Sunday, June 13, 2010

Homemade Sweet Potato Baby food

The Goodness of Sweet Potatoes for Baby:
Sweet potato
The nutritional value of yams/sweet potatoes cannot be ignored. They are high in Vitamin A and beta carotene as well as potassium. They also contain a good amount of Vitamin E, calcium and folate.
Sweet Potatoes (1 medium baked)


Vitamin A - 24,877 mg
Vitamin C - 28.0 mg
Pantothenic Acid - .74 mg
Niacin - .69 mg
Folate - 26.2 mcg

Contains some other vitamins in small amounts.


Potassium - 273 mg
Phosphorus - 29.5 mg
Magnesium - 13.5 mg
Calcium - 6.2 mg
Sodium - 11.0 mg
Iron - .55 mg
Selenium - .5 mg
Manganese - .6 mg
Zinc - .3 mg

Also contains small amount of copper.

These wonderful vegetables are a great first baby foods,(even for the early solid food starter) for baby as they are packed full of nutrients, highly palatable and due to their fiber content, help digestive tract and bowel health.

This has to be one of our all-time favorite first baby foods. Both our children have loved it, probably because of its subtle sweetness. And it is, by far, the easiest vegetable to prepare.

Here is what you do:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Simply take one large sweet potato. Scrub it and prick it with a fork.
Bake for 30 - 60 minutes or so (depending on the size), until it feels soft.
Once cooked, r
emove skins by slitting the sweet potato lengthwise when cooled then scoop out the "meat". Use a liquid from your preferred source to puree or thin the sweet potatoes.
Since we are just at the beginning stages of food I will make enough food for 2 - 3 baby food jars. Our baby is only eating 1 Tbsp or so of food a day. We start out slow and work our way up!
I like baby food jars because the travel easy and you can throw them in the freezer. I have used ice trays before too!

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