A guide to favourite first foods



Sweet Potato


Why is it so good?

It is sweet and palatable for baby, plus they have an amazing nutritional value.

Nutrients: A, C, Folate, Potassium, Sodium, Selenium, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Calcium


Do I have to buy organic?

No, they are part of the clean 15.


How to prepare:

1. Peel sweet potatoes, cut into 2-3 cm pieces

2. Place pieces into a saucepan with just enough filtered water to slightly cover

3. Bring to a boil and simmer until tender

4. Keep left over water to thin to puree

5. Place the sweet potato in a your blender, food processor, Moulin or preferred appliance to puree

6. Add a little of the reserved water to the puree until desired consistency is achieved


Banana


Why is it so good?

- The mucosal properties of bananas coat baby’s tummy and aid digestion

- Helpful for babies with reflux

- They are affordable and easy to carry in your bag.


Nutrients:

A, C, Folate, Potassium, Phosphorus, Selenium, Magnesium, Calcium

Do I have to buy organic?

No, because the thick skin protects fruit from pesticide contamination.


What to watch out for:

Too much banana can cause constipation

Associated with latex allergies


How to prepare:

1. Peel a ripe banana

2. Mash the banana in a bowl with a fork

3. Add breast milk/formula/water to thin (if desired)


Pears (cooked)


Why it so good:

- Nutrient dense

- Gentle on little tummies

- May help to alleviate constipation

- Skin is easily digested, so no need to peel

- Low acidity

- Helpful for babies with reflux


Nutrients: A, C, Folate, Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium

Do I have to buy organic?

Yes, skin of this fruit is easily penetrated by pesticides


How to prepare:

- Peel and cut ripe fruit into chunks so as to avoid the little seed portion.

- Steam gently until warmed through (no need to overcook)

OR

Can be left raw

- Place in a blender/food processor and puree until smooth.


Avocado


Why it is so good:

It is nature’s perfectly packaged baby food!

High in monounsaturated (good) fats which are essential for growth and brain development. Avocado has a fatty acid composition that is similar to breast milk.


Nutrients:

A, C, Niacin, Folate, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium

Do I have to buy organic?

No, because the thick skin protects fruit from pesticide contamination.


What to watch out for:

- Associated with latex allergies


How to prepare:

- Peel and remove pit of a ripe avocado

- Scoop out flesh and mash with a fork

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