Let Your Powers Combine: Baby Food Combinations

Let Your Powers Combine Baby Food Combinations

Just like you, your baby will enjoy the wonderful world of flavors that different foods can offer. Just like we get bored of eating the same thing over and over again, your baby might also start to think twice about that bland porridge in the bowl.

Experimenting with different baby food combinations can also be a good way to introduce different flavors and experiences to your baby’s developing brain. But what types of combinations can you try? You might be a chef or a great cook, but a baby can be quite a picky customer.

Luckily we are here to help, so lets take a look at some of the things you need to know about combining baby food.

First things first

Before you start creating fusion baby food with amazing taste sensations, take your baby’s age into account. When you first introduce solid foods, start with basic single ingredients. Once your baby is a little older you can begin combining different ingredients.

It is good to start your baby out slowly when you introduce solid foods so you can track how they react to different types of food. Various ingredients can have various interactions depending on how your baby is growing and what they prefer in terms of texture and taste.

A good foundation

When you start out with combining different foods it is good to start with a basic cereal. That way your baby will be used to the texture and you can add different vegetable or fruit combinations to it. The basic grains in most baby cereals like oats, brown rice, quinoa or even couscous can be a good starting point to work from.

A source for ideas

Now you can start with some basic combinations of foods. But where do you find what works? Well, a easy cheat is to see what baby food are already manufactures doing. Pear and Carrot, Spinach and peas, there are endless combinations that you can try yourself.

An added bonus is that you can buy the readymade foods and add it to your cereals for an easy first combination. You could start by adding some pear, or berry flavored purees to your baby’s cereal for instance. You can also look for an amazing array of recipes online. There really are endless possibilities.

Allergies

When you start to think about combinations, handle it in the same way you would when introducing foods for the first time. First introduce the ingredients on their own so you can carefully check for allergies or other sensitivities. Once you are sure that both ingredients are safe you can start to add them together.

A few easy first combinations is to start with a few basic fruits and vegetables. Pear is a good start, as well as peaches, banana, papaya and apple. On the vegetable side, sweet potato, butternut, spinach and avocado will be a good beginning. You can also combine different grains once you have tested your little one’s feelings on the matter.

Black beans, zucchini, hummus, green beans, broccoli, even asparagus and parsnips can also be great ingredients, just make sure that your baby also reacts well to these foods, and take into account that beans and broccoli can make your baby a little gassy. So introduce this in smaller amounts to start out with.

Some winning combinations

Some good stalwarts in baby food combinations are based on pears, apples and vegetables like pumpkin. One of our favorites is Apple, butternut and sweet potato. You can easily blend these three ingredients together, and you can vary the quantities to focus the taste more on the apple or on the pumpkin.

Later on you can also start to introduce proteins like chicken, tofu, salmon and so on. You can easily blend these ingredients and add a little to your vegetable purees. You can also add some spices like cinnamon to cereals, pumpkin and apple to add a different taste experience for your baby.

If your baby can eat dairy, you can also start with combining some fruit purees with plain yogurt. The probiotics in yogurt will also be good for the development of your little one’s digestive system.

Try to use fresh ingredients that a rich in vitamins and other nutrients that your growing baby needs. If you feel a little unsure about how to prepare these different vegetables you don’t have to worry. There are many tips and tricks on how to cook basic vegetables to keep most of the nutrients intact.

Starting out with taste tests

If you are a little tentative about starting out with your own preparation of purees and other combinations you can first test your baby’s preferences a little. You can try a few different store bought foods, some even come in very convenient pouches. That way you can see what types of flavors get a smile from your baby and then you can try to do a few similar things yourself.

You don’t need to make purees or mash with thousands of different vegetables, usually a few good basic ones will really get the job done. Luckily your baby also does not need to eat huge amounts of these foods (yet) wait until they are teenagers!

Last words

Hopefully we have given you a little inspiration on how to go about combing a few different foods for your baby. The only thing we can still add is that you shouldn’t worry about adding to many different things together. Combinations of two or three ingredients work really well. You can stay away from adding sugar and salt, the natural sugars and minerals in vegetables and grains are great already.

Play with a few combinations and textures and have a tasting session or a meal time with your baby. We hope you enjoy mealtimes with your baby and feel confident about how to introduce new flavors.  Soon your baby will be a toddler and will tell you exactly what they want at meal times, until then have fun introducing them to new foods.

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