My husband is fond of commenting on the textural similarities between baby poop and pureed baby food. Rude, you say? Are you a parent? Something about parents – they seem to have an uncanny ability to interchangeably discuss the consistency of their baby’s poop and the food that their baby eats.
The majority of Koro’s diet consists of vegetables, so it is no wonder that her high fiber diet is reflected in her poop. At 11 months old, Koro, unlike her older sister, does not discriminate against any veggie I offer her. However, she, like many babies (and adults), is sensitive to texture. Have you ever had steamed broccoli with minimal amounts of liquid? It is a little difficult to swallow.
To accommodate Koro’s sensitivity to texture, I incorporate either a sweet potato (jewel or garnet) or a white potato (Yukon or Red) with difficult-to-obtain-smooth-consistency-type vegetables like broccoli, green beans and spinach. Below is a recipe for sweet potatoes and broccoli.
I highly recommend using organic green beans, spinach and/or broccoli when making this recipe for your baby. As nitrate fertilizers are not used to grow organic produce, the nitrate levels found in these vegetables, which can be deadly to babies under the age of 6 months, is reduced (but not eliminated).
Sweet Potato and Broccoli
For babies 6+ Months (if you use spinach, for babies 8+ months)
1 mediums sized organic sweet potato (or white potato), peeled and cubed
1 handful of organic broccoli florets
Steam your sweet potatoes for about 5 minutes. Add the broccoli florets. Steam for another 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and puree in a blender, adding enough FRESH water (not the steaming liquid, as this will help reduce possible nitrate contamination) to create a smooth consistency.
You can serve this dish to older babies as well – just make mixture chunky and not as smooth.