I started to introduce solids to my daughter at around 5.5 months. I skipped the ever so popular cereals that pediatricians recommend and dove right into the nutrient dense foods. I was super drawn to the baby led weaning style of feeding but it turns out, it just wasn’t for us. And once I decided to make the switch to purées, I was unstoppable.
At about 6.5 months she was fully interested in eating anything and everything. I was over the moon and became instantly obsessed with creating new and exciting blends for her. Now that she is 8 months I have started to introduce some texture into my purées. I have come up with some really amazing and well balanced recipes but we especially love our sweet potato blends. This specific recipe is one that I recommend a lot to parents with 8+ month old babies.
Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin A, potassium and fibre (which is always fabulous for the digestive system). I paired the potato with quinoa for its incredible protein content. Quinoa also has a fair amount of iron which is important for babies over 6 months of age. Coconut oil is high in those essential healthy fats that support our brain development and helps to maintain a healthy state of mind. I want her loving those necessary fats as soon as possible! The apple sweetens it all up naturally and adds its own list of health benefits including a generous amount of Vitamin C. Lastly, cinnamon is such a powerful little flavor that brings everything together.
Sweet Potato and Quinoa Puree
*Makes roughly 2 cups
1 medium sweet potato (1.5 cups), peeled, cubed, and boiled
1/2 cup unsweetened organic applesauce
1/2 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 Tsp. cinnamon
½ cup water (or just enough to reach desired consistency)
½ cup quinoa, rinsed, drained, and cooked
In a food processor or blender, blend together the sweet potato, applesauce, coconut oil, cinnamon, and water. Fold in the cooked quinoa and store the blend in the fridge or freezer portioned in an ice cube tray. Once frozen, remove the portions and store them in a labeled freezer bag.
*Note: I’m not going to lie; this purée really is delicious and should not be limited to baby food. I can see it pairing nicely on top of some fresh leafy greens, walnuts or pecans, and some dried fruit such as currants or cranberries.
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CHANTAL URBINA is a registered Massage Therapist and Culinary Nutrition Expert. She is passionate about living a life full of health, love, and happiness and that all three start with our diet. “Nature’s healing properties will never cease to amaze me and it inspires me day after day to create and share recipes made with only real whole foods.”