10 Simple Ways to Make Baby Food More Nutritious

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baby food more nutritious

Every mother wants to make nutritious food for their munchkin. But there are limited choices in baby food to try variety due to the no sugar, no salt rule. Don’t worry!! There are plenty of ways to make baby food yummy and nutritious.

I used to always sneak in a fruit or veggie in my son’s food without his knowledge. It all started in his babyhood when I used to try blending a variety of veggies and fruits to create tasty yet nutritious meals for him.

10 Amazing Ways to make Baby Food More Nutritious and Healthy:

1. Steaming

ways to make baby food more nutritious

Steaming is preferred over boiling veggies and fruits for babies.  Boiling causes loss of water soluble vitamins during cooking and hence loss of nutritional value of the food.

2. Baking

ways to make baby food more nutritious

Baking helps retain the nutritive value of food and babies can easily digest baked food. Deep fried foods are absolutely discouraged for babies. However to an extent roasting is permitted as it does not degrade the food value as deep frying does.

3. Jaggery

ways to make baby food more nutritious

For babies upto one year adding sugar to food is discouraged. This is because the sugar undergoes lot of chemical process to attain the color and shape and the chemicals used can have an adverse effect on the babies.

Jaggery is one of the safest nutritious natural sweetner for babies.

Benefits of Jaggery:
  • It helps in digestion.
  • It purifies blood.
  • Increases the production of red blood cells.
  • It is an excellent source of energy, as it is absorbed slowly.
  • Jaggery is rich in antioxidants, selenium and minerals.
  • It helps to boost immunity.

4. Dates

ways to make baby food more nutritious

 Dates syrup can also be used to sweeten baby food.

Benefits of Dates:
  • It is rich in minerals and helps in baby’s growth.
  • They have high fiber content and helps relieve constipation.
  • They are good source of Calcium.
  • Like jaggery, they are energy boosters.

 5. Dry fruits/ powder

baby food more nutritious

After 8 months of age, dry fruits can be given if there is no family history of allergies. Always follow the 3 day rule before introducing the dry fruits.

Dry fruits like cashews, almonds, pistachios can be dry roasted and ground in a mixer. A pinch of powder can be added in any of the baby food to make it more nutritious.

6. Vegetable Stock

baby food more nutritious

Vegetable stock is another excellent method to incorporate all the vegetables in the babies food. The stock can be added while cooking purees, soups, khichdi, porridge etc.

7. Ghee

baby food more nutritious

A teaspoon of desi ghee makes the food fulfilling and nutritious.

Benefits of Ghee:
  • It is immune system booster.
  • Helps prevent cough and cold.
  • It helps in development of strong bones and teeth.
  • A teaspoon daily takes care of the vitamin need for the babies.
  • It can be given safely to babies with lactose intolerance.

8. Oils

baby food more nutritious

Babies food can be enriched by cooking with oils like virgin coconut oil, virgin olive oil and till oil.

9. Green leafy vegetables

baby food more nutritious

Green leafy vegetables can be added to baby food as much as possible. I always add 2 or 3 leaves of palak, spinach or any bhaji in khichdi or in purees

10. Spices

ways to make baby food more nutritious

Adding Spices to baby food not only enhances the flavor but also adds to the nutrition of the food.  Some of the spices that can be added to baby food are jeera, pepper and cinnamon.

Benefits of Spices:
  • Jeera are rich in vitamin C and help fight cold and cough.
  • Jeera is rich in iron and helps combat anemia
  • Jeera acts as a good antioxidant.
  • Jeera enhances the appetite and helps digestion for babies.
  • Pepper is very good antibacterial agent.
  • Pepper is rich in manganese, iron and vitamins.
  • Pepper helps in easy digestion when added to food.
  • Cinnamon is one of the richest source of manganese and helps in bone, muscle growth.
  • Cinnamon has antibacterial and anti fungal qualities and adding cinnamon to babies food help ward off cold and cough.

Hope this article was useful. If you have any suggestions for making baby food more nutritious, do let us know.

Author Bio:

Hi! I am Dr Hemapriya aka Doctor Mommy. A family physician by profession, I quit my practice to take care of my 2 Little Moppets ages 5 and 6 months. But the passion to spread knowledge and ideas about health, nutrition and parenting, remained. That is when I decided to rekindle my love for writing and started my blog MyLittleMoppet.

My blog is all about healthy choices in parenting without all the preaching. When not making super healthy foods for my munchkins, I like to watch movies on RomedyNow (a diehard romantic at heart).

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Sangeetha loves balancing her personal and professional life. These days, the major chunk of her time is spent on listening to 'how to beat the Piggy from robloks'; thanks to her 8 year old daughter.

4 Comments

  1. Hi all, i want to share some tips that really change my world as a mom.1)keep jeera water in a flask for your lil one and make sure you can add this to purees as well as making formula.its good for both gastric problems and from cold.2)daily take your muchkins for an outdoor visit .its good for getting vit.d .if a body has enough vit.d then onlg it can absorbs calcium.3)babes are not only for eatinv and sleeping more than that we make them to be a social being.so let them involved in playing and other activities.4)common worries as a mother why my babe is not putting weight.dont worry if she is active enough.we need smart and active generation not a mandhan genrtn.5)last and the most imp one is make a feet back all the wifis from your muchkins..so beware if we adults are using wifi.hope all of you are in good health.keep it up.may god be with you

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