Home » Recent Articles » Child and Baby » Feeding Your Child Nothing but the Best: Make Your Own Baby Food

Feeding Your Child Nothing but the Best: Make Your Own Baby Food

By Fredrica Syren:

Making your own baby food might seem overwhelming and difficult, but it’s really not.   If you set aside one hour a week to make baby food and freeze it,  you are set for the rest of the week.  Making your own baby food is not only easy but also cheaper, rewarding, and better for your baby — and you know exactly what you are feeding your child.  As well, it’s better for the planet because you avoid all that plastic and glass trash.

With my first child, I was too scared to make my own baby food and thought it was too much to take on.  Today that seems so silly because I have since learned that making it  really is so simple.  Not only that, but my children love the food I make, and are not really that into store bought baby food.  Organic avocado was one of both my kids’ first foods and if think about how full of nutrients a raw avocado is, then it makes sense as a great first food.  Avocados contain vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, H, K and folic acid as well as iron, calcium.  They also include healthy fats such as Omega 3.  All you have to do is mash the avocado really, really well with a spoon or puree it.

For my kids’ first fruits and vegetables, I would keep most fruits raw, peeling them right before the pureeing process but would lightly steam vegetables first.  The result was yummy baby food bursting with flavors and nutrients.  Once they grew into more advanced foods, I would make combinations such as red lentils and sweet potato puree, quinoa, carrot and broccoli puree, and mixed fruit puree.  (My son’s favorite was kiwi, banana and peach.)  I stored the purees in small glass jars in the fridge or froze portion-sized meals for later consumption.

I did not buy one of those expensive special baby food mixers;  instead, I used a handheld mixer.  It takes less storage space, is less expensive, and it can be used for other things such as smoothies and soups.

Once my daughter grew into eating more chunky foods, then later finger foods, she taught me that there was no need to prepare separate foods for her since all she wanted was to eat what we ate.  So, now with my son, I always make the same food for all of us but add spices and salt afterward for us adults.

Now that my son is older, I have more leeway with what he eats, so when we’re in a restaurant he simply eats small pieces of our food.  At home I prepare his food on the side and serve it like finger foods.

To learn more about making your own baby food go to these web sites:

http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/

http://homecooking.about.com/od/specificfood/a/babyfooddos.htm

http://www.babycenter.com/0_how-to-make-your-own-baby-food_1401482.bc

 

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

Check Also

Managing Kids’ Screen Time At Home

By Susan Austin: Screen time can be both helpful and hurtful for kids. While children …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Become a Green-Mom.com member for FREE.

We’ll keep you updated each week on what’s new.

Sign up to receive our short video series and let Green-Mom share her top tips to going green.