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There’s nothing like having a fresh, homemade snack for your baby to enjoy. It’s always better when you know the exact ingredients that make up the food your baby consumes. Not only is it safer, but you can also guarantee that it’ll taste better as well considering that you can taste test every single recipe as you go along. The good news is you don’t have to be a full-fledged chef in order to successfully make any of these recipes. After all, the most important ingredient any of these will need is love. Here are 10 of the best homemade snacks you can ever make for your infant.
1. Pureed vegetable or fruit
It’s a simple enough notion; after all, most baby foods you can buy at the market is pureed. It’s some of the healthiest foods you can give your infant, and they’re all easy to make. The key here is how to make pureed vegetable or fruit so that they’re a little bit more interesting for your little one’s taste buds. There’s a reason why some babies get turned off by the green goo or the orange blob that many of us parents try to feed them. It’s because most of the pureed food out there just doesn’t taste good.
By adding just a little bit of flavour in your pureed food, you can make a world of a difference when it comes to taste. Of course, the key is in moderation. So when you’re making sweet potato puree for your baby, don’t be afraid to use a little bit of fresh chicken stock made with some fresh herb to add that flavour to your puree. If you’re making a fruit puree, try using milk for the liquid instead of water to add just a little bit more substance.
2. Frozen fruits
If you’ve ever gone through the experience of teething babies before, you know just how useful teething rings could be. Many infants like the feel of the cold on their swollen gums. Ice is one of the best solutions for pain, after all. But why not turn it into a treat for your baby?
There are two ways you can make frozen fruits for your baby. In one way, you can cut up a medley of fresh fruits such as a variety of berries and kiwi. Put them in ice cube trays and fill up the trays with water. Freeze the trays. Once frozen, you’ll have a really interesting treat that’s not only fun to eat but helpful in easing the pain as well.
The second way you can use frozen fruits is by freezing whole fruits completely. This works best with larger chunks of fruit such as strawberries or bananas. You can either use baby popsicle holders or use mesh suckers instead to hold your frozen fresh fruit.
3. Rice porridge
Rice porridge is easy to make, and it’s quite a delicious and nutritious option for your infant to have at any time of the day. You also have the freedom to use any type of rice you’d like, but this recipe calls for whole rice. You basically cook the rice down with a lot of liquid to create a thick soup of sorts. For a little bit of flavour and nutrition, you can cook the rice down using freshly made chicken stock, which you can make with all sorts of delicious herbs. Before you know it, your little one will be gobbling down this porridge-like no other.
Once it’s cooked thoroughly, you’ll have no need to puree this dish, as it’ll be almost like mush. Rice porridge is delicious when supplemented with other dishes such as cut up steamed vegetables or small pieces of chicken.
4. Bone soup
Some say that soup is the best remedy for any illnesses. There’s a little bit of truth to that in a sense that the ingredients in the fresh soup are typically healthy. Bone soup is basically soup made out of cooking or boiling bone parts that have all the essential nutrients you can’t find anywhere else. You can use chicken bones, pork or beef bones, and add any other ingredients you might think will be flavorful in soup. Make sure you limit the amounts of salt you put in the soup to keep as healthy as possible. Carrots and potatoes go well in bone soup; and as they cook down, they’ll be soft enough for your baby to enjoy.
Just make sure that you eliminate all traces of bone when serving this soup for your baby. Using cheesecloth to hold the bones and spices together is one smart way of cooking this dish. Otherwise, keeping a keen eye on the ingredients should be sufficient. You’ll be using large bone pieces, to begin with, so there shouldn’t be any issues there at all.
5. Fresh pasta
We get that boxed noodles or pasta are very easy to make. You stick them in a pot; get them boiling, and you’re done. However, there’s something about fresh pasta that’s just absolutely incomparable to the boxed variety. If you’ve ever had fresh pasta before, you know that it’s a completely different experience. It’s more sensory than anything, as the texture of fresh pasta is quite distinct from that of ones that have been overly dried for boxing purposes.
You can experiment with different types of fresh pasta recipes, but the most basic one will contain only two ingredients: flour and eggs. Some people like to add water and/or oil and maybe even salt. But with just a cup of flour and one egg, you can make a batch of fresh pasta that can last your little one at least a few meals. The best part of making fresh pasta for your baby is the creative part. You can cut your pasta into whatever shapes you may find to be interesting for your little one. You can do alphabets, numbers, various flat shapes, or even 3D shapes. Food doesn’t get more fun than that.
6. Fresh vegetables
By the time your little one has enough teeth to play with, you’re going to want to give him or her more textures to experience and to eat. This is when fresh vegetables really come in handy. There are many benefits to starting this practice earlier on. Studies have shown that the earlier you get your infant into eating vegetables, the more likely it is for them to prefer vegetables when they’re in the toddler stages. The trick is to pick vegetables that are tasty, to begin with. Some of the best options you have are carrots, sweet peppers, celery, and tomatoes. All of these have a natural sweetness to them that’s just appealing, especially when they’re cold.
When serving up fresh vegetables, the key is to serve them in a way that your infant will have fun eating them. You can cut up fresh vegetables so that your baby can hold them up as they eat.
7. Banana ice cream
This great snack has only one ingredient: banana. It’s also probably one of the best treats you can give your baby, especially considering it’s very healthy as well. To make banana ice cream, we suggest using organic bananas to start with. Bananas are just one of those foods that you should buy organic anyway. Next, you’ll need to just peel the banana and cut it up into large chunks before putting them in the freezer. We suggest you use about 2 bananas per batch to keep the ice cream nice and fresh.
Once the banana pieces have frozen, you can take them out and pop them into the food processor. Once processed, you’ll basically have pureed banana that has the consistency of ice cream. It needs no added water or milk or anything else. The banana itself does the trick, and the results are amazing. The cold itself will be an enjoyable experience for your little one, but the flavour just brings a whole different experience entirely.
8. Brown rice cereal
There’s something sinister about making cereal for babies out of a box. You have this powdered material; you add water to it, and then you feed it to your baby. Honestly, who knows what’s in that powdered mix? The great news is that the powdered mix is very easy to make. For this dish, we recommend that you use brown rice. All you would need to do to make brown rice cereal is grind up some brown rice until it’s in powdered form.
Once in powdered form, you can then proceed to cook the cereal on the stovetop with either rice or milk. It doesn’t take long to cook, and it’s also very versatile. You can add some flavour to the cereal by using chicken stock instead of water, or you can also add just a little bit of pureed vegetable to make it even more flavorful.
9. Chicken with carrots
When your baby is ready to digest some meat, one good dish to start with is pureed chicken. There are so many things you can do with chicken flavour-wise, and one thing you can add to it is some carrots for sweetness and colour. To make this dish, you can boil some chicken breast in water. Add the carrots, later on, to cook them together. Once the chicken is cooked through, you can take out both chicken and carrots to cool down. Make sure you save the chicken broth you’ve made to use later on.
Once the chicken and carrots have cooled down, you’ll just have to puree them using a food processor and you’re basically done. If you wish, you can add a little side of apple puree to give it a little bit more tang, but what you’ll end up with is a dish that’s full of interesting textures and flavours that your baby will not resist.
10. Chickpea pancake
Chickpeas are some of the most versatile foods out there. There’s so much you can make with these delicious legumes, and some of them are good enough for your infants to eat. To make chickpea pancakes, you’ll only need a couple of ingredients: chickpea flour and water. We recommend you make your own chickpea flour for this recipe. All you’ll need to do is grind up some dried chickpeas until they’re in powder form. The powder will serve as your flour to make the pancake.
Mix the chickpea flour and water to make a batter with the consistency of regular pancakes. If you want to make it more interesting for babies that are a bit older, you can add finely grated carrots to the batter to add flavour and colour. Once the batter is ready, you spoon a little at a time onto a hot griddle to cook the pancakes. We suggest making smaller pancakes so your child can hold on to them properly. These snacks are great for eating at home, and they do just as well when packed as a snack for later.