Veggies for Baby

April 2, 2009 at 1:31 am 1 comment


Broccoli is one of the first vegetables you can introduce to your baby's diet.

Broccoli is one of the first vegetables you can introduce to your baby's diet.

It is really, really important to serve your baby lots of vegetables. As we all know it’s hard to get your kids interested in vegetables and if we can make it an important part of their diet at a young age, the hope is that they will be more interested in eating their veggies as they get older.

Vegetables offer fibre as well as vitamins and nutrients that are important for everyone’s diet.  They provide the broadest range of nutrients and phytochemicals of any food class (Healing Power of Foods, Michael Murray N.D.). For your baby, some people believe that vegetables should be introduced before fruit so that your child gets a taste for vegetables.  I believe that vegetables should always be apart of your child’s diet.  Introducing vegetables first will not make a difference, if later in life they are not on the table.

Purreing vegetables for your baby is the same as pureeing fruit. Place your vegetables in a steamer basket and steam them on the stovetop.  When they are soft enough for a fork to pierce, move them to the mini processor and puree them.  You may need to add some fresh water to help with the puree, do this one tablespoon at a time.

I love to make Vegetable Pesto Sauce.  While my son is eating most of what I put in front of him I am taking advantage of this and giving him vegetables for almost every meal.  To make my ‘Vegetable Pesto’, I throw a bunch of chopped vegetables into the steamer basket and steam them until they are soft.  They then are pureed.  I freeze this ‘pesto’ into cubes and mix it with whole grain pasta or homemade cereal.  You can also add seasonings like thyme, basil, sage, curry powder; it is important to get your child to appreciate different flavours and once your child is 8 months of age you can add herbs and spices (following food introduction rules of course!).

Throw any vegetable your baby has tried into the steamer

Throw any vegetable your baby has tried into the steamer

In the processor, ready for puree!

In the processor, ready for puree!

Doesn't that look like an expensive pesto?  Your baby won't know the difference!

Doesn't that look like an expensive pesto? Your baby won't know the difference!

Once the ‘pesto’ has been pureed you can serve it on pasta or mix it with cereal.  Remember that wheat should not be introduced to your baby before 1 year of age, so use brown rice pasta instead.  The pesto can be forzen in ice cube trays for later.  When your baby is ready for dairy or meat you can eassily add pureed meat or some cheese to the pesto to add a different flavour.  Remember to sometimes serve it without the cheese so that you don’t have a kid who will only eat veggies coated in cheese.

Yum!  Some people spend the big bucks for this kind of meal!

Yum! Some people spend the big bucks for this kind of meal!

When introducing it is important to follow the rules of food introduction because some vegetables, like spinach are high in nitrites.  Vegetable sources of nitrites are not harmful like those chemically added to cold cuts, however your baby’s liver is not capable of processing them until approximately 10 months of age.  Your baby also may have a difficult time with the onion family, so wait until approximately 9 months before trying to add a little onion or leek to your childs diet.

6 & 7 months – broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, green beans, peas, pumpkin, sweet potato, squash

8 months – asparagus, corn, all herbs & spices

9 months – beets, mushrooms, onions,

10 months – spinach, white potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers.  These vegetables are of the nightshad family and can cause allergies, so wait until 10 months for these.

If there is a vegetable I have missed, by about 9 or 10 months your baby’s digestive system is ready for harder to digest foods or foods high in protein or nutrients like nitrites.  Just follow food introduction rules and your baby will be okay.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. matt  |  April 2, 2009 at 8:35 am

    This blog’s great!! Thanks :).

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