Kale Baby Food is the easiest and most healthy way to feed your child. Kale is loaded with nutrients, such as calcium, vitamin A, and potassium.
Feeding your child kale baby food will ensure a balanced diet of essential minerals and vitamins. It can be made in a blender or a food processor in just minutes.
What Is Kale Baby Food?
Kale baby food is made from the leaves of kale. The baby food is intended for babies of all ages, including newborns. Kale baby food is criticized for being too bitter for some babies.
If you are not fond of bitter flavors, kale can be prepared as a smoothie or pureed in a blender for added sweetness. There are also kale baby food recipe books with simple recipes that can be used for your baby.
How To Prepare Kale Baby Food?
You can make your kale baby food or purchase it from the store. Homemade kale is healthier for babies than pre-made kale, as commercial baby food can lose nutrients or even contain harmful ingredients.
Many mothers prefer to prepare kale baby food at home instead of purchasing it because they know exactly what their baby is eating, free of potentially dangerous additives.
Recipe 1: Kale with fruit (age 7-8 months+)
This is a simple kale baby food recipe that you can make to last you for at least a week. The best part is that it tastes great, so your baby will love it.
- 2 cups of kale
- 1 apple (peeled and cored)
- 1 banana (ripe)
Step 1. Clean the kale, cut it into chunks, and then put them in a saucepan with water and boil for two minutes. Remove the kale, drain it and set it aside.
Step 2. Clean and cut up the apple. Peel and cut up the banana and put them in a blender with the kale leaves. Blend until smooth.
Step 3. Warm up the mixture and serve to your baby in a bowl or spoon, depending on how old your child is.
Tip: If you are preparing an older child, you can add more bananas or apples to the recipe.
Recipe 2: Kale and Strawberry baby food (age 7 months+)
This kale and strawberry baby food recipe is a simple way to get your baby eating vegetables. Your child will enjoy the sweet taste of strawberries and will love the crunchy texture of kale. This is also a great way to introduce spinach into your child’s diet.
- 2 cups of baby kale (washed and cut into bite-size strips)
- ½ cup whole strawberries (peeled and chopped)
- 2 tablespoons of water
Step 1. Steam the kale and strawberry for about five minutes on a small stove. Be sure that it is steaming well to avoid burning the book. Remove from heat, drain and set aside.
Step 2. Add the water to the blender, along with half of the kale piece, and blend until smooth. Please do not add more water in case it is too thin.
Step 3. Add the remaining kale and strawberries to the blender and blend until smooth. Stir in the other half of the steamed kale and mix thoroughly. Before feeding your child, you can warm it up for a few seconds so that it is easier to digest.
TIP: Do not appropriate this recipe to be a daily meal. It is probably too sweet and delicious for your baby to eat regularly.
Recipe 3: Older babies (age + 6 months)
This recipe has the perfect sweet and sour mix to excite even the pickiest eaters. Many children have a hard time getting used to bitter flavors. Prepare it as a smoothie or add more sweetness if your baby is not fond of the taste.
- 1 cup of kale leaves
- ½ cup of steamed peas
- ½ cup of peeled mango pieces (fresh or frozen)
Step 1. Remove the mango peel, cut it into small pieces, and then put it in a blender. Add water or fruit juice to the blender to form a smoothie. Blend until smooth.
Step 2. Add half of the steamed peas and blend again until smooth.
Step 3. Add the remaining peas to the blended mixture and stir until smooth.
Step 4. Add the kale leaves to the blended mixture and blend again until smooth, then serve to baby.
You can also use spinach in place of kale leaves if you prefer a milder flavor.
TIP: Steam thicker leaves before blending them. Add more liquid if your child is getting older and prefers a less thick consistency in his food.
Recipe 4: Kale baby food recipe (age 2+ months)
This is a simple kale baby food recipe to get your child eating their greens. It can also be made as a smoothie if you want your child to drink it, but it is not nutritious for toddlers. You can also add other favorite fruits with the kale for color.
- 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons of honey (optional)
- 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup of steamed kale leaves (Wash carefully and chop the leaves into bite-sized pieces)
Step 1. Blend the peanut butter and honey, then add the apple juice to create a smooth mixture. Stir in the apple cider vinegar if you want it sweeter. It is better to have your child drink lovely food before bed but not saturated with sugar.
Step 2. Add the steamed kale leaves and blend for about half a minute. You can also add other fruits to add color. Kale is green, so it is better to add another red or orange fruit, like strawberries or apples.
TIP: Apple cider vinegar may be hard for younger children to swallow, so you can let it settle for a few minutes before you serve it to your baby.
You can also make your baby food from vegetables or fruits in your garden or cooking. Most vegetables, however, are too bitter about being cooked easily.
If you decide to cook the vegetables for baby food and need some help, check out our post on how to cook for babies without gravy and other ingredients. Also, read about 14 healthy toddler recipes that are delicious and nutritious.