Before starting the baby food recipes of carrot, let me tell you some important things about the carrot that would give you a brief knowledge, and you can also recommend this to your family members and friends.
There are many human beings including the toddlers, who eat carrots in their daily life. The reason behind it is the number of nutritional benefits this vegetable has. Although there are some parents who think that feeding carrot to their baby would be a hard thing which their babies can’t digest, in actual, this isn’t the case.
What are the Benefits of Carrots?
This question may come to your mind whenever you see or heard a recipe of carrot for babies. Well, a few things that I am mentioning below will give you the accurate answers for your ease and trust to follow this for your babies.
According to Dr. Ari Brown who is a pediatrician in Boulder, Colo, said that carrots are the good vegetable for a baby, because of the nutrition’s, taste and texture it has.
He further said that this vegetable is so easy to swallow and digest by an infant. If we talk about its nutrition so, it has an ideal source of beta-carotene. For those who don’t know about beta-carotene, it’s something that converts into vitamin A in the body when a baby or any other age group of person eats it.
It contains a good amount of fiber, iron, calcium and vitamin C that is important for a baby.
When can babies Eat Carrots?
The best time to introduce carrot into your baby live is In between 6 to 8 months of age and feed them 2 to 3 tablespoons of this vegetable for getting started.
Can I feed a carrot to less than 6 months of age?
According to science and some religious facts, the only thing that helps and make your baby healthy is breast milk. Although in some cases, most of the babies can eat and digest hard foods like a carrot in the age of 4 to 5 months, the best thing is to avoid it in this age.
Can I Feed Carrots daily to my baby?
According to LiveScience, the carrot has a lot of nutrition, minerals, and fibers but, feeding this vegetable daily to your babies could bring a lot of carotene into your baby body, which will produce a disease in your baby, also known as carotenemia.
Carotenemia is a disease in which your baby skin will transform into yellowish or orange pigmented color. Specifically, it will affect your baby palms, soles, knees and nasal area of skin. So, it’s better to feed carrot twice or thrice a week to your baby.
Can babies drink carrot juice?
If it’s hard for you to make baby food recipes with carrot, you can also go with the carrot juice. The time duration of giving carrot juice to your baby is minimum to 6 months of age.
Moreover, keep one thing in your mind not to give juice daily to your children as it will excess weight and tooth decay into your baby life. Give 2 to 4 ounces of carrot juice to your baby in the start. Add some water and sugar too so the juice will grind well and give a good flavor to your baby.
Note: One of the important thing that you need to know about is that boiling the food could reduce the nutrients of any vegetable, and fruit. The best approach is to steam the vegetables as this process won’t reduce the nutrients of any vegetable. Most of the recipes I have mentioned below had the boiling procedure but, you can replace it by steaming the ingredients.
Congratulations you have got a lot of information about the carrot, which will help you in the future. Now let’s dig into the recipes.
Homemade Baby food Recipes with Carrot
Carrot and Rice Porridge recipe:
- 1 Tablespoon Rice (Washed).
- ¼ Cup Carrot (must be Peeled, washed and chopped.)
- 1 Cup Water.
The very first thing you have to do is to add rice, carrots, and water into a saucepan. Keep the flame high until the water boils, and stir it. When the water boils, stir it again and cover the saucepan with a lid.
After covering it with the lid, reduce the heat to low and leave the food to cook for at least 20 minutes or until the carrots are fully cooked. If you see water after 25 minutes, there is nothing to worry about it. Just off the flame, and leave it to cool down.
When the food cools down, put it into a blender and add some water in it to make a good puree. Blend the mixture until you get the perfect consistency for your baby. Pour the porridge into your baby food bowl as its ready for serving.
Note: If you feel the thickness in the porridge, you can add more water for a thinner consistency.
2. Apple and Carrot Puree
- 1/4 cup of Carrot.
- 1/4 cup of Apple.
Use each ingredient according to your need, and that’s why I didn’t mention it here.
The first step is to use a potato peeler for peeling the skin of carrot and apple. Once the process is done, cut the carrot and apples into chunks. If you are busy, you can use an apple slicer to save your time.
After you finish the slicing part, now it’s the time to add the carrot, apple, and water into a saucepan. Add the amount of water until all the ingredients immersed in it. Keep your flame high and stir the ingredients with it until the water boils.
When the water boils, cover the saucepan with a lid and decrease the flame heat to low, and cook it for at least 25 to 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, off the flame and transfer your baby food into a blender. Add some water, and blend the ingredients until it gives you a smooth consistency.
Note: Make sure to scrape the sides of the blender to find any remaining chunks that are not blended properly.
This recipe has the potential to increase your baby health by promoting healthy skin and eyes.
3. Apple, Carrot and Beetroot Puree
- 1/4 cup of Apple.
- 1/4 cup of Carrot.
- 1/4 cup of Beetroot.
- Breast/ Formula milk (Optional).
Use the ingredients according to your needs.
First of all peel the apple, carrot, and beetroot, and cut them into small chunks. Turn on the flame into high, add all the ingredients and stir until the water boils. When the water boils, cover the saucepan with a lid, and reduce the flame. Cooke it until the ingredients get tender.
Turn off the flame and leave the ingredients to cool down. Now, transfer the ingredients into a blender for the final step. After transferring the ingredients into a blender, add breast/formula milk to give the puree a creamy texture.
If you are not interested to add milk into the ingredients, you can also add water. Blend the mixture until it becomes smooth. Congratulations, your baby food is ready to serve.
Healthy note: The starting part of this article has already covered the healthy benefits of carrot. But, there are two other things mentioned in this recipe, and they are also beneficial for your baby health.
According to the research, beetroot is full of vitamins, minerals, and powerful antioxidants. It will help your baby in improving blood flow and is also good for the brain. Apple also has a lot of antioxidants, and babies love this fruit as well.
4. Carrots, Peas and Couscous Recipe
- 1/4 cup of Carrot.
- 1/4 cup of Peas.
Start the procedure by peeling the carrot and peas. Wash them properly, and cut it down into small chunks. In this recipe, you have to steam the carrot and peas until it gets tender. You can go through a toothpick inside the ingredient to check if it’s tender.
The next step is to boil the couscous so, turn on the flame to a high flame add water in it and leave it until the water boils. When the water boils, add the couscous into the boiling water, stir, turn off the flame, and cover the saucepan for 5 minutes.
Mash the carrots and peas, and add the boiled couscous. Mix the ingredients properly, and your baby food is ready.
Note: This recipe is best for a baby who is 10 months of age.
5. Carrot, Chicken and Broccoli Recipe
- 1/4 cup of Carrot.
- Normal Chicken Breast Piece.
- 1/4 cup of Broccoli.
First of all, cut the broccoli and carrot into small pieces. Wash the Chicken and boil it into the hot boiling water for 1 minute so, it will properly clean. Put the chicken and carrot into the steamer or any alternative that can steam anything, and leave it for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, boil the broccoli into hot water for 1 minute. Add the boiled broccoli into the ingredients, and steam all the ingredients for 10 to 15 minutes. After 10 to 15 minutes, all the ingredients will be completely cooked.
Cut the chicken breast piece into small chunks, mash them with your hands, and add all the ingredients into a blender. The water that you used for steaming, add it into the blender. Start the blending process until all the ingredients become smooth.
Congratulations, your baby food is ready to serve.
6. Carrot Kheer with Dates (Asian Style)
- 1/4 cup of Carrot.
- Dates (2 normal sizes).
- 1 teaspoon of Clarified Butter (Ghee).
- 10 minutes of Soaked Rice (According to your need).
First of all turn on the flame, take a pressure cooker, and add two tablespoons of water. Add deep chopped dates into the water, stir, until the dates become mushy. Add two teaspoons of clarified butter, and two tablespoons of grated carrots.
Stir it for around 1 to 2 minutes. Add milk and soaked rice into the ingredients. Cover the Pressure cooker, and cook the mixture for 3 whistles or 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, check the carrot and mash it further if you want. Transfer the food into your baby bowl, and it’s ready to serve.
Note: This food is for 8+ months of babies, and if you want to thin this food further you can add more milk into it and mashed it further to make it thinner.
7. Potato, Rice and Carrot Recipe
- A ¼ cup of soaked Potato.
- A ¼ cup of Carrot.
- 1 Table Spoon of soaked Rice.
- 1 cup of Water.
Take the Carrot and Potato, peel, wash and cut them into chunks. The quantity of the ingredients are already mentioned above so, keep this in your mind. Soak the potatoes until the cooking procedure starts.
Take a saucepan and put it on the flame. Add 1 cup of water in it, and turn on the flame to high. Now add the soaked rice, soaked potato, and carrot. Stir the ingredients until the water boils. When the water boils, cover the saucepan with a lid.
Reduce the flame to low and cook the ingredients for 20-25 minutes until everything cooked properly. If there is any water left in the sauce, don’t worry about that. Turn off the flame and let it cool down. If you want a dry or grainy texture, you can use a strainer for that when you transfer the food to a bowl.
As a baby eats smooth or light things, the next process starts with a blender. Add all the ingredients and water to make it a thin puree. Blend the mixture until you were not satisfied with a perfect consistency for your baby.
Congratulations, the food is ready to serve.
Note: This recipe is for 6+ month’s age of baby, and is very healthy.