My family and I eat a lot of fish. When my son started eating solids at six months, one of the first foods that I fed to him was salmon and sweet potato. Not only is fish like salmon great for the body and brain, but a Danish study that I had read a few years ago found that not introducing babies to fish between six and twelve months is linked to an increased risk of asthma. Wanting to introduce my son to fish as quickly as possible, in addition to the sweet potato combination, I also whipped him up a batch of salmon and avocado baby food.
Salmon is low in sodium and high in omega-3 fatty acids. The pink fish is also a good source of thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, and phosphorus and a very good source of protein, vitamin B12, and selenium. Avocados are very low in cholesterol and sodium. The green fruit is also a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, protein, and healthy monounsaturated fat.
To make my homemade baby food, I started with organic avocado, some frozen salmon, and some fluoride-free baby water. I washed, peeled, and pitted the avocados and then combined the fruit in a glass bowl with some water. To prevent browning and kill any pathogens, I cooked the mixture for two minutes in my microwave. I also cooked the salmon in my oven according to the directions on the package.
After allowing the cooked avocado and salmon to cool slightly, I spooned equal parts of both foods into my Baby Bullet and added some additional water. I then blended the mixture into a thin puree. (For older babies, use less water for a thicker mash.) Once puréed, I spooned the baby food into freezer containers and ice cube trays for easier freezing. After the puree froze, I moved the frozen cubes into freezer safe baggies for easier storage. Now as my son needs baby food, I simply thaw a few cubes in the refrigerator or microwave.
When did you first introduce fish to your baby? Does your baby like fish? Do you make your own baby food?
Baby Water and Organic Avocados © 2015 Heather Johnson
Peeling the Organic Avocados © 2015 Heather Johnson
Cooked Organic Avocados © 2015 Heather Johnson
Frozen Salmon © 2015 Heather Johnson
Raw Salmon © 2015 Heather Johnson
Pureeing the Salmon and Avocado © 2015 Heather Johnson
Homemade Salmon and Avocado Baby Food in Ice Cube Tray © 2015 Heather Johnson