When and how to introduce Cauliflower for babies
Cauliflower is not a great first food for babies as it might cause gas in some babies. Hence, introduce Cauliflower to babies after eight months once the baby is beginning to eat a variety of foods. If the baby has any stomach upset or gas, stop feeding Cauliflower for a while and reintroduce it later moths. When you introduce Cauliflower, you can offer a little amount of steamed Cauliflower puree/mashed Cauliflower and then gradually increase the quantity.
Cauliflower can be steam cooked or baked for baby food. If the baby does not like the bland taste of the Cauliflower, it can be combined with little spice or vegetables like peas, potatoes, or lentils.
How to select and store Cauliflower
Choose a tender cauliflower that is wrapped with more green leaves. After buying them, store it in a refrigerator with a stem portion down to retain the moisture.
Health Benefits of Cauliflower for Babies and Kids
- Cauliflower is packed with vitamins and calcium which makes the baby's bone strong and healthy
- High in fiber, hence prevents constipation in children
- The significant amount of antioxidants in Cauliflower protects the baby from many diseases
- Sulforaphane in Cauliflower supports heart health
Also, check other puree recipes for 6 to 12 months babies:
Cauliflower Puree for Babies
- 1 cup Cauliflower Florets
- 1/4 tsp Pepper Powder optional
- 1 tsp Butter
- 1/2 cup Water
- Wash the Cauliflower in running water thoroughly. Cut the Cauliflower and collect the florets in a bowl. Add hot water to the bowl and set aside for 5 minutes. Then drain the water and transfer to a pressure cooker.
- Add water. Pressure cook it for two whistles in medium flame.
- Add in pepper powder and grind it to a smooth paste. Add the water, which is used for pressure cooking to reach the desired consistency while grinding. You could also mash it with a masher instead of blending.
- Adjust water consistency according to the thickness you prefer.
- Make sure that Cauliflower has no dirt or worms.
- Check with your baby's doctor before introducing any new food to your baby.
- You could also mash it with a masher instead of grinding them.