Affordable and Healthy Baby-Mix Recipes - Series

I have seen a lot of mothers struggle with what to give their little ones. Some have fed months-old babies cereals meant for 3-year old and older; some have given cow milks to babies because, according to them, their babies can eat anything (when in the real sense cow milk is doing them serious health harms); I have also come across mothers who believe that if babies don’t take swallow (amala, semo, etc), then the baby isn’t feeding well. While swallow is good for babies, I don’t see taking it as a big deal. My toddler rejected swallow when he was a baby, but just started taking it recently, and my baby is going that path too. I have seen mothers stuff their children with just about anything without considering the allergic reactions or health implications.

When it comes to children – babies and toddlers – health comes first. It is important to know that children get ill through what they eat. So mothers need to take extra care with what they feed their babies. Of course, 6-month exclusive breastfeeding is very key, for those who can do it. (I did it with my babies). Solid time too should be taken seriously. My first motherhood experience had me scurrying to the internet every now and then just so I get it right. And today, in his almost 3 years on earth, I can boast that my first son never visited the hospital for once.

In the next few days, I’ll be sharing my secret baby-mix recipes. In addition to their regular cereals and breast milk (for my baby), these are recipes I have come to rely on for my toddler and baby. After series of researches and trials, I have come to trust these recipes as healthy options for children. So let’s go mummies:

Series 1 – Much Ado about Avocado

Prized for its high nutrient value and full of fats, Avocado is added to all sorts of dishes due to its good flavour and rich texture.


                                   

Avocado and Milk/Yoghurt 
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Recipe                                          
1 Avocado
4 tsp Baby formula/breastmilk/Yoghurt

·         My toddler is allergic to milk (cow milk especially), so for him I use full fat yoghurt for the mix. Coconut milk is good too if your child has milk allergies, and if you can get it in the store.

Age - Toddler and Babies
                                                           
Method
Place all ingredients in the blender and blend till smooth and thick. For extra creaminess, puree the avocado with breastmilk or formula instead of water or Yoghurt. For chunkier avocado, which is ideal for babies 10 months or older, mash it with a fork instead of pureeing it. then serve.

Avocado and Banana 
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Recipe
1 Avocado
1 Banana
½ cup of milk (baby milk or breast milk)

Age - Toddler and Babies


                                                                   Credit: annabelkarmel.com


Preparation method
Place all the ingredients in the blender and blend till smooth. You can make it a puree (for babies) or smoothie (for you), depending on whether it’s for breakfast or lunch, and you are good to go.

Avocado and Chicken
                                                                    Credit: annabelkarmel.com

Recipe
1 Pc Boneless Chicken
1 ripe fresh avocado peeled and diced

Age - Toddler and Babies                                                         

Preparation Method
Cook chicken with a little salt in boiling water for 10 minutes until cooked through; drain, cool completely and dice.

Place avocado and chicken into a blender or small food processor and blend until desired consistency, adding chicken stock water to this as needed. Once blended, serve baby 1 to 2 tablespoons of mixture. Freeze remainder in an ice cube trays.

Few good foods to mix with avocado for tasty baby/toddler food:

Pears (the green apple-like ones)
Apples




Remember to apply the 4-day wait rule, a simple way of checking for possible reactions to new foods such as food sensitivities or food allergies. 









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