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Baby Food Recipes For 6 Month Olds


When you introduce your baby to the world of our own food, it’s important that you choose healthy foods, but also tasty ones that will encourage them to eat well. Instead of giving them bland baby foods or cereals which are filled with sugar, introduce them to these solid family food starting from now.

Here are 4 healthy food ideas for 6 month olds;

1. Fruity Soya Porridge

Soyabeans is very nutritious, it contains proteins, essential amino acids and other nutrients that are very important for the growth and development of children. Buy soya beans powder and add soya to your baby’s meal with this fruit soya porridge recipe. Fruit should be added to give it taste and also provide more nutrients.

Ingredients:


  • 1/3 cup ground Porridge Oats (Quaker Oats, good morning oat)
  • 180ml water + some extra (milk can be added)
  • 2 tbsp Soyabean Powder
  • 2 tbsp Fruit Puree (any type of fruit)

How to prepare:

  1. Add oats to boiled water and cook for 2 minutes or until done.
  2. Stir in the soyabean powder and fruit puree. Add water if too thick or according to baby’s desired consistency.
  3. Serve warm.

2. Carrot Liver and Sweet Potato Puree

Sweet potato is not only delicious but healthy, carrots are good for the eyes and liver is a good source of protein, amino acids or minerals. Boil or bake the sweet potatoes, mash up with lumpy chunks to encourage your 6 months old baby to chew.

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 medium carrot
  • A chunk of cow liver
  • 1 tbsp ground crayfish
  • 2 tsps red or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water

To prepare:

  1. Peel and cut potatoes into small chunks. Do the same with the carrots.
  2. Wash and cut the liver and put in a pot. Add the potatoes, carrots and other ingredients into the pot.
  3. Leave to boil for about 20 minutes till all are cooked.
  4. Pour into a blender and blend. Mash it for bigger babies.

 

3. Avocado for 6 months olds

Avocado is highly nutritious and can be introduced to your baby as a first food, and the plus is, it requires no cooking.  Avocado can be introduced to babies from 4-6 months as a puree.

Creamy Avocado [4-6 months]

1/2 large or 1 small avocado; A little breastmilk or baby milk

Peel avocado and scoop out the flesh. Purée in a blender with the milk and serve.

Avocado & Banana  Delight [4-6 months]

1 small avocado; 1 small banana

Peel both fruits, blend or mash with a fork and serve.Better to mash it for 6 months olds.

Delight Porridge or Pap [4-6 months]

Avocado & Banana delight; Porridge Oats or Pap. Make a thick porridge oat or pap, mix in the mashed avocado and banana fruits and serve.

Yolky Avocado [6+ months]

1 small avocado; 1 boiled egg yolk; breast milk or baby milk. Mash the avocado and egg together. Add milkto make it a little creamier.

4. Meatball ogbono soup

You can make ogbono soup for your 6 months old baby if he’s the type that loves solid food, only thing is it will be made with meat, different from ours, just a little salt to taste, no pepper and fish is a no, no because of bones. But if you do add fish, be careful when feeding your baby.

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How to Make Healthy Home-Made Peanut Butter


Peanut is a delicious and nutritious nut that everyone can snack on. It can be eaten alone or use as a compliment to other foods.

In Nigeria, many people do different food combinations with groundnut. Some of which are garri (cassava flakes) and groundnut, garden egg and groundnut, boli ( smoked plantain) and groundnut, peanut butter for the bread. It is even used for cooking soup too.

Today, you will be learning how to make home-made peanut butter that is natural with no sugar, salt or preservatives.


Ingredients

  • Raw or already roasted Groundnuts (of your desired quantity)
  • Garri
  • Salt

Method ( Roasting)

You should follow this procedure if you starting to make your peanut from the scratch

  • Pick stones from the raw groundnuts and soak in hot water until the water changes colour
  • Drain the water out, sprinkle a little salt and spread it on a tray out in the sun or oven. Dry until the wetness disappears. Roast in a pot or a pan
  • To make roast the groundnuts, preheat the pan by placing it on fire for a few minute before sprinkling the garri instead of sand in it.
  • Add your groundnut and stir on 5-minute interval so that it would roast evenly
  • Let it roast until you are satisfied till you get the level of brownness you want.
  • Remove it from pan and place in a colander or sieve for it to cool
  • After some minutes, you can taste it to enjoy your crunchy peanut

Oven

  • After the destoning, selection, soaking and salting of the peanuts which has been explained in details above.
  • You need to preheat your oven to about 350 degrees
  • Pour the already salted groundnut into your oven pan
  • Stir on a five minutes interval and let it roast for 15 to 20 minutes
  • Allow it cool for some minutes and store in an airtight container to help it remain crunchy.

Peanut Butter

After your roasted peanut is ready before it gets to room temperature, pour it into a clean cloth and dehusk by rubbing the clothes together. The crispier it is the easier it would be when grinding

  • Blow out the husk and place the groundnut into your food processor or mixer.
  • You can add other things like salt, sugar and pepper powder (this is optional).
  •  Do not fill the mixer jar to the brim with your peanuts.
  •  First, pulse it, then increase the speed of your food processor or mixer to make it into a smooth paste
  • When it cools, store in a plastic or glass airtight containers
  • Peanut butter can be stored for 2-4 weeks in a refrigerator and up to 6 months in a freezer.
  • Ensure that you stir the peanut butter thoroughly before every use.
  • Peanut is good for everyone (as long as you do not have allergies). It can be used as a weaning food for babies and a perfect accompaniment for finger foods, spread and cereals.

Note: If you are using a store-bought roasted peanut, you can toast and stir in a pan for about 5 minutes. Then pour it into the food processor for a good wipe into peanut butter.

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