FRESH WATERMELON SALAD | 6 mos+ | 🌈
This easy summer watermelon salad is perfect to make for eating under the warm sun. Watermelon, and mint add plenty of refreshing flavor for the hot summer days. The acidity of the lemon juice breaks the sweetness of the very ripe watermelon,
making it even more refreshing with the mint. This recipe can be offered to babies from 6 months of age, and the whole family!
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What makes this watermelon salad so good for your baby?
Watermelon is excellent for providing hydration on hot summer days. The best thing about watermelon is that it is made up of 93% water. If your baby is not a water drinker, watermelon can help them meet their daily water requirements in a fun and tasty way!
Watermelon also provides a fair amount of Vitamin A. Vitamin A will help your baby develop a powerful vision.
Vitamin C is another important nutrient provided by watermelon and lime. Vitamin C will promote their immune system (defense system) helping baby fight against infections and other diseases.
The combination of watermelon, lime, and mint add plenty of refreshing taste helping to train baby's palate to enjoy different flavors.
This workshop covers everything you need to know for dealing with gagging, reducing the risk of choking during mealtimes, and offering safe food sizes and shapes to your child.
FRESH WATERMELON SALAD
This delicious, refreshing watermelon salad recipe is a great choice for hot summer days. With mint and lime, it's the perfect mix of savory and sweet. Plus the water from the watermelon can be so helpful in keeping baby hydrated during these hot days.
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Course: Lunch/Dinner Prep: 10-15 min Servings: 2
2 cups, very ripe chopped watermelon (for babies without pincer grasp - 6 to 9 mo - cut watermelon into sticks)
Half a bunch of mint - finely chopped
1 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
1. Mix the ingredients together and serve.
Suitable: for the whole family from 6 months old.
Age up: If offering this recipe to an older child (12+months) or an adult you may add a cup of feta cheese. Feta cheese is very high in sodium, and for this reason, we recommend waiting until baby is 12+ months to introduce it into their diet.
Try adding a tablespoon of olive oil to get more of a savory flavor. Plus, this will add healthy fats for baby's brain growth.
Add fresh, diced cucumbers and ripe diced avocados for extra vitamins, minerals, fiber, and nutritious fats.
Involving your children:
Under 6+ months: have them watch you prepare; show them how you peel and cut the watermelon. Tell them the names of the ingredients as you add them to help build baby's vocabulary.
18+ months: show them how to and let them try to cut the watermelon with a kids safe plastic knife; show them how to and let them try to cut the watermelon into small cubes. Show them how to and let them try to add/mix all ingredients together.
★Focus on offering single ingredient foods or very simple recipes (1-3 ingredients) at the early stages - the first 1-2 months of starting solids. You may offer more elaborated recipes on a more occasional basis for babies beginning to eat. This will help your baby get familiar with the natural taste of foods but still getting it "pimped-up" in recipes every once in a while. It will also allow you to expose your baby to a few different foods, and make it easier for you to rule out some possible food allergies or intolerance before you start offering preparations with several ingredients regularly.
★If choosing to use feta cheese be aware that cheese (from cow's milk) is a common food allergen. We recommend introducing potentially allergenic food on its own first for at least 2 times, before mixing with other foods. This makes it easier to recognize a reaction.
★Blend the leftovers and turn them into sugar free ice popsicles.
🌈 - this recipe contains colorful foods. We recommend including a fruit and/or a vegetable at each meal.
As always, discuss any concerns with your healthcare provider. This post and this site is not meant to be a substitute for medical advice. The materials and services provided by this site are for informational purposes only.
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🔥 - this recipe contains high-calorie food. We recommend including a high-calorie food at each meal.
💪 - this recipe contains iron-rich food. We recommend including iron-rich food at each meal.
🌈 - this recipe contains colorful food. We recommend including a fruit and/or a vegetable at each meal.
🥇 - this recipe contains foods that are a great choice for baby's first food.
🌱 - this recipe is a great choice for plant-based babies.
💩 - this recipe contains food that helps prevent or treat constipation.
🥜 - this recipe contains contains peanuts, a common food allergen.
🍳 - this recipe contains egg, a common food allergen.
🐄 - this recipe contains cow's milk, a common food allergen.
🌾 - this recipe contains contains wheat, a common food allergen.
✳️ - this recipe contains contains soy, a common food allergen.
💮 - this recipe contains sesame seed, a common food allergen.
🌰 - this recipe contains tree nuts, a common food allergen.
🐠 - this recipe contains fish, a common food allergen.
🍤 - this recipe contains shellfish, a common food allergen.
⚠️ - this recipe contains a common choking hazard. Make sure to follow age and preparation guidelines.
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