Introducing food high in iron to your baby is crucial. As our breast-milk and formula has only trace amounts of iron babies are born with enough iron stores to last them up until around six months of age, after which iron must be supplemented in their diet. As a really high source of haem iron (very easily absorbed) I am asked a lot about how and when to introduce meat into a baby. You can read more about this over my previous blog here and this is a great high iron puree to try with your baby!
These ingredients especially the lamb, lambs fry and spinach are all great sources of iron. The trick with using lambs fry (which has 9mg/100g of iron) is to nuterialise the smell with some lemon juice before hand – just allow a few hours for this.
150g lambs fry
1 lamb chop
Coconut oil or olive oil (for pan frying meat)
1 carrot, chopped (can leave skin on)
1 handful fresh spinach
1. Place lambs fry into a bowl and squeeze in 1/2 a lemon – this will neutralise the smell. Set aside for a few hours in the fridge.
2. Place the lambs fry into a blender and blitz – until it resembles the same texture as mince.
3. Cook the lamb chop on a fry pan and brown the lambs fry at the same time. Meanwhile steam the carrots and spinach.
4. Chop the lamb up and place into the blender (if using the Avent Steamer/Blender just put in onto of the vegies). Place 1-2 tablespoons of the lambs fry in as well – the extra put into small containers that you can freeze and add to boost iron in other meat dishes like my beef and liver parcels. I love the Munch Baby Food Trays for this!
5. Puree up all the meat and vegetables and hey presto you have a baby puree super high in iron!
Our Smushie just loves his purees! He couldn’t help but want some after I made this to take some photos! With these ingredients I am not complaining if he is happy to chop down on it…why not!
For more help and recipe ideas on starting your baby on solids be sure to check my Electronic Starting Solids Guide (just $15.00) AND I will be doing a homemade baby food demonstration live at our National Starting Solids Tour due to kick off in Auckland this Saturday!! Check out details on Event Finder and dates for all other cities in New Zealand too!
xxx Dr Julie Bhosale