Yes- KALE, KALE, KALE is not just for adults!  Kale is a great food for babies, toddlers and children!  I started both of my children on kale around 7 months of age.  They loved it then and still eat it (check out kale chips).
The best part about kale is it is low in oxalate acid.  Oxalate acid interferes with the absorption of calcium and iron.  Kale has about 2 mg of oxalate per 1 cup while spinach has about 656 mg per 1 cup, according to Harvard School of Public Health.  The low oxalate acid level and high calcium level makes a great food for anyone to eat.
Kale and Carrot!
1 cube kale puree
1 teaspoon applesauce
1 tablespoon rice, quinoa or oat cereal
nutritional enhancer (recommend wheat germ and blackstrap molasses)
Kale, Yogurt and Banana
1 cube kale puree
1/2 very ripe banana mashed
2 tablespoons of plain whole fat yogurt
Kale in the Tropics!
1 cube kale puree
1/4 mashed ripe mashed banana
1 tablespoon mashed avocado
1 tablespoon oat cereal or freshly ground oatmeal
nutritional enhancer (recommend 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil)
Kale and Apples or Ricotta Cheese!
1 cube kale puree
1 tablespoon applesauce or an organic (low sodium) ricotta cheese.  I have found that organic Ricotta cheese actually has lower sodium content than cottage cheese per serving.
1 tablespoon oat or rice cereal
1 egg yolk
nutritional enhancer (wheat germ and flax oil)
****All of the recipes above can be mixed with breastmilk, formula, goat or cow’s milk to reach a consistency your baby is ready to eat.
For more great, fun and healthy baby food recipe ideas, please click here.  If you are interested in learning more about Baby Led Weaning and recipes, click here.  Also, the introduction of veggies and fruit start at a young age and is not necessarily with a spoon, tongue and mouth.  Let your kids play with the produce as you make their food- read Infant Meet Veggie; Veggie Meet Infant.

About the author: Clancy Cash Harrison MS, RD, LDN

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