Today in “Shortcut Food Ideas”, I will talk about ‘Tropical Fruits’. These can be served to babies as a snack or a morning meal, without any cooking. Just chop, smash and serve.
Mangoes are the luscious and delicious fruits of nature. The sweet smell of ripe mango takes me to my happy place. My daughter loves them too. They can be introduced to babies as early as 6 months. But I started giving her mangoes around 8 months. Mangoes have a high amount of vitamin A, vitamin B, and vitamin C. As well as, iron, potassium, and protein. With such a nutritious value, it can be served as a snack or morning breakfast. Just wash, cut/smash and serve. (Tip- Add a dash of cardamom powder for that extra burst of flavor)
Papaya is another juicy tropical fruit which is loaded with nutrients. They contain high amounts of vitamin C, vitamin A, and even vitamin E. Papayas are also a good source of fiber and folic acid. I introduced papaya, to my baby around 10 months. But it can be given 9 months onwards. It is a good option for a snack or as finger food.
Note: In the above picture, I have chopped papaya into small pieces and not pureed since I was serving it to my daughter as a snack (finger food). For infants, do run it through the masher or food processor to avoid being chocked.
Talk to your baby’s Pediatrician before starting any new food.
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