Baby food does not have to be bland. Spices are a great way to make food more interesting and flavorful. Consider that early introduction of spices also help you avoid using salt or sugar in any of your kid(s)’ foods. This is something I’m working on for myself and am learning lots about yummy spices in my family’s foods.
As always, you should ask your pediatrician, but it seems that most don’t recommend adding spices until at least 8 months old. Some of this may be due to allergic reactions, but most often it is to avoid stomach upsets. However, parents in other countries often introduce spices much earlier. As with new foods, follow the 3-5 day wait period to watch for any reactions.
- curry powder (but watch Baby carefully, as some babies have reactions)
- garlic powder
- lemon zest
- orange zest
- vanilla (alcohol-free)
- Remember that you should not add salt to your baby’s food.
SOME COMBINATION OPTIONS
- apples and cinnamon
- pears and nutmeg
- carrots and nutmeg
- sweet potatoes and nutmeg and/or cinamon
- peas and garlic powder
- green beans and pepper
- brown rice or other whole grains and basil and/or rosemary
Please share your thoughts and ideas.