This next recipe is a very simple Gluten Free baby food that you can create with simply the skill it takes to boil water. It's easy to make and provides a lot of great nutrients like calcium, vitamin a & c, fiber, and iron. I cook large batches and then freeze them into ice cube trays for small-baby proportions that I can thaw quickly at a later time.
Looking for some other great ideas on what to feed your Gluten Free baby? Check out this post. And, for a great list of Gluten Free baby finger foods look here.
Gluten free babies...enjoy!
Baby Spinach & Potato Puree
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, Egg Free, etc.)
posted by jalene
PS- For your viewing pleasure...my first baby wasn't too found of plain potatoes. Ha ha! Still makes me laugh to this day.
Gluten Free Finger Foods for Baby
Do you have Gluten Sensitivity or Celiac disease? Then genetically-speaking, it might run in your family. So as your baby begins to eat solid foods, it might be a good idea to avoid Gluten altogether.
My husband, Dr. Nielsen, informed me that the latest research has actually shown that if you keep your child off of the most common food sensitivities (gluten, dairy, soy, peanuts, etc.) for the first 2 years, that your child will be less likely to have food sensitivities as an adolescent and even as an adult.
There are a variety of foods that your baby can try out instead of wheat-based products!
Here is a great list, many of which I have fed to my own children.
*Remember, start with small, very soft pieces of food first and always supervise your child while eating! Some foods on this list may require teeth or even chewing skills so use discretion before feeding it to your child.
(Also, don't worry if your child has trouble picking up small pieces of food at first, it's great for developing their fine motor skills!)
Gluten Free Prepackaged foods ready to eat:
Can you believe my baby is a year old already! Time is flying. I'll probably wake up tomorrow and she'll be getting married or something! Good grief.
Well, since her special day kind of snuck up on us, I didn't have time to really experiment different combinations for her 1st birthday cake. So I guess you could say I kind of "jimmy-ridged" this next recipe. I literally threw in a bunch of ingredients hoping it would all work out in the end. Let's just say... I think Jimmy would be pleasantly surprised. I'm super pleased with the results too!
It's tasty, moist, gluten free, dairy free, egg free, and a low-sugar cake! And best of all, she LOVED it! (And the rest of us were loving it as well. Audrey and I kept sneaking in bites when we could...) The coconut flour gives this cake a great added flavor along with some good fiber and other nutrients.
:) Hopefully you'll enjoy it too! Let us know what you think!
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free)
Yields two 6 inch cakes (Double this recipe for two 8 or 9 inch rounds)
If you have a food allergy, chances are your kids might already have or will develop one too.
So, what can be done you ask...?
One of the best things you can do as a parent is to actually keep them off of those highly allergenic foods for the first 3 years of their life. This gives them a better start and a better chance at overcoming food allergies in the future. It's not a guarantee, but it's something significant that YOU can do.
With that said, and my OWN history of food allergies, I keep my little ones off wheat (gluten) and dairy for as long as possible. My method of madness is really quite simple though it might seem overwhelming for some of you. Hence this next post.
Just like we do with our every day meals, we like to make our baby food from scratch. It's the best way to know exactly what our baby is eating. It's also cheaper!
Making your own baby food might be overwhelming to say the least. There's a whole lot of combinations that you can do. Just take a glance down the baby food aisle and you'll see my point. When you're making your own, it's good to keep this in mind: Keep it SIMPLE. Trust me. Often times we think something like "oh my baby will think this is so plain..." Keep in mind your little one has been drinking the same thing every day for every meal for the past 9+ months... So I keep my combinations to 1-2 foods usually. (See a list below for info.)
For example, I'll cook up a batch of organic green beans and puree it with the water I cooked them in. (I puree for beginner eaters and puree it with chunks for later on.) Then I freeze the puree in individual ice cube trays. Once frozen, I place those in freezer bags labeled "organic green beans." I do this with other organic fruits, vegetables, beans, and even meats. (I do tend to mix my meat with rice, quinoa or lentils fyi. Babies don't need that large of proportions of meat and it keeps down the cost.)
Then, when it's time to feed my baby, I usually pull out from my freezer something like 1 meat, 2 veggies, and 1 fruit ice cube and thaw them up for a well-balanced meal. For example, for lunch my baby might have sweet potatoes, green beans, applesauce, and ground turkey with rice. Then for dinner I'll pull out carrots, black beans, pears, and beef with quinoa.
Keeping the foods separate allows me to eliminate a food quickly if I notice a harmful effect on my baby's body (ie a rash, constipation, or diarrhea). It also allows me to make all sorts of combinations throughout the day without doubling up too much on one food item.
As your baby gets older and opportunities arrive, you may even be able to simply grind up what you had for dinner.
If we are traveling I typically resort to the organic baby food pouches for sake of time and lack of resources like a kitchen and freezer. ;)
No matter how you go about it, try to keep it simple. Stick to gluten free whole foods with an assortment of healthy organic fruits, vegetables, meats, legumes, and grains. Don't forget to incorporate fresh foods into your baby's meals as well (especially those foods that don't freeze as well such as avocados, bananas, etc.)
Observe your baby's bowel movements and skin. If he/she starts a rash, begin to eliminate foods until you discover the cause. Also pay close attention if your child develops diarrhea or constipation. They both can be a sign of an allergy or inability to digest something. (Constipation can also be caused by not enough liquids in the diet so assess accordingly.) Also, as you transition into chunkier foods- watch your baby's stool to make sure it is getting digested. If not, go back to pureeing until your baby's system can handle digestion better.
Good luck! You can do it.
**Remember, always consult with your pediatrician regarding introducing solid foods to your baby and specifically discuss any foods that may pose allergy risks for your baby.
What I have in my freezer currently (all pureed or mashed):
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