With my ongoing segment on “Shortcut baby food ideas”, today I am sharing two more no cooking recipes. Both include berries. A strawberry and blackberry. According to Frank Greer, a pediatrician and former chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Committee on Nutrition, berries can be introduced to babies as early as 6 months. But if a baby show’s signs of an allergic reaction, hold off the berries and talk to your pediatrician. My daughter started having strawberries and blackberries around 8 months, without any allergic reaction. While introducing berries, follow the ‘3-day rule’. Waite for three days and look for signs such as rash and swelling. Both strawberries and blackberries have a high number of residual pesticides, so it’s better to buy them organic when using for a baby meal.
First is, Baby Rice Cereal with cut Strawberries. I used 3 1/2 tablespoon of baby rice cereal and mixed it with 2 cut strawberries. In the above picture, I have used frozen strawberries, which are good to use too. Add the little water/breast milk/ formula, to achieve the required consistency and serve. If using fresh strawberries, make sure to wash them really well and cut them into small pieces to avoid baby getting choked. This can be served during breakfast or lunch. You can add a pinch or two of cardamom powder to give it an extra burst of flavor.
Second ‘no cook’ baby food idea is Baby Wholegrain Cereal with Blackberries. Here I have used 3 to 4 tablespoon of baby whole grain cereal and added 4 to 5 finely chopped frozen blackberries (of course I thawed them first). I personally prefer using organic frozen blackberries to fresh ones, for baby food. Just mix both of them well and add water/formula/breast milk to achieve the required consistency and finally serve. It can be a little sour and tart to taste, but that’s ok. Exposing budding palate to the different range of taste is helpful. Another quick breakfast or lunch option for your baby.
So when short of time, make these quick baby food ideas for a nutritious meal.
Talk to your baby’s Pediatrician before starting any new food.
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