baby weaning onto solids to ease constipation

The following two recipes come recommended by our baby nutrition expert, Kath Megaw, to help relieve your baby’s constipation that may be a result of the solids.

1. Apple, pear and avo pureé

Apples and pears are a lovely way to prevent constipation in the first few weeks of solids. Mix them with some avocado to help balance the sugars.

Makes ½ cup 

1 pink or red apple, peeled and grated (or finely chopped)
1 pear, peeled and finely chopped
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and chopped
½ tsp lemon juice

  1. Pour 1-2 cm water into a small pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and steam the apple and pear in a silicone or metal basket steamer over the water for 3-5 minutes or until soft.
  2. Mash fruit together with the avocado flesh using a fork, or purée for a smoother texture. Stir in lemon juice.

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2. Moroccan lamb with prunes and millet

Your granny was right – prunes are the perfect laxative for little tummies. Balance out introducing red meat, which can cause constipation, by adding some prune purée to the mix. 

Makes 3 cups 

1 tbsp avocado oil
200g lamb mince
1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
½ tsp minced garlic
½ tsp ground coriander
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp ground ginger
⅓ cup prunes, pitted and soaked in ½ cup
Warm water
1-2 cups homemade or low-sodium vegetable stock (or boiling water with 2 tbsp dried herbs)
½ tin chopped tomatoes with no added salt
½ cup millet
3 cups garden peas, fresh or flash-frozen

  1. Heat avocado oil in a medium pan and fry mince, onion, garlic and spices until the meat is browned.
  2. While the meat is browning, purée the prunes with the soaking water. Add prune purée, stock, tomato sauce and millet to the lamb.
  3. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the liquid is reduced to a thick gravy. Add peas and cook for another 2 minutes or until heated through. For a smoother texture, purée in a blender.

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