Table of contents:
- 1. Rice and chicken porridge
- 2. Apple Porridge
- 3. Pea, pasta and meat porridge
- 4. Chicken porridge, potato, carrot and spinach
At 8 months, babies should have 4 meals a day, including 2 fresh fruit porridge for morning and afternoon snacks, and 2 main porridge for lunch and dinner. However, it is important to remember that breast milk or infant formula are still the baby's main meals, and should be offered throughout the day and at other meals.
Food should be scraped or mashed with a fork and kept separate on the plate, to encourage chewing and recognition of different flavors and textures of food. In addition, offering foods separately facilitates the identification of foods that may cause allergies or intolerances in the child.
The 8-month-old baby can now sit up better and pick up the spoon, being more active during meals.Food preparation can include natural seasonings such as chives, parsley, thyme, onion and garlic, but s alt and sugar should not be added to preparations. See how your baby can be fed at 8 months.
Here are 4 recipes for complementary feeding for an 8-month-old:
1. Rice and chicken porridge
Rice and chicken are foods rich in protein and energy, essential for the baby's development. Rice also provides fiber, which helps keep the intestines working properly.
- 1 tablespoon of cooked rice;
- 1 tablespoon of cooked beans;
- 2 tablespoons of shredded cooked chicken;
- ½ unit of chopped chayote;
- ½ unit of chopped tomato;
- 1 teaspoon of olive oil;
- 1 teaspoon garlic;
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley;
- 1 cup of water tea.
In a pan, sauté the garlic in olive oil and add the chicken. Add the chayote and tomato and cook until soft. Allow to cool before serving.
On a plate, place 1 spoon of cooked rice and mash it with a fork. Add 1 tablespoon of cooked beans and mash. Finally, add 2 tablespoons of the chicken stewed with chayote and tomato and mash. It is important that all foods are separated on the plate to facilitate the baby's recognition of the different textures and flavors.
2. Apple Porridge
Apple is a fruit rich in minerals, which help in the formation of bones and teeth. In addition, the fruit is also a great source of fiber, which helps to maintain the proper functioning of the intestine and prevent constipation in the baby.
½ piece of fresh apple
Wash well, cut in half and remove the seeds from the apple. Scrape the fruit with a spoon and give it to the baby.
3. Pea, pasta and meat porridge
Pea is a legume rich in fiber, protein and minerals that are essential nutrients for the growth and formation of bones and teeth of the baby. Meat is rich in iron, helping to prevent the onset of anemia.
- 1 tablespoon of dried peas;
- 2 tablespoons of cooked noodles;
- 2 tablespoons of ground beef;
- ½ piece of cooked carrot;
- 1 teaspoon of green smell;
- 1 teaspoon garlic;
- 1 teaspoon of olive oil.
Soak the peas in water overnight. Drain the peas and place in a pan, covering with 2 fingers of water above the beans. Cook for 20 minutes, turn off the heat and set aside. In another pan, sauté the garlic in olive oil and add the ground beef. Cook for 20 minutes and add the green smell. Allow to cool before serving.
On a plate, place 1 tablespoon of peas, 1 tablespoon of cooked pasta, 1 tablespoon of carrots and 1 tablespoon of ground beef. Mash with a fork and place the food on the plate separately for the baby.
4. Chicken porridge, potato, carrot and spinach
Chicken is a food rich in protein and iron, important nutrients for the baby's development and to prevent anemia. In addition, this baby food is rich in vegetables that are sources of fiber, vitamins and minerals that help to strengthen the baby's immune system.
- 1/2 boneless, skinless chicken breast fillet;
- 1/4 chopped onion;
- 2 chopped potatoes;
- 1 chopped carrot;
- 20 chopped spinach leaves;
- 1 dessert spoon of fresh parsley;
- 1 dessert spoon of olive oil;
- 1/2 cup of water.
In a pan, sauté the onion in olive oil. Add the chicken breast and cook for 15 minutes. Add the potatoes, carrots and water. Cook well for 10 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are tender. Add the spinach leaves and parsley and cook for another 2 minutes.
While cooling, place 1 tablespoon of chicken breast, 1 tablespoon of carrot, 1 tablespoon of potato and 1 tablespoon of spinach on a plate. Knead and serve baby food separately.