well, maybe only 5 colors of the rainbow but even so, it was fruity and colorful way to start the morning or a healthy dessert treat any time of the day!
- 4oz organic yogurt
- red fruit: raspberries, strawberries
- orange fruit: papaya, orange, butternut squash, pumpkin
- yellow fruit: pineapple, mango
- green fruit: avocado, kiwi, grapes
- blue/purple fruit: blueberries, blackberries
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in expanding k’s food rainbow palette, i added plums to her diet. the darker the color the better and a little soft but not bruised. when introducing plums, i steamed them first.
- 1 plum, pit removed
- 1 inch water
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the next fruit we introduced k to is pears. like apples there are a variety of pears to choose from. i knew Comice pears are very sweet so i looked for others. pears aren’t the dirtiest of fruits but they aren’t the cleanest either. so i went to our local organic grocer and the ones they had in stock were the D’anjou, Bosc and Starkrimson pears. the quality of the D’anjou pear was the best that day so i started k with them. Continue reading “introducing new foods: pears”
now that k started bananas, i tried the recipe in Wholesome Baby Food Guide: “Banana ‘Cado”. this one is especially easy since you don’t have to cook either food! just make sure to prepare the dish right before feeding otherwise the color of both will change to an unappetizing color rather quickly.
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most foods, including vegetables and fruits, that we fed k so far have to be cooked first. the only vegetable we didn’t have to cook was avocado. the second is the fruit we’re giving her next: the banana. like the avocado, when exposed to the air banana’s color changes quickly to an unappetizing gray so prepare it just when you are about to feed the baby.
bananas are not part of the “dirty dozen” list because the inside fruit itself is protected by its thick skin. but the many of the chemicals that are sprayed onto conventional banana trees harm the workers who pick them. *read note
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since i was planning to start k on fruits, it might as well be the healthiest of all fruits: the apple! there is such a variety of apples (macintosh, golden delicious, gala, fuji, pink lady, etc.) so which do you choose?
- i look for the choices of organic apples because unfortunately, apples have consistently been on the “dirty dozen” list *read note 1.
- i look for the type that is less sweet: i.e. Honey Crisp apples are very sweet where as Granny Smith apples have a nice tart flavor. so i started k on Granny Smith apples.
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- 1 ripe avocado
- ½ to 1 oz newborn/infant milk
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sticking to the less sweet vegetables and fruits, we decided the next item to feed k is the avocado.
during the first two years of the baby’s life, fat is important for baby’s brain development so avocado is a good choice.
it has monounsaturated fats, which are considered as healthy fats as well as omega-3 fatty acids.
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