Please be sure to read my disclaimer on all baby food recipes before continuing.
We’re back with another installment of the paleo baby food recipe series. Be sure to check out last week’s recipe as well.
Green Slime Pudding
I decided to give this recipe a more fun name, and when you have your finished product you will understand why it’s called this.
1 cup organic baby spinach (baby seems to help blend, but not required)
1 ripe to almost-ripe banana (organic if possible)
1/2 ripe avocado (Be careful not to go over ripe on these)
Step 1: Cook the spinach in the most convenient manner you choose. You can lightly steam the spinach, or toss it in the microwave for 30 seconds. You want it to soften, but retain it’s liquid. As we mentioned in recipe #1, we want to balance the “wet” foods that add moisture with the ones that absorb it. In this recipe, “wet” foods are outnumbered 2 to 1, which is what helps create the pudding-like consistency.
Step 2: Peel your banana and cut it into pieces about 1 inch long.
Step 3: Cut your avocado in half, and remove the pit.
- Step 4: Blend some of the spinach with 2 of the banana pieces, and about a tablespoon of the avocado. I advise you to go heavier on the spinach at first, and then add more banana and avocado to thicken.
- Step 5: Repeat step 4 until you are out of spinach. At that point you should just continue to add equal parts banana and avocado until you reach a pudding like consistency.
A note on consistency: Even if your baby food comes out exactly as shown above, every child is different when it comes to how they like their food. After feeding your child for a few weeks you will get a better idea of how they like their food. Some prefer it on the watery side, and others thicker. Keep that in mind as you continue to make their food for them, as you may need to adjust the ingredients slightly.
Flavor summary: Depending on your final blend this could vary from sweet to creamy. The spinach won’t add too much flavor, so your baby will likely taste mostly the banana and avocado.
Vitamins and nutrition: The sweet potato and apple provide a good source of carbs and calories for your child. Spinach isn’t very calorie dense, but helps with vitamins and minerals. Here is the vitamin information according to fitday.com (Note: Percentages shown are for adults, but this gives perspective of what is and isn’t in the recipe. As always, consult your pediatrician for nutritional advice for your child.)