Before you judge me or click away… hear me out! I’d read somewhere that sardines are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and they’re a natural source of vitamin D. I also find it rather difficult to come up with dishes I can give my 8-month-old that include fish. In fact, I find it difficult in general to make fish interesting to eat at home, so we end up not having it very often!
Trying to get omega-3’s in to little bodies was difficult for me. So I wondered how I might make this a bit easier for myself and came up with this very nutritious spread. And… he LOVES it. If you can get past the smell, please do me a favour and try this. I end up having it for breakfast on the days he does! My husband thinks I’m mad but I don’t take too much notice 😉
I started giving this to my little grub at about 8 months old. He didn’t have any teeth at that point so I just used a soft bread and didn’t toast it too much. I cut it into squares and popped it in to his mouth to make it a little easier for me at the end (a.k.a. very little clean up!). If you’re looking for a good grain-free bread to use, here’s a recipe.
This recipe will make up about two pieces of toasts’ worth of spread.
- 1 piece of bread
- 2 – 3 sardines (from a can)
- 2 tbsp of cream cheese
- Pinch of paprika
- Toast the bread.
- Remove sardines from the can, slice each sardine open down the middle and remove the bone (this must be the spine)
- Add the cream cheese to the sardines and mash together with a fork. Sprinkle some paprika and mix again.
- When the toast is ready, slather this nutritious spread on top and you’re good to go!