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.
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