All children love sweet things and I have tried my hardest to keep sweet treats away from my daughter! I have done some research and would like to share with you all ways of sweetening your baby’s food along with nutritional benefits.
By including these ingredients in your home made recipes you will be satisfying your babies love of all things sweet.
Mashed Banana, apple and pear are usually the obvious and are great to add to almost anything both sweet and savory when pureed. Sometimes we are all short for time and I cheat by buying berries from Tesco’s! I then boil them to make them soft before pureeing! Olivia loves fruit with her Weetabix in the morning now she is older, and when she was weaning she had fruit with her baby porridge! Sometimes I give her fruit with steamed salmon! Soft boiled fruit also make great finger foods.
Lovely mashed mixed with meat or veggies or also great as a finger food. Peeled and boiled of course! A good taste with Liver.
Cinnamon and Nutmeg
I always have the powdered variety in my cupboard as I cook with these spices a lot. A good friend of mine who is a Nanny gave me this idea and told me to add to porridge for a sweeter taste. Olivia loves both nutmeg and cinnamon and has it with cereal, plain yogurt and sometimes on her blander veggies!
Ok so I have not tried this yet as it has deemed very awkward to find in stores near me, however if you decide to add this to cooking you should go for pure, extra virgin coconut oil. Basically coconut oil contains Lauric acid. Lauric acid is also found in breast milk therefore prevents and provides immunity against infection. I am going to make it my priority to find some. In the meantime I grabbed a bag of dried coconut flakes from the supermarket today. Before using dried coconut the bag states to soak the coconut shavings in boiled water for 10 minutes to make soft.