Surprising Baby Food Ideas

Coming up with new baby food ideas needn’t be drudgery. It can even be fun when your kitchen is filled with an exciting arsenal of ingredients. Here are a few surprising options you may never have considered, but should:

Silken tofu has lots of iron, and is fun and jiggly. It’s best when you heat it and mix it with one of the other ingredients on this list.

Peanut butter can be scary to give to your baby the first time, but studies show that early exposure to possible allergens is better than late. You can make “peanut butter creme” by adding a few tablespoons of boiling hot water to a ¼ cup of peanut butter and mixing well. This is perfect for toddlers to dip their apples into or for spooning into your wee one’s mouth. You can also mix peanut butter with baby oatmeal or rice. Try to get organic peanut butter when possible, peanuts are notorious for being loaded with pesticides.

Maple syrup adds instant deliciousness to just about anything and is a great alternative to (not allowed before one year) honey. Grade B Maple Syrup has lots of B vitamins to boot.

Frozen or fresh spinach, thawed and blended with bananas, will make your little one open their mouth wide for green mush. Wonderful news since spinach has got loads of Protein, Phosphorus and Zinc, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper, Manganese and Selenium.

Goat Cheese, mixed into warm mashed sweet potatoes is delicious. Add an egg and some bread crumbs/flour and make yummy pancakes for your toddlers, or you too!

Pesto is conveniently already in mushed form. Since I like to turn my little one’s food green however I can, pesto is perfect. Add it to scrambled eggs, silken tofu, or yogurt.

Full Fat Organic Plain Yogurt makes everything creamier and yummier, along with adding lots of protein and calcium. Try this instead of super sweet fruited yogurt. Little ones don’t need the extra sugar, and keeping the yogurt plain makes it much more versatile. You can always add a little maple syrup if necessary.

Just remember, once they get a little older, most babies get pickier, so enjoy getting creative while you still can!

Do you have any unusual and delicious baby food ideas? Do share!