Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tofu Cubes Recipe! A great snack for babies!

Tofu is one of those foods that instantly puts an image in your mind. If you haven’t experienced tofu it’s often an image of a white, slimy and mushy loaf usually cold with little to no taste. Actually as I’m describing it, it doesn’t even appeal to me and I like tofu! Don’t judge a book by its cover or in this case don’t mistake the sliminess of the exterior for the protein and calcium benefits hidden inside!

Now I know some of you are probably internally freaking out that I would dare to feed my 8 month old a soy product. Don’t worry. Everything in moderation my friends; I am not shoving an entire block of tofu into my daughter nor is she actually consuming enough to become a hindrance. Also, like most things we consume you need to be aware of how it’s made, grown, etc. When buying tofu purchase products that are organic and not genetically modified (non-GMO). Tofu is different and safer than eating a bag of potato chips made from hydrogenated soybean oil.

Because of its soft texture tofu is an excellent first finger food for your little one.  Made from the soybean, tofu is high in protein, calcium, vitamin B and iron. If you’re breastfeeding the calcium and iron is definitely a bonus as these are not present in abundance in breastmilk. Tofu is also very absorbent so it naturally takes on whatever spice it’s paired with making it a great alternative to meat. The firmer the tofu the higher fat content it has which is not a bad thing for your baby.

As your baby starts to show more interest in feeding him you might want to try introducing tofu into his daily meals at around 8 months. If your baby has started doing the pinching motion to pick up small items this is the perfect time to start him on finger foods. Like I said earlier, tofu is soft so it’s easily mashed into baby’s gummy mouth if he has little to no teeth. Looking for a simple way to serve tofu? Try Wholesome Babyfood’s Tofu Cubes!
First drain the firm tofu and then blot with a cloth or paper towel.
Cut the tofu into bite sized pieces suited for your baby.
Take a few cubes and place them in a Ziploc bag. Add some baby cereal or wheat germ and a dash of spice. I used cinnamon. Then toss the cubes around in the bag.
Take the cubes out of the bag and present them to your baby. They’ll love playing with the texture and feel like such a big kid by feeding themselves!

So what do you think?  Will you try making Tofu Cubes for your little one?
Elizabeth (aka Bert) is a stay-at-home-mom and contributing writer for She Thinks Media. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, Ben, her son Buggie, and daughter Lady Bug.  When she's not trying to convince Buggie to expand his interests beyond Thomas the Train or put his pants back on she's writing about her experiences as a mom on her blog, First Time Mom (FTM). After all, Bert maintains there's a first time for everything, even if you  have more than one child! 


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