Colds, flu, and stomach bugs are not fun for anyone, and they can happen regardless of how frequently we wash our hands, cover coughs, sneeze with tissues, and distance ourselves from our little ones.
In order to keep our babies healthy, it helps to be aware of baby food recipes and baby food ingredients that have been proven to help babies build a strong immune system. The best way to ensure that your baby is getting the right nutrients is to make homemade baby food.
Sweet Potato Baby Meals
Sweet potatoes are packed with beta carotene, a nutrient that our bodies convert into vitamin A. This is essential for a healthy and functioning immune system. The Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker is ideal for preparing sweet potato puree. Simply add the ingredients, and at the touch of a button the food maker will automatically steam and blend 3.5 cups of sweet potato puree!
Avocado Baby Recipes
This creamy fruit is a great source of fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin K. These vitamins help build the cells of the immune system and increase immune response. The omega fatty acids in avocado also help the body better absorb immune-boosting nutrients.
Steaming and blending tip: Avocados do not need to be cooked. They can be tossed into a bowl just before blending the ingredients. We recommend pairing avocados with tomatoes, apples, pears, peaches, or bananas for a delicious meal.
Broccoli & Cauliflower Baby Food Ideas
These vegetables are a great source of protein, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin K, and many minerals. Broccoli is high in calcium and iron and is a great source of fiber, making it a great choice for babies that are constipated.
Steaming and blending tip: Broccoli florets do not have a smooth puree, but the stems do. To make broccoli puree, use only the stems, peel completely, dice into small cubes, steam and puree. Try our Glass One Step Food Maker to automatically steam and blend in one easy step. We recommend pairing broccoli or cauliflower with carrots, apples, pears, and lamb for a wholesome and nutritious meal.
Leafy Greens Homemade Baby Food Recipes
Leafy Greens consist of kale, spinach, and collard greens. These leafy greens are high in calcium and are very nutritious for babies.
Steaming and blending tip: Wash the leaves of the kale and collards and remove stems. Cut into thin strips. Steam the greens for 15-20 minutes. Kale and collard greens have low water content and require additional liquid when pureeing. Spinach is simply washed, steamed for five minutes, and then pureed. Make sure your puree is smooth and consistent throughout with the Baby Brezza Glass One Step Food Maker. We recommend pairing leafy greens with yellow and orange vegetables, grains, and legumes for a healthy meal.
Make sure to sterilize all the appliances you use to prepare and serve food to your baby in order to keep their environment as germ-free as possible. Try our One Step Sterilizer Dryer for a simple one-touch sterilization system for bottles, breast pumps, and feeding accessories. For more easy homemade baby food recipes, try the Baby Brezza Baby Food Maker Cookbook, packed with fun and creative baby recipe ideas for you to try with your little one.