I love to use anchovies as a source of nourishing brain building fats in my children’s diet. I know what you are thinking- anchovies are loaded with salt. Here is the bottom line- all humans including babies need salt to live.
The problem in the United States is most people consume too much salt with the largest source from processed foods. If your baby is eating a whole foods diet without processed foods, he or she will benefit from the brain building fats in small oily fish such as anchovies. Below are solutions to reduce salt intake if you are worried.
Options for Purchasing Anchovies for Baby Brain Food
Best option: Fresh caught anchovies.
While I admit this can be difficult to come by if you are land-locked but it is worth a try.
- Ask you local seafood distributor to special order them for you.
- If you live near water, ask a local bait fisherman.
- Ask your local Asian market if they have access to fresh anchovies or small oily fish.
- Ask your local grocery store if they will be ordering them around the Holiday’s as part of The Feast of the 7 Fishes.
- Buy dehydrated anchovies online.
Tip for Fresh Anchovies: Small fish will spoil fast. Once you purchases the anchovies make sure you process them as soon as possible. Clean, rinse, mince, and freeze in individual portions packed with a little oil.
Good Option: Low sodium anchovies come packed in oil.
There will still be a high sodium content but you can soak the anchovies in milk to reduce the sodium. You can also rinse well in water after soaking for 10 minutes. I would also look for glass packaging.
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Replace anchovies with wild caught salmon or another small sustainable fish.
Anchovy Baby Food Recipe: White Peaches, Banana, & Anchovy Baby Brain Food
White Peaches, Banana, & Anchovy Baby Food is a perfect food to introduce texture, taste, and healthy brain fats to your baby’s meal plan. This recipe can provide a creamy but chunky texture at the same time.
Simply, mash the bananas and coarsely chop the peaches. Mix the two ingredients together to create two texture levels in one bite. If your child is sensitive to texture changes, start small by pureeing and over time increase the texture consistency. Ensuring your baby is ready for texture changes, read our post on food introduction and baby’s readiness for solid food and our post on teaching a baby to self-feed.
- ½ tsp. anchovies, minced
- ¼ banana, mashed
- 2 Tbsp. coarsely chopped white peaches
- 1 pinch of fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- Mix all ingredients together to a consistency your little one prefers.
If you like this recipe, try our Grass-Fed Anchovy Butter recipe to add to any kid meal or baby food.