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