Healthy Lunch Ideas for Babies

Healthy Lunch Ideas for Babies

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As a mother, coming up with lunch ideas for an 11-month-old baby is not always easy. You are quite busy taking care of the baby and the last thing you’d want is to constantly figure out what to feed him. Thankfully, we’ve made a short list that can get you started and introduce you to the world of pureed lunches.





What Should You Feed Your Baby for Lunch?

The baby’s lunch is a pretty important meal for him and it makes sense to keep a large focus on proteins, derived from vegetables and fruits. Since babies have not tasted a large variety of flavours, giving them purees with different tastes can help them inculcate good eating habits, too.

Easy Lunch Ideas for Infants

Putting together a large variety of lunch purees for baby is quite easy once you understand the basic steps of each recipe. There a number of combinations you can try out and learn what kind of tastes and flavours are preferred by your little one.




1. Cherry and Butternut Squash Puree with Flax Seeds

An extremely simple and quick recipe to put together, this one brings some interesting tastes in a single package, which will be lapped up by your kid in no time.

What You Need





  • Flax seeds, 1 tablespoon
  • Cherries, 1 cup
  • Half a butternut squash

How to Make

  • Start by taking the butternut squash and peeling it properly. Then remove the seeds and chop it fully. Put the pieces in a steamer and let them sit there for about 15-20 minutes until it softens.
  • Follow it up with the cherries and let them sit together for 5-8 minutes. Once done, take them out and let them cool down a bit.
  • Put those steamed pieces and cherries in a blender and add flax seeds to it. Run the blender to form a nice consistent puree, which can be then served to your baby.

Cherry and Butternut Squash Puree with Flax Seeds

2. Cauliflower and Peach Puree with A Tinge of Ginger

Not only is this one of the healthiest purees you can give your little one for lunch, but it also has a spectacular taste of its own. This is usually given to kids closer to a year.




What You Need

How To Make





  • Cut the cauliflower into small pieces. Place these pieces in a steamer and let them sit there for about 7-10 minutes until they are properly cooked and soft.
  • Until then, pit the peaches and chop them up properly. Once the cauliflowers are done, add the peaches over them and let them sit in the steamer together for a few more minutes. Frozen peaches might have to sit longer.
  • Take them out and let them cool for a few minutes once they are cooked. Add them to a blender and put in the grated ginger as well. Blend it for a few minutes to make the smooth puree.

Cauliflower and Peach Puree with A Tinge of Ginger

3. Asparagus and Broccoli Puree with Coriander

Doesn’t this recipe sound delicious in itself? A lovely green puree whose taste is enhanced by the light touch of coriander is spectacular.

What You Need




  • Coriander
  • Two pears
  • Green beans, 1/4th cup
  • Asparagus, ½ cup
  • Broccoli, 1 cup

How To Make

  • Add water to a pan up to a level of 2 inches. Allow the water to boil.
  • Place a steam basket in the pan and place chopped pieces of beans, asparagus and broccoli in it. Cover the pan and let them all cook together for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Once that’s done, add chopped coriander and pieces of pear in the basket, cooking it further for 5-8 minutes. Later, remove the pieces and keep the water as it is.
  • Put all the steamed items in the blender and run it to form a puree. Add the steam water to thin it further, if needed.

Asparagus and Broccoli Puree with Coriander

4. Carrot Pumpkin Chicken Puree with Ginger

Babies need a good amount of nutrition along with great taste once they start having food. This recipe can provide it with all.





What You Need

  • Grated ginger, 1/4th teaspoon
  • Carrots
  • Chicken breast
  • Half a pumpkin

How To Make




  • Begin by heating the oven to a temperature of 180 degrees. Line a tray with baking sheet.
  • Remove the pumpkin seeds and chop it up. Do the same with the carrots.
  • Place these chopped pieces along with the chicken breast on the tray. Wrap up the carrots and chicken together in a foil.
  • Slide the tray in the oven and let them bake for about half an hour.
  • Remove the chicken after that and let the pumpkins continue baking for another 15 minutes or so until they soften.
  • Allow everything to cool and peel the pumpkin skin. Chop the chicken into tiny pieces, too.
  • Put all the items in the blender, add a little water from the steamer, and run it to form the puree.

Carrot Pumpkin Chicken Puree with Ginger

5. Apple Pea and Spinach Puree

This combination of fruits and vegetables carries with it a good proportion of calcium and proteins, along with many other vitamins.

What You Need





How To Make

  • Remove the cores from the apples and chop them up.
  • Put the pieces, along with peas and spinach in the steamer. Let them sit in it and cook for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Once done, take them out and let them cool down a bit.
  • Later, put all the items in the blender and run it to form a puree.

Apple Pea and Spinach Puree

6. Avocado Blueberry and Banana Puree

This gorgeous looking and delicious tasting puree take just a few minutes to make.




What You Need

How To Make


  • All you need to do is put all the ingredients one after the other in a blender and run the blender for a few minutes to make the fine puree.
  • Use a spoon to scrap the fruit peels from the inside of the blender and add a spoonful of water to thin the puree, if needed.

Avocado Blueberry and Banana Puree

Making a list of lunch ideas for a 7-month-old baby doesn’t have to be as overwhelming as it seems. By combining some interesting fruits and vegetables together, you can make purees that can keep your kid happy and healthy.

Also Read: Dinner Recipes for Infants