Gobble Gobble It Up: Baby’s First Thanksgiving with PC Organics

As the days become crisper and the leaves begin to fall, summer is slowly becoming a distant memory for us. We start to pull out our thick sweaters and boots and before you know it the holidays are in full swing. With a new baby in tow the holidays can be a daunting experience. You usually find yourself travelling to and from different family members homes, the atmospheres at times can be quit loud and crowded and of course schedules and routines are broken. The one thing you shouldn’t have to worry about is what your baby is going to eat at these holiday dinners. There are a wide variety of foods found at holiday dinners that can easily be adjusted to accommodate your baby with out putting any stress on you or the host. Here are some holiday dinning tips from a registered dietician.

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Turkey Time
Did you know turkey can be a first food? Iron-rich meats are a great choice for introducing to your baby after the age of 6 months. Using a hand-held blender on pulse, puree the meat until it is very smooth in texture. If the consistency is thick, try adding breast milk, formula or water to the mixture. The final product should drip easily from a spoon. Fattier meat from the turkey thigh or leg works best for this baby-friendly version of a Thanksgiving staple. As your baby gets older you can puree less and include some texture.

Variety of Veggies
Heaps of buttery mashed regular or sweet potatoes are another Thanksgiving favourite. For baby, set aside some of the mashed mixture before adding butter, cheese, bacon or sour cream and serve them the plain mash. For very young infants (6-8 months), thin the mixture with formula or breast milk to ensure it isn’t too thick. Similarly, the veggies from items like green bean casserole and glazed carrots can all be pureed and served to baby.

Know the Ingredients
While we all have our traditional family recipes, if you’re dining with a new family or a new recipe is introduced, ensure you know what’s in the food before serving to baby. Things like nuts, heavy cream and spicy seasonings can be hidden from the naked eye in casseroles and stuffing. Be sure to double check with your host on these items ahead of time. To be safe, bring along your own Thanksgiving-themed baby-friendly food option like PC® Organics Apple Strained Baby Food Pouch or PC® Organics Pumpkin, Apple, Peach & Buckwheat Strained Baby Food.

Sweet Treats
While your baby doesn’t yet know what dessert is, you can still offer them some if you like. Tasty treats like homemade pumpkin pie can be easily transformed for your baby. For babies six-to-eight months in age, scoop out pie filling and puree it until fine and runny, adding formula or breast milk to thin the texture. You can also skip the extra effort by offering baby a sweet treat like PC® Organics Blackberry Cobbler Flavour Pouch. Remember to keep the sweet servings small while you introduce your baby to this new area of deliciousness.

Foods to Avoid
While adults enjoy loading their turkey with condiments like gravy and cranberry sauce, serving these items to your baby isn’t a good idea. Babies don’t need the added sodium and sugar these condiments contain. Stick to plain foods as your baby gets used to consuming and digesting solids.

I hope these dietician approved tips help put you at ease for the upcoming holiday season. Check back on Tuesday for a yummy PC® Streusel Topped Sweet Potato Bake recipe that we made for our annual Friends Giving dinner. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Xo. Andria

{Disclosure this post was sponsored by Presidents Choice.}

3 thoughts on “Gobble Gobble It Up: Baby’s First Thanksgiving with PC Organics

  • October 13, 2015 at 4:51 pm
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    My babies have always loved yams for one of their first foods:)

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  • October 13, 2015 at 11:53 pm
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    Love the table setting! So beautiful! I have a confession. I’ve never had turkey in my life. It’s not widely available where we live. Sad life, I know. LOL

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