Everyone loves a good toast.
You baby is not an exception. A piece of toast cut into sticks is a perfect finger food. It’s convenient to grab and has the chewy texture babies love.
But you can take the humble toast to a totally new nutritional level with these 6 toppings I share in this toast. Additional bonus: your baby’s taste buds will get super excited about the spice combos!
– Did you know that 1 slice of fortified bread has 1mg of iron? Babies need a total of 11mg per day from 7 to 12 months. Munching on some toast fingers with iron rich toppings like meat, beans and egg yolk is a great way to help them get enough.
– You do not need to serve only whole grain bread all the time. Your baby does not need so much fiber. It can excessively speed up the transit of food through his digestive tract and affect the nutrient absorption.
– But if you can find a low sodium variety of bread, make sure to stock on it (bread keeps well in the freezer). Babies do not need too much sodium and it is best to limit it as much as you can.
– Make sure to toast the bread before giving it to the baby so it is slightly firm, easy to hold and a little chewy.
– Do not spread too much topping. Big blobs of sticky purees like nut butters can be a choking hazard.
– If your baby is just starting to learn to self feed and does not have a pincer grasp, cut the toast into sticks. If your baby can already pick up food with his fingers, you can cut the toast into small dime sized shapes.
– Once your baby has successfully sucked out all the yummy goodness out of his toast finger, spread some more topping on. If the toast finger became too soggy and crumbly, it is time to replace it with a new one!
6 nutritious toppings for your baby’s toast
1. Mashed avocado+lemon
– Cut a ripe avocado in half, remove the pit and mash it with a fork. Sprinkle some lemon juice on top if you like.
2. Home made hummus + coriander
– Drain and rinse one can of chickpeas.
– Pour the chick peas into a food processor together with 1/3 cup of olive oil, 1 glove chopped garlic, 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste), 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 2 tablespoons water.
– Blend until smooth scraping the mixture off the walls and adding more water is necessary.
– Sprinkle with some coriander or cumin if you like.
3. Cooked egg yolk+paprika
– Place an egg in a small pot with water.
– Bring to a boil and simmer for 7 minutes.
– Cool the egg under cold running water.
– Peel the egg, cut in a half, remove the yolk and mash it with a fork, adding a little water, breast milk or formula to make the consistency spreadable.
– Sprinkle with some paprika if you like.
4. Almond, peanut or cashew butter + cinnamon (find out how to safely introduce peanuts to your baby)
– Spread thinly a very small amount (about 1 teaspoon) of nut butter on a toast.
– Sprinkle with come cinnamon if you like.
5. Meat puree+cumin
– Over medium heat, add about 1/4 pound of ground beef, pork or lamb to a skillet.
– Cook the meat, breaking up the pieces with a wooden spoon or spatula, until completely done.
– Place the meat and 1/4 cup of broth in a blender or food processor.
– Puree the meat, adding a little additional water if necessary to get a smooth spreadable texture.
– Use it on a toast or incorporate into purees, stews and soups to quickly boost the nutrition.
– Sprinkle some cumin on top.
6. Full fat ricotta or full fat Greek yogurt + herbs
Spread the cheese or yogurt on a toast and sprinkle with herbs (dill, parsley, cilantro or a mixture).
Here you go – six nutritious and varied toppings for your baby’s toast. Time to move beyond Nutella! 🙂
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Tell me, which one does your baby like the most?
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