Food and Recipe Links for Infants and Toddlers

PLEASE NOTE THIS LIST DOES NOT ACCOUNT FOR ADDITIONAL FOOD INTOLERANCE (SUCH AS LACTOSE) OR ALLERGIES

* For infants, steam, mash or puree with breast milk, formula, plain yogurt, almond milk or coconut milk at your pediatrician’s recommendation
(S)= Sucraid recommended or required, consult dietitian
Starting with vegetables and non-sweet foods will help in developing a variable palate for your child. Given sucrose is one of the major problem foods, eliminating processed sweets and offering naturally sweet food (such as berries) as an occasional treat will help your child appreciate the treat and teach them that appropriate sweet foods in moderation will not harm them.
I have noted the approximate age where introducing this food is appropriate as a basic guideline. Consult your child’s dietitian to confirm age-appropriate foods.

I highly discourage using commercially prepared baby foods on a regular basis for several reasons.
1) The nutritional content is almost always compromised as foods must be heated at high levels in order to jar them. This heating process removes many vital nutrients.
2) There is no guarantee that added fillers, pesticides or other harmful ingredients (such as sugar) are not present.
3) Using convenience foods sets up a lifelong habit of consuming “fast food” that will inevitably compromise a healthy, high-quality diet.
4) Save these foods for emergencies or for traveling when absolutely necessary, and always choose single ingredient, organic foods to ensure the highest quality possible.
If you see a traditional “baby food” not listed, it is probably because it contains too much starch, such as peas or butternut squash, and will simply tax your child’s system. Obviously grains are not listed here due to their high starch content as well. However, as you will see, there are still many more healthy, easy to prepare foods to choose from!

Choose organic, locally-grown produce whenever possible!

VEGETABLES

(Introduce 1 per week or as discussed with your pediatrician)
Avocado (ripe, raw, mashed) (actually a fruit, but for practical reasons, listed here)~ 4 months or older
*(S) Carrots (steamed and mashed)~ 7 months
*Zucchini. cooked with skin removed ~ 7 months
*Yellow Squash, cooked with skin removed
Spaghetti Squash pureed without toppings

*Broccoli, cooked ~ 8 months

*Cauliflower, steamed or boiled ~ 9 months

*Spinach and Kale ~ 9 months (add to smoothies raw or steam and mash)

*Green Beans ~ 7 months

Butter Beans, canned with no added starches OR dry Baby Lima Beans soaked overnight, drained and boiled until soft) ~ 8 months

Mushrooms, cooked only ~ 9 months  (sauté in butter or coconut oil and blend with breast milk, heavy cream or formula to make a sauce that tastes great with green beans, cauliflower or butter beans) 

(S) Onions, cooked ~ 9 months

DAIRY

Plain Yogurt without added sugars or starches (maltodextrin). Should contain milk and bacteria cultures only. You can also purchase a yogurt maker from Lucy’s Kitchen Shop to make lactose-free yogurt. ~ 8 months

Cottage Cheese (without added fillers or starches) ~ 7 months

Hard cheese (jack or cheddar) ~ 8 months

NUT FLOUR/Butter

Almond flour (add to smoothies until child can eat eggs/baked goods)** ~ 8 months Almond flour contains protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, vitamin E, folate, iron, phosphorus, potassium, biotin, and many more valuable nutrients. It contains very little to no starch in comparison to peanuts and is much easier to digest overall.
Almond Butter, thinned ~ 10 months
Coconut, milk, flour or shredded~ Over 1 year or consult your pediatrician

OTHER BEVERAGES

Diluted grape, pomegranate, pineapple juice ~ Over 1 year
Diluted fresh pressed apple cider, warmed slightly ~ 9 months
Homemade Coconut or Almond milk ~ 9 months if no nut allergies

MEAT, FISH and POULTRY

Eggs, cooked yolk only ~ 7 months (scrambled with veggies, hard boiled)

Whole Eggs, cooked separately or in baked goods such as almond flour muffins or coconut flour crepes~ 9 months or older if egg allergy is not suspected

Chicken or Turkey ~ 8 to 10 months

Beef ~ 8 to 10 months

Fresh or frozen fish such as salmon, talapia, tuna, or trout (NO SHELL FISH) (check that ingredients do not include broth or soy) ~ 10 months

Pork ~ 8 to 10 months

AT 12 MONTHS or After Successful Introduction of ALL Vegetables, Dairy and Proteins

Continue adding various combinations of the above foods, seasoning with sea salt, pepper, and other low-starch or starch-free spices to increase palate and to help your child develop a variety of tastes.

FRUITS

(S)Super Ripe Bananas(brown spots and no green)—start with 1/3 banana ~ 6 months or older presenting no symptoms (rash, diarrhea, bloating, gas, etc.)

Blueberries, mashed ~ 9 months or older

(S) Strawberries, mashed ~ 9 months or older

Cherries, finely sliced ~ 9 months or older

Grapes (red or green seedless and cut-up) ~ 8 months

(S) Pineapple ~ 9 months or older

Tomatoes ~ 1 year or older

Limes or Lemons ~ Over one year old unless approved by pediatrician

Use the following fruits sparingly and only on occasion, as sucrose levels are very high and even with Sucraid, may still be difficult on your child’s digestive system.

(S) Pears, cooked ~ 9 months or older

(S) Peaches, cooked ~ 9 months or older

(S) Apple, cooked or raw (chopped, grated or sliced) ~8 months

(S) Watermelon or Cantaloupe, cut-up and seeded ~ 8 months Serve at least one hour apart from other foods and fruits in 1/4 cup or less servings.

For toddler over 18 months
Shredded, steamed cabbage
Cucumber, Peeled, finely chopped or pureed

Resources:

Momtastics Wholesome Baby Food
Super Baby Food
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2 thoughts on “Food and Recipe Links for Infants and Toddlers

  1. Anonymous says:

    Caution on using mushrooms; they can contain a disaccharide trehalose. In very rare ocassions within the rare CSID disorder trehalase is also a deficient enzyme and this can cause symptoms. It may be a separate disorder. Trehalose can be added into store bought foods as well.

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