Infant nutritionist / Makes Ella's Good
Say hello to our veg of the month this November, the humble parsnip!
Did you know that parsnips are a perfect first weaning food, as they go all soft + mushy when cooked (plus, they’re super tasty!). You can either puree parsnips with water or your babies’ usual milk or cut into sticks and serve as a yummy finger food (from 6 months).
Time to p-p-pick up a parsnip!
That’s the perfect shape, size and texture for little hands to grab and munch!
With their nutty, slightly aniseed-like flavour, parsnips can be a hit or miss amongst some little ones! Remember, if little ones pull a funny face when they first try a new food, it doesn’t mean they won’t accept it after a few tries.
It can take 8 experiences of a new food before it is accepted, so keep trying.
You could try to offer parsnip in different ways – try mashing, roasting or boiling it. Or offer parsnip pureed or mixed with another veg and some exciting herbs, like our deeelicious lentil + parsnip dahl!
Try to offer a variety of veg throughout weaning, including plenty of green, more savoury tasting veg like broccoli and green beans, as well as sweeter root veg like carrot, pumpkin and parsnip.For more top tips on how to Grow your own Little Veg Lover, click the button below:
The humble parsnip is from the same family as carrots, celery and parsley. In season during the winter months, parsnips actually taste sweeter when grown in frosty conditions- brrrr!
With their white cone-like shape, a whole parsnip makes a great unicorn or rhino horn for some sensory fun!
• Let little ones hold it and feel the firm bumpy skin before you peel and chop it up.
• Show them the rings in the middle when you cut the parsnip and let your baby feel the difference between the raw and cooked veg sticks.
Check out our touchy feely sensory activity for more fun!
Parsnips are delicious roasted or in soup and you can add yummy herbs and spices to add a taste twist. Try nutmeg, ginger, garlic, and pepper or parsley, sage, and thyme.
Try some of our parsnip recipes and let your little one help with the cooking if they’re old enough!
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