Did you ever wonder what other cultures feed their baby? From whale blubber in Alaska to spiced curries in India, infants around the world eat a variety of texture and flavor. Many countries follow their customs and traditions when feeding infants and children. Raising a child is a great time to get back to your culture and link generations. It is a time to teach your family history through flavors.
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Teaching Taste: Adding Herbs, Spice and Flavor to Baby Food
Food preferences develop early in life. Don’t be afraid to spice up your infant’s life. I am not talking about adding a ton of spice to a recipe or hot spices. I am simply suggesting adding a little flavor to baby food. A dash of cinnamon in oatmeal, a small heap of garlic pureed in meat, or a pinch of cumin in avocado baby food can go a long way. However, in this situation more is not necessarily better. Start slowly and add small amounts of flavor to baby food. Determine a starting point for flavor preference and adapt the flavor gauge of your recipes.
Our Favorite Baby Food Flavor Combinations
Apples + Dash of Cinnamon + Carrots
Carrots + Dash of Ginger
Strawberries + Finely Chopped Mint
Smashed Banana + Finely Chopped Basil
Smashed Sweet Potato + Finely Chopped Rosemary + Finely Chopped Thyme
Whole Fat Greek Yogurt + Dash of Cumin + Smashed Avocado
Smashed Winter Squash + Dash of Cardamom
Smashed Banana + Dash of Cinnamon
Avocado + Dash of Cumin + Finely Chopped Cilantro
To determine the best herbs and spices to pair with fruits and vegetables, download our Herb & Spice Guide. This chart will help you add flavor to any food you serve your infant and other family members. It works for all ages and is super handy.