Baby Food: Zucchini

zucchiniZucchini is a summer squash that resembles a cucumber in appearance. It has a very high water content (95%), and so is less nutrient dense than winter squash, but its mild flavour and soft texture when cooked make it an excellent first food for babies!

On the advice of a friend, I didn’t add water to the cooked zucchini before blending, and I’m glad that I didn’t. These squash are very watery, so even without the added water the consistency comes out to a thin purée.

I debated about whether I should peel the zucchini or not. Since most of the nutrients and fibre are found in the skin, I decided to leave it on and see how it worked out. Once the zucchini is cooked, the skin gets very soft and blends right in with the rest of the squash, so all that you’re left with are tiny dark green flecks in the purée. So go ahead and leave on the skin! Less work for you, more nutrition for baby!

A standard disclaimer: I am not a doctor. You should check with your pediatrician before starting solids, and if you have any questions about what foods are appropriate for your baby, your health professional is the best resource. It is recommended that you only introduce new foods to your baby one at a time, and wait at least 3 or 4 days before introducing a new food. Check for allergies after introducing a new food: symptoms like diarrhea, rash, gas, or swelling of the lips should alert you to contact your medical professional right away.

Stage: First foods

Health Benefits:  Due to their high water content, zucchini are great during hot weather to help combat dehydration. They also contain potassium, carotenes, and vitamin C.

Try it mixed with: Chicken, eggplant, rice cereal, winter squash

Directions:

1 zucchini, chopped (discard the ends)

Steam or boil the zucchini until it’s soft. Add to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.

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