Top 3 Baby Foods (With Easy Recipes!)
Updated: Jan 29, 2020
At 6 months old, a baby's requirement for iron and zinc are greater than what breastmilk can provide. Breastmilk should still be a baby's main source of food and nutrition, but the solid foods a baby is eating should prioritize iron and zinc.
Note: if you are unable to breastfeed, I highly recommend Mt. Capra's homemade goat milk formula kit. I spoke to them at the Nutritional Therapy Association conference when I was pregnant and picked up a formula kit to have for us just in case we needed it. They are incredibly knowledgeable and even have a support group online. The kit also saves money over time, since some ingredients will last a very long time and don't need replenished often.
While baby food and grains are often fortified with iron, very little of that is bioavailable and even less gets actually gets absorbed by the baby. It's better to get these minerals from naturally occurring sources like liver and organ meats, beef, chicken, lamb, fish and seafood, and vegetables. Molasses is a great source of iron (and other nutrients) and is a very nutrient-dense sweetener for babies.
Our 7-month old usually gets whatever we are eating for dinner, plus one or more of these recipes. She loves all of them, and they are all things I can make very quickly, or make ahead of time in batches and freeze.
Our other really easy favorites have been pureed sauerkraut (just blend sauerkraut in a blender), mashed beets, and mashed sardines. She also loves homemade kombucha diluted with water. Chamomile tea is also great for babies and has provided us relief when teething.
If you are traveling or need something convenient, I highly recommend Serenity Kids. It's the only brand I can find that has animal protein with naturally occurring meaty minerals (and is really good quality). Our favorite has been the grass-fed beef!
Boosted Sweet Potato Puree
2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
3 tablespoons coconut oil
3 tablespoons bone broth
1 tablespoon molasses
Filled a medium pot with water and sweet potatoes. Bring to a boil and let simmer until sweet potatoes are fork tender. Pour in a colander and drain.
In a medium sized bowl or blender, add sweet potatoes, broth, coconut oil, and molasses. Use an immersion blender to blend all the ingredients (or a masher and whisk) until smooth, or puree in a blender until combined.
Serve immediately once cooled, or store in refrigerator or freezer in 1 to 4 oz. serving jars.
1/2 avocado, pitted, peeled, and diced
1 tablespoon sauerkraut brine (I like Trader Joe's, Wildbrine, and Cleveland Kraut. As long as it is raw and fermented, and found in the refrigerated section--NOT shelf stable which does not have any probiotics)
Combine all ingredients in a baby food masher (or a bowl with a fork and spoon) until brine is incorporated in to the avocado.
This does not store well. Try to use it within a day.
Baby's liver pate
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 pear, peeled, core removed, and diced
1 tablespoon thyme
.5 lb beef liver, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4 to 1/2 cup bone broth (homemade or Kettle & Fire brand)
In a cast iron skillet, heat coconut oil over medium heat. Add pear and thyme, and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add beef liver and cook until it is no longer raw.
Add everything from pan into a blender. You can either directly add bone broth, or use it to de-glaze your cast iron skillet first, and then pour into blender. Start with 1/4 cup broth and add more if needed. Blend until smooth.
The pate will be pretty liquid-y at first, but it will firm once it cools. This can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer in 1 to 4 oz. jars.
BONUS DRINK: Baby Milkshake
1 peeled banana
1/2 cup goat milk kefir (we use Redwood Hill Farm)
Place ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve in a cup or bottle with variable flow for thick liquids (we use Comotomo). You can split it and store half in the refrigerator for 24 hours.