Eggs are a relatively inexpensive food and are packed full of nutrients. They’re high in quality protein, with all the essential amino acids in the right ratios, a good source of omega three’s and a great source of other vitamins and minerals that are important for growing babies.
Knowing all this and that eggs are an allergen, I wondered how I might give eggs to my baby. I came across a few articles and websites that suggested egg yolk as a good first food, to try at around 6 months, as they’re easier to digest than the white.
Armed with this knowledge and the idea that babies don’t know what “should” be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner, I made up a few combos that can be given at any time of day! I love knowing that I have a quick and healthy dinner option in the fridge for those days when I lack inspiration, motivation or time (or all three at once).
I tend to always have either some mashed potato or kumara ‘chips’ in the fridge which makes a great base for any meal. Every 3 or 4 days (depending on how hungry your little one is), peel some kumara and/or potato, cut in to roughly 0.5cm strips and bang them in the oven at 200 degrees for 30 minutes or so (or when soft). With this in mind, here are some ideas for first time ‘eggers’:
- Mash 2 – 3 kumara or potato ‘chips’ with a boiled egg yolk and 1 tbsp avocado
- Mash 2 – 3 kumara or potato ‘chips’ with a boiled egg yolk and 1 tbsp ripe banana
- When you’re ready to introduce the whole egg, scramble one with a dash of milk and when cooked, mash in to a few kumara chips
- Boiled egg cut into quarters (length ways) for a healthy finger food snack
- And of course, just good ol’ scrambled eggs
Add a dash of water to the egg yolk combinations if the consistency is too thick for smaller babies. For older babies, you can adjust the consistency so it’s more lumpy. A full egg yolk can be quite rich for little tummies, so try just a few spoonful’s of the above mixtures to start with and build from there. When you’re comfortable introducing egg white, these mixtures still work.