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Feeding Nourished Babies Series :: Peas

March 13, 2014

Feeding Nourished Babies Series :: Peas
(If you are just getting started with solids for baby, start HERE for the rest of the Feeding Nourished Babies Series!)

After I start my babies on some nourishing fats like pastured yolks, avocado, and coconut butter, I usually start introducing tastes of some gentle steamed veggies.

Vegetables should be served with friendly fats to ensure proper digestion and absorption of vitamins. I usually stir in coconut oil, real butter, or olive oil. A pinch of sea salt is also a good idea as baby can benefit from vital minerals.

I am a big believer in not “hiding” vegetable flavor. I don’t mix peas or green beans with apples, carrots, or squash to “sweeten” it up. A lot of the baby foods you will see in jars will have these combos and you might as well just feed them a jar of apples because there are barely any veggies in there!

Feeding Nourished Babies Series :: Peas
To this day my big girls don’t bat an eye at a side of peas or green beans…because they have been eating them since they were babies. I did my best to pave the road for them to not have to deal with pickiness. Please understand that I do get that there are kids with certain oral issues going on that contribute to texture issues and therefore pickiness. I do not believe this is the majority of children, however. Quite sure that all 3 girls now have “made a face” at first tastes of most foods. That doesn’t mean you need to strain it more, puree it more, sweeten it up, or quit trying. Within a few sessions of trying, they get the hang of it! One of my girls took a good couple weeks to accept pureed meats. Another took the longest to get the texture of banana. My current baby took a few tries of peas to get the hang of it. Now she is delighted to eat them.

Feeding Nourished Babies Series :: Peas
Peas are a great first veggie to start with. They are a great source of vitamins and protein and have a pleasant, slightly sweet taste. They are delicious with any friendly fat, and, for the majority, they are a gentle vegetable to digest. I puree most of my veggies, including peas, with bone broth for extra nourishment. You can certainly puree with water if you wish.
Feeding Nourished Babies Series :: Peas
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Ingredients
  • Organic peas (I get large bags of organic frozen peas at Costco)
  • Bone broth or water to puree to desired consistency
Instructions
  1. Steam the peas for 30 minutes.
  2. Puree in a blender or processor with bone broth or water to desired consistency.
  3. Store them in freezer safe containers, or make ice cube trays of them and store the cubes in freezer safe bags.
  4. When serving the peas warm them gently (NOT in a microwave! I like to put them in a container in my bottler warmer. You could warm over the stovetop if you wish.), and then stir in some coconut oil, real butter, or olive oil with a pinch of sea salt.

Tips:

    • This is obviously one of those baby foods you can just make a nice big batch of and store in the freezer. I think I make peas maybe twice before baby is ready to just eat regular, non pureed peas. I like THESE freezer containers. They are cheap, stack well, are BPA free, and are dishwasher safe.
    • HERE is how you can make simple bone broth to puree your veggies with more nourishment.
    • Start with a couple teaspoons of the peas and work up to a tablespoon or 2.
    • I couldn’t even find a steamer like the one I have anywhere online that is how old it is! And yet it has worked just fine for all my girls. It is sorta on it’s last leg as I have had it since college, and I do have my eye on THIS one for a little more room 😉
    • Peas make a great “finger food” closer to a year old. I very often will have a small container of steamed peas in the fridge that I can put out on the baby tray while I’m getting dinner ready. Great fine motor/pincher work too!
    • A simple pea soup is a great first soup to try with baby a little closer to a year old too!
    • Watch baby for a week during those first introductions of the peas. If you see any weird diaper action going on, redness around the mouth, or rashes on the skin, you will want to stop – this is the same with any first foods introductions. Try the peas again in a month and see what happens.
    • It can take up to 15 attempts of a new food for baby to accept the new food! This is the same for all first foods! If baby makes a funny face at first, don’t give up! They are getting used to new tastes, textures, and feelings in their mouth! Give them a chance to learn how this feels, how to use their tongue, etc.
    • THIS is a great first foods chart to give you an idea of what to follow when choosing first foods for your baby if you are wanting to follow the WAPF guidelines for feeding babies.
    • Read THIS for common FAQ’s and thoughts to keep in mind about feeding babies!

Feeding Nourished Babies Series :: Peas
Show me those sweet little green pea faces! Let me know how it goes!

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