Post by Contriburing Writer, Beth
Feeding a baby solids can be an intimidating step in their development. Which foods, when, how much? There is one food that is simple and easy and not even requiring a recipe, which, shockingly both the medical community and the real food community have begun to agree upon: eggs.
Canada’s health officials have recently released new recommendations for baby’s first foods that are much more aligned with the real food movement. The new guidelines include meat and meat alternatives from the get-go, instead of waiting until much later, as was previously recommended.
Unfortunately they are still advising cereal (which is nutritionally void and highly processed), and failing to recognize the importance of real sea salt and healthy fats. Despite this, the good news is that the new recommendation lines up with what traditional cultures have been feeding their babies for generations: egg yolk.
The Weston A. Price Foundation advises egg yolks also, and reminds us that eggs are rich in choline, good cholesterol, and iron, which are all incredibly important for baby’s developing brain. Pastured eggs from chickens that peck around in the dirt eating bugs and such are best, and have a higher nutritional profile than their grocery-store counterparts.
It has long been advised to avoid egg whites until after baby is a year old due to the risk of allergy, but some doctors and studies are now saying it doesn’t matter. Either way, the egg yolk is a highly nutritious choice for baby’s first food.
I’ve been married for 10 years this spring, and I’ve been boiling eggs the same way for at least that long: throw them in a pot and boil the heck out of them for about 10 minutes.
Thankfully, I recently figured out the formula for making the perfect hard-boiled eggs. These tricks produce a perfect hard-boiled egg that is easy to peel – what more could you ask for? Here’s how you do it:
1) Place eggs in the pot, with enough water to almost cover them.
2) Add a 1/4 teaspoon or so of baking soda.
3) Bring to a boil.
4) Immediately remove the pot from the heat, put a lid on it.
4) Set the timer for 12 minutes.
5) Drain, fill with cold water, wait one minute.
6) Drain again, peel, enjoy!
The baking soda weakens the membrane under the shell, which makes them easier to peel, and the slower cooking allows them to cook more gently and evenly, avoiding that awful grey ring that you sometimes find in hard-boiled eggs.
Cut the egg in half, take out the yolk, and serve to baby however you want! I like to smoosh it a little with some breastmilk, or just put it on the tray whole for baby to explore and mash.
Eggs are a nutritious choice for the whole family, and you can serve them to your baby with confidence!
What foods do you feed your babies when they’re starting solids?
Beth blogs at Red & Honey, a lifestyle blog for the naturally-minded homemaker. She recently began a passionate love affair with coffee and her life will never be the same. She has had three babies in less than four years, is a professional laundry-avoider, and loves to stay up way too late making weird stuff from scratch that normal people tend to just buy in a store. Hence, the coffee.