Week 13: Watermelon and Broccoli

Watermelon

Watermelon For Your Baby

Watermelon can be a great first finger food, because it has a soft consistency, but baby can still pick it up. It doesn't have much in it other than water, but it is great on a hot day. Look for seedless watermelon, and sometimes you can find it in containers already cut up (a great time saver!). You can usually find small watermelons all year round at the grocery store, but they are really prevalent in summer.

There are more than fifty varieties of watermelon ranging in size from less than a pound, to more than two hundred pounds with flesh that is red, orange, yellow, or white, so there are lots to try if you love watermelon!

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When is baby ready?

8 months old

How to buy

Look for a seedless firm watermelon or buy watermelon chunks in the salad section of your supermarket.

Homemade Baby Food Recipe

Watermelon keeps well in its cut up state. You frequently see watermelon in mixed fruit containers at stores because it keeps so well this way. When you decide to eat it, cut all of it up and put in a container to save yourself some time.

How to store

Store whole watermelon in refrigerator or on the counter. Eat chunks within a few days.

Are there baby food jars?

No.

Should I buy organic?

No. it has a tough rind so it probably doesn't contain pesticides.

Adult Recipe

Try serving this to baby too, if your baby likes cheese.

Watermelon Feta Salad

4 cups seedless watermelon diced
8 oz feta cheese crumbled
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
Toss watermelon, feta and parsley in serving bowl and put in fridge. Do NOT serve this salad at room temperature because the feta goes soggy and the watermelon gets a strange texture.

Broccoli

Broccoli For Your Baby

Broccoli is one of those vegetables that people love to hate. We think this is probably because most people have been fed broccoli when it isn't fresh, and it can taste quite bitter and sulfurous. But, fresh broccoli is a joy - sweet and it has a great consistency. It is good raw or fully cooked and if you can find a way to love it - it is very nutritious.

When baby gets older, you can play a game where your baby thinks that the broccoli stalks are little trees and she is a big dinosaur eating them!.

When is baby ready?

8 months old

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How To Buy

There are three forms of broccoli to buy. Whole broccoli, fresh broccoli florets in a plastic bag, and frozen broccoli florets. Whole broccoli needs to be chopped up and the stem can be used if you peel it. Freezing broccoli does not significantly alter the nutrient content.

Homemade Baby Food Recipe

Simmering or microwaving broccoli are the easiest ways to prepare it. If you are using whole broccoli, cut off florets, and then peel the stem and chop.

  1. Simmering - put it in a saucepan cover with salted water, and cook on high until the thick part of the stalks can be pierced with a fork (about 8 minutes).
  2. Microwaving - put them in a shallow bowl with 2 tablespoons water. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 3 minutes, shake the container, and microwave at 1 minute intervals until the stalks are tender.

If you are using bagged broccoli or frozen broccoli follow the directions on the package.

Cut up the tenderest pieces for your little one and just place on her tray.

To Store

Put in a loose plastic bag in the vegetable bin and use as soon as possible.

Baby food jars

No.

Organic

No. It is on the list of vegetables the USDA found to contain the least amount of pesticides.

Adult Recipe

Since many people don't like broccoli, we will try adding the ingredient that makes most vegetables palatable - cheese! Since cheese sauce takes a while to make and we are avoiding processed cheese, we will use parmesan. Give a little taste to the baby - she may surprise you and love it!

Broccoli and Parmesan

1 pound cooked broccoli
4 ounces grated parmesan
Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter a square baking dish and put broccoli in and cover with Parmesan. Bake until parmesan is melted - about 10 minutes.

Eating tip of the week

Let baby do as much as he can by himself. For example, if he wants to use the spoon in the yogurt and make a big mess - let him. The sooner he learns to eat by himself, the sooner you get more time to do other things while he eats. Try not to leave the room when he is eating, but you can do the dishes or chop something where you can see him keeping him amused, getting him fed, and getting your chores done. A win-win-win!

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