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How to Give Your Baby a Rainbow of Flavor

Steamed Chicken and Pears

No matter how big or small, eating your fruits and veggies isn’t always easy. Sure, I’m a huge fan of the green stuff. Actually of red, orange and yellow too! Basically a full rainbow of flavors. But taking the time to make sure I truly eat what I need doesn’t always happen. Luckily I’ve gotten better over the years by making green smoothies and quick steam options part of my routine.

Now that Max is learning to eat solids, it’s important to me that he gets a variety of fruits, vegetables and protein in the amounts his body needs. A healthy baby is a happy mama! That’s why I love that Beech-Nut is helping parents everywhere with the Beech-Nut Guide to What Baby Eats Now, which we can all use to help guide us along the way. They also sent me several tips and this great baby food recipe, Steamed Chicken and Pears, which I made for Max in the video below. It was a huge hit with my little guy!

Beech-Nut’s Guide to What Baby Eats Now has sections devoted to troubleshooting, key nutrient groups, food pairings, a “ready-for-solids” checklist – basically the answers to all our pressing questions! One of my favorite tips is to remember to offer up foods that are bright and vibrant in color and not to worry if it gets rejected a few times. Often times babies need to be exposed to a new flavor a handful of times before it’s a go! Here’s a handy sample with the 6 Key Nutrient Groups infographic. I literally have this printed and on my fridge to help navigate what I put on Max’s plate.

Key Nutrient Groups

Steamed Chicken & Pears 

2 pears, peeled and seeded
1 chicken breast, skinless, boneless diced in 1-inch cubes
Water for steaming


  • Set steamer basket inside pot filled with 4 cups of water. Place lid on pot and boil water.
  • Once water is boiling add pears to steamer and steam for 10-15 minutes, until softened and can be easily pierced with fork. Remove from pot and set aside.
  • Add diced chicken to the steamer, adding more water to the pot if needed. Steam for 25 minutes until well cooked.
  • Remove chicken from the steamer and place in a food processor along with the pears.
  • Blend the chicken and pears, adding more hot water if needed for a smoother consistency. Puree the mixture until completely smooth.

So tell me, lovelies, how do you get fruits, veggies and protein into your little ones? Share your tips and ideas with us using #BabysFirstFoods!

For more guidance on transitioning your little one to solids, check out the Beech-Nut’s Guide to What Baby Eats Now and the Beech-Nut blog.

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