As a mom, making multiple meals can feel like a foregone conclusion. (Blame baby’s lack of teeth!) But the good news is you don’t have to manage dual grocery lists—baby can eat your favorite foods, and you can benefit from incorporating your munchkin’s first bites into your diet.
Read on to discover five good-for-you ingredients and 10 delicious recipes that’ll keep the whole family happy and healthy.
Avocados are high in fat, but don’t fear: It’s the cholesterol-lowering kind and it’s just what baby’s growing brain needs (fat makes up two-thirds of our think tanks). Plus, the green wonders deliver 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, vitamin E and folic acid.
Baby bite: Avocado mash (first food/4 to 6 months)
Mash 1⁄2 avocado with applesauce,
yogurt, bananas or pureed fruit.
Mommy meal: Easy peasy guacamole (serves 2)
1 ripe avocado
2 tablespoons of your favorite salsa
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Pinch of salt
Fresh cilantro, chopped, for garnish
Cut the avocado in half, remove pit and scoop out the flesh. Mash the avocado in a medium bowl. Add salsa, lime and salt and stir well. Garnish with cilantro.
Apples get all the glory, yet pears offer more potassium and fiber (4.5 grams per pear!). Plus they’re a good source of vitamin C.
Baby bite: Pear puree (first food/4 to 6 months)
No need to cook pears—ripe fruit can be pureed, peels and all (though steaming slightly can make them easier to digest). Pair with cinnamon, applesauce, avocados, bananas, yogurt or sweet potatoes.
Mommy meal: Pear & brie quesadillas (serves 2)
4 8-inch flour tortillas
4 ounces Brie, rind removed and thinly sliced
1 ripe pear, cored and thinly sliced
Heat a 10-inch nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Place a tortilla on the pan and top evenly with half the Brie slices, half the pear slices and another tortilla. Cook for 3 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Cut into wedges and serve warm.
Much more than a pie filling, pumpkin is loaded with beta-carotene, an antioxidant that protects your peepers and may help combat certain types of cancer.
Baby bite: Pumpkin puree (first food/4 to 6 months)
Save yourself the time of roasting and pureeing your own pumpkins by opening a can instead—just be sure it’s pure pumpkin and not sugar-filled pie mix. Pair with rice cereal, yogurt, applesauce, bananas or blueberries.
Mommy meal: Pumpkin spice granola (serves 9)
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1⁄2 cupwheat germ
2⁄3 cup cashews (or your favorite nut)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3⁄4 cup canned pumpkin
1⁄3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon grape-seed oil
1⁄2 cup raisins
2 tablespoons honey (heated for 20 seconds in microwave)
Preheat oven to 275