancakes. This is the perfect recipe to add to your breakfast rotation.


In my household, banana-egg pancakes are a staple of our breakfast rotation. Why? Because they are simple and made with wholesome and nutritious ingredients. Eggs in particular are loaded with nutrients which babies need. Add some almond butter and apples to the mix, and your baby is in for a delicious, no sugar or salt added, grain-free treat.

 

This recipe couldn’t be any more simple to make. First, I mashed my bananas in a large bowl.

 

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Next, I grated the apple. As seen in this picture, you can leave the skin on the apple. It’s faster and the skin adds fibre to the pancakes.

 

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After that, I added the rest of the ingredients.

 

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I gave the ingredients a good stir until they were well combined. Then, I poured about ⅛ cup spoonfuls of batter onto a preheated pan. Once the pancakes started to bubble, I flipped them gently with a spatula. Please note that these pancakes do not have the same texture as pancakes made with wheat flour. Finally, I let them cool on a wire rack and enjoyed them immediately.

 

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Apple Cinnamon Pancakes Recipe

Makes 12 small pancakes

 

2 bananas, ripe, mashed
2 eggs
1/2 cup apple, grated (1 small apple or 1/2 medium apple)
2 tbsp (30 ml) almond butter, softened (or any other nut/seed butter)
1 tsp (5 ml) cinnamon
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) nutmeg
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) vanilla
1-2 tbsp (15-30 ml) cooking fat (coconut oil or unsalted butter)


In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Add all other ingredients and stir until well combined.

Melt the cooking fat in a skillet over low-medium heat. Carefully pour the batter into the pan, using approximately ⅛ cup for each pancake. Flip the pancake to cook the other side. Allow to cool before serving to your baby. Pancakes can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or the freezer for up to 6 months. To reheat, place pancakes in the oven on a lined baking sheet at 350°F (175°C) until warm.

 

Did you baby enjoy these apple-cinnamon pancakes?

 

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