Lacey's Favorite Foods
One of the biggest requests I’ve been getting lately is for me to share Lacey’s favorite solid foods. We started Lacey on solids at five months, simply because she was ready. Every time there was food around, she’d watch us eat and her curiosity would almost turn to sadness when she realized she wasn’t getting any. It was adorable!
I wasn’t into the whole rice cereal thing because with Lacey being a very sensitive baby (between her dairy issues and eczema), I wanted to wait to introduce grains. So her first food was a homemade mixture of sweet potato, carrot, and chicken stock. She loved it!
In the beginning, I was making all of her food. That quickly became too much for me and I resorted to using pouches here and there. Lacey is obsessed with avocado, so we used that frequently either on its own mixed with a little salt and pepper, or with a pouch. If I did resort to a pouch, I always added a healthy fat to it like avocado or coconut oil.
Now that she’s been eating solids for two months, she’s a pro! We decided not to do baby-led weaning because honestly, it freaked me out and felt like more effort on my end (which probably isn’t the case but this is what it felt like!). We also started solids when she wasn’t totally sitting on her own yet, which meant BLW was out of the picture. So for now, she’s mostly spoon-fed, and soon I’ll be simply putting food on her tray for her to feed herself (she feeds herself with the spoon most of the time).
Solids can seem like a daunting task, and I know I felt pretty overwhelmed within the first month. Thank goodness for my nanny, because she’s made me realize that babies can eat whatever we eat and LOVE flavor. So I do add pink Himalayan sea salt to her meals, as well as spices such as garlic, pepper, onion, etc. And I can’t even begin to explain how hysterical it is to watch her eat. She literally throws the spoon back onto the tray because she wants her next bite!
Here’s a few of her faves:
Whipped Avocado and Banana, 2-3 servings (this idea came from my friend Julia of lemonstripes.com)
- ½ avocado
- ¼-½ banana, depending on size
- 2-3 tablespoons of plain, whole-fat yogurt (we use goat)
- ½ teaspoon flaxseed meal
- Sprinkle of cinnamon
Blend and enjoy! Lacey loves this combo, and would eat it every day if I allowed. But I like her to get a mix of flavors, so I probably give this to her 2-3 times per week.
Lime Oatmeal, 2-3 servings (sounds weird, tastes amazing)
- ½ cup gluten-free whole oats, processed to break them up slightly in the babycook
- ¾+ cup breastmilk, formula, water, or milk of choice (we use breastmilk but have also made it with Lacey’s goat formula and it’s still good!)
- 1 tablespoon ghee or coconut oil
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 inch of lime zest (keep this whole, simply cut from the outside of the lime so you’ll be able to remove it later)
Cook oats just like you would for yourself in your liquid of choice—bring to a boil, then simmer for a few minutes on medium. Once cooked all the way, add the coconut oil, cinnamon stick, and lime zest and allow it to sit for a few minutes on low. Remove the cinnamon stick and lime zest, and serve!
Eggy Avocado, 2 servings
- 2 eggs
- ½ avocado
- Sprinkles of sea salt, turmeric or cumin, pepper, or spice of choice
Boil the eggs so they’re cooked all the way through, about 8-9 minutes. Once cooled, break the egg shell and place the egg yolks in a bowl (I’ll save the other egg for the next day in the fridge). You can discard the whites, or save them for a salad topping for yourself.
Mash the egg yolk with the ¼ avocado (the remaining avocado can be used the next day with the other egg yolk). Add in a dash of sea salt, pepper, and turmeric. If it doesn’t seem thin enough, sometimes I had in breast milk to soften things up. You can also simply use water. It’s a hit either way!
- Scrambled eggs, fed to her on a spoon right now but she’ll be able to feed herself these soon in omelet form
- Banana and egg pancakes, recipe courtesy of Inspiralized
- In the babycook or blender, mix up yogurt, berries, chia seeds, and almond butter (I’ve done this for Lacey a few times)
LUNCH // DINNER (Lacey is eating two solid meals per day right now, around 10:30-11am and 5pm)
I usually use the babycook to make a few vegetables, and mix them for different combinations each night. I’ve used: sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, squash, broccoli, etc. I’ll steam and blend each one individually with chicken broth, and season with salt and pepper. When I heat the combination up at night, so for example peas and squash, I add in a fat such as ghee, coconut oil, or avocado (if she hasn’t eaten it in her first meal). I’ll also add additional seasoning depending on the veggies used – cinnamon for sweet potatoes or butternut squash, cumin for carrots, etc.
This makes each night a breeze!
I also add in proteins such as chicken when I blend. She LOVES chicken. This weekend we’re going to try salmon, and I can’t wait!
Baby food doesn’t have to be complicated if you do a little planning and basically feed the baby what you’re eating. I made beef sauce one night – grass-fed beef with carrots, celery and onions, with the “sensitive” Rao’s marinara, then blended it up with carrots I had made for Lacey the day prior, and she ate the whole serving!
Hopefully this post is helpful. I’m still learning, and will definitely share more especially as Lacey goes from being spoon-fed to feeding herself over the next one to two months!