Vegetarian Baby Food Recipes and Nutrition Tips
I experimented with vegetarian baby food recipes when our own children were infants and toddlers. Many recipes I used at the time were adapted from the classic by Frances Moore Lappe, Diet for a Small Planet That was, of course, over thirty years ago.
A RAW FOODIST SPEAKS ABOUT BABY NUTRITION:
Today while I recognize that babies need more essential fatty acids in their diet than adults do, I would not be using soy, cow's milk, or eggs to provide these fats. Here is what one of my favorite raw vegan gurus has to say in answer to a question from a young mom:
*Question*: Babies on the Raw Food Diet
"How does eating raw work for newly born babies (unfortunately not on breast milk) and beyond, such as a one-and- a-half year old? Is there a healthy substitute for cow's milk other than soy? Are all raw foods okay for them? Are some better than others and some to be avoided?"
*Answer*: There are different opinions. Obviously, babies thrive on breast milk from healthy mothers and there is no substitute that can be as healthy. If for any reason the mother can't nurse, then I think the baby should have animal milk, ideally raw goat milk. If the option of a wet nurse is available, it would be much better. I do not think soy milk-- or even nut milks-- is a healthy option.
There is a lot to say on the topic, and we actually plan to have a session on this in our upcoming Raw Health Inner Circle.
In ideal circumstances, babies would be fed breast milk. If that's not an option, then ideally use raw goat's milk.
Soft fruits can be introduced when the baby desires them, although at first it will be just to satisfy curiosity.
At about 6 months of age, they can have fruit in addition to breast milk-- green smoothies and plain blended salads can also be introduced, but breast milk should still be the staple.
Other high-fat foods such as young coconuts, avocados, etc., can be introduced progressively.
Nuts can be introduced after one year and should be ground down or turned into milks - whole nuts and seeds should be avoided.
Foods to avoid would be salt, spices, garlic, sprouted beans, and actually most things that aren't good for adults!
**It should be noted that babies and young children need to eat more fats than adults.
**thank you to Daniel Branco for the photo called "Best Milk" located at http://www.sxc.hu/photo/421167