Giving Your Baby a Balanced Meal
Pureed vegetables is a classic first baby food, and vegetables are nutritious foods with several vitamins and minerals. The nutrients vary depending on the vegetable so rotating a variety of them is key. However, they are not the most nutrient dense foods and are not calorie dense. When I think of optimal nutrient density, I think about the building blocks for the ideal human form. The most abundant protein in our body is collagen, and babies need a ton as they are growing their bones, teeth, skin, hair, and nails. Collagen is an easy form of protein to digest and absorb. It is even termed “animal starch” because it is so quickly digested. So, this is a great option for a baby’s digestion, especially in the evening.
- 1 lb vegetables (cauliflower, daikon radish, parsnips, broccoli, green beans, peas, etc.)
- 8 scoops grass-fed collagen powder
- 2-4 TBSP grass-fed butter
- Cut the vegetable of choice off the stalk and cube (if applicable).
- In boiling water, steam or boil the veggie for 10 minutes.
- Add the veggie to the blender, and blend for 30 seconds.
- Then, add the butter and collagen, and blend again until smooth.
- Spoon about a 1/2 cup or 4 oz of the food into a breastmilk bag. Flatten the bag, label with the date and description, and freeze.