How to make healthy, tasty baby food right at home
Giving your baby fresh and nutritional fruits and vegetables is a smart way to start off a lifetime of healthy eating. Making your own organic baby food is simple -- here are a few tricks and tips as well as some easy recipes. These healthy meals are so good you might just want to share your little one's breakfast!
Your local farmer's market is the best place to find the season's freshest organic produce. Be sure to carefully wash it all when you get home.
Prep your foods
Steam or boil fruits and vegetables in water [separately] until tender. Great ideas to start with: apples, pears, carrots, sweet potatoes, squash and green beans.
Cool and puree
Cool them a bit before transferring to a blender or food processor. Puree with a small amount of either breast milk or baby formula. If your baby is just starting on food, keep the mixture very thin. Otherwise, a pasty consistency should suffice. Small chunks are okay for more experienced eaters and older babies.
Portion and freeze
Pour the pureed mixture into ice cube trays then cover with plastic wrap and freeze. When the cubes are completely frozen, use small snack bags to store them individually. Label each of them and mark the date -- frozen baby food expires two months from its freeze date.
When you're ready to serve, warm the food cube inside a cup that is set in a pan of boiling water. Stir and test the food before you serve it to make sure it's not too hot for baby.
Mix it up
When first introducing foods, try one at a time for a few days and monitor your baby for reactions, allergic or otherwise. After trying each food individually, you can begin mixing them. For delicious meals that your baby will surely enjoy, mix the combinations below in equal proportions. Add breast milk or formula to desired consistency.
- Bananas and oatmeal
- Peaches and oatmeal
- Green beans and brown rice
- Peas and barley
- Carrots and brown rice
- Apples and sweet potatoes
You can introduce proteins after your baby is eight months old. Boil meat until it is no longer pink, then blend it as you do fruits and vegetables.
Try out the following combinations:
- Chicken and sweet potato
- Chicken, carrots and noodles
- Brown rice, broccoli and chicken
Ensure your baby gets the freshest foods available, without pesticides, hormones and other additives -- make your own organic baby food. It's easy!
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