Making baby food at home is Safe for your baby
I’m just a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) .I am just trying to make simple natural and nutritious choices for my family that are attainable and easy to integrate into our very busy Lifestyle.
When it comes to homemade baby foods I remember starting this journey long before I had my daughter who’s now two-and-a-half years old I was pregnant.I was trying to take my knowledge and coincide it with food that I knew would be nourishing for a baby. I’m able to mix foods together I’m able to expose her start to your fruits and vegetables and even meat now something to be really conscious of .
When you start your baby on baby food
Is to start slow and work your way up. Don’t get frustrated I know it’s really hard. You spent a ton of time Making this baby food recipes and it does take time and commitment, but don’t give up .
Some of the tips and things
- I take food I Slowly expose it to her, and I freeze some of it because in reality at the likelihood. Is they probably will not like the food.
- The first time you give it to them it takes a couple attempts and exposed for them to really start to enjoy it.
- Be patient take that food put it in the freezer. And I promise you. you eventually will get there.
So we’re going to jump right in and make some healthy baby food today Okay .
Here are some healthy baby food recipes
Sweet Potato and Cinnamon puree
Its the first food that I ever made for my daughter. She loves them .
So I went ahead and I removed the peeling I peeled them, and so all I’m going to do now is chop them up. IF not the water boiling behind me I’m gonna make several different things that’s why I have the three different pots going. I’m gonna cut them up pop them in the water let it boil until they’re soft and then we’ll go from. There so basically the way you would make mashed potatoes, is the way that we’re gonna make these. I personally think that the smaller the pieces are the faster for them for it .Takes for them to cook through Wow okay so now that they’re in there and they’re boiling. we’re gonna let them cook until they’re basically like really well done. Because we’re gonna puree them so I don’t know on medium heat maybe like ten minutes. All right so the sweet potatoes are done I have my strainer down here .Now a couple of things that I like to add to my sweet potatoes because I want to expand her palate .
I’m adding a little bit of butter in there and then also I like to add a little cinnamon and I do that because I want to add some healthy fats .I want to add some spices and seasoning so that she gets used to other tastes also.
So now that I’ve got my cinnamon and my butter in there I’m gonna add these to my blender . you have to add water in order to get the pureed consistency so don’t forget to do that because otherwise it’s gonna just be like chunky.and there you go you have your fresh cinnamon sweet potatoes are ready
Apple’s and spinach puree
We actually like to combine two things because it’s a way to get your little one greens. My daughter doesn’t like veggies unless it’s sweet potatoes or carrots she likes sweet and I know that’s a really bad thing that we’ve started but the way I’m combating that is by combining apples with spinach .And she loves it it’s like one of her favorite things.
so I’m just peeling some apples .I’m using a potato peeler for me I use this always when I’m peeling fruit or vegetables just because I feel like it’s safer .We generally buy a big tubs of organic spinach that’s already rinsed washed ready to eat . So what I do is for every Apple that I boil or make for this baby food I actually then put one big handful of spinach into the pot. so I mean like I’m talking big like good spinach cooks down so fast. If you’re familiar with like making creamed spinach to like it’s huge. The reason that I do so much spinach to Apple ratio is that she’s getting more greens than she is sweet and I trick her every time she loves it next. I’ve got the apples and spinach out there ready to go I added some water in here .now you can see it’s this lovely green color which is fantastic because that means that there’s a lot of spinach
Peaches and Blueberries puree
We are gonna do peaches but we’re gonna do a little bit of a twist on the ads and blueberries in I learned from trial and error that when you boil peaches down or I’m sorry blueberries down they lose their flavor. Which means that they lose their sweetness and they’re kind of just bland so we’re gonna do that a little bit different.
What I did was I went ahead and I cut up my peaches peel them .Peaches are so in season right now. I’m gonna boil these and then as they get close to being done I’m going to add the blueberries in at the last minute just to get them a little bit softer and then we’re gonna puree them up. I’m gonna add them in here to the peaches just for a couple of minutes and let them boil like and then I’m gonna turn it down to simmer because I don’t want to cook the crap out of them because then they’re not gonna have any flavor all right. Now blend up the blueberries and peaches. I added a little bit of water unless I make it happen .Now this is the handy dandy little baby bullet
Beef and vegetables puree
I’m gonna start off with some grass-fed grass-finished beef on the bone, Then I’m going to toss that into the instant pot. The reason that I’m mentioning that is on the bone is because when I cook the beef on the bone It also make bone broth.
So then we’re gonna take that bone broth along with the beef and we’re gonna puree that together.
So not only is your baby gonna be exposed to the grass-fed grass-finished beef but they’re also going to be getting the health benefits of Bone broth, when they eat this meal.
I’m gonna be taking some root vegetables.like sweet potatoes. I’m gonna peel and chop those onto the baking sheet. And then I do have a quick shortcut. I did buy organic pre-peeled pre-chopped butternut squash which is incredible. Before so after I do bake everything I’m gonna put it into one blender and mix it up.
However, if your baby has not been exposed to any of these foods What you’ll want to do is cook them separately and blend them separately.
It’s important to only introduce one food at a time So after I bake all of these vegetables in the oven, I’ll toss them into a blender.
I just love to have on hand for her is barley that’s just a grain,that we enjoy matinee is high in fiber it’s really good for you so we do make a lot of barley for her as well.
Always use Fruits and Vegetables cleaner
When I rinse my vegetables and fruits I like to use a cleaner especially because they’re for her and I want to make sure there’s no pesticides or anything on them. But we do use organic fruits and vegetables so I guess really what I want to make sure is that there’s no pesticides on them. You know for sure so I use a fruit and vegetable wash . I’m sure there’s plenty of them at different stores.
Why I got into making my own baby food
So while I’m doing this I just wanted to explain to you guys there’s a couple reasons . Because I wanted to know exactly what I was feeding my daughter. and I started reading some websites.
Basically I found out that a lot of baby foods have a lot of added chemicals such as like arsenic .
It can cause food poisoning
Why are we gonna feed that to our kids so that freaked me out and I wanted to just try and make my own baby food. Basically and that way I know exactly what’s going into it I can buy the best fruits and vegetables that I can find ,and also it’s cheaper. Like if you’re on a budget it’s way cheaper so these two sweet potatoes are probably gonna make at least six jar foods .
A baby food like that’s incredible and you’re gonna pay a lot more than that
I don’t want her to get used to bland fruits and vegetables and that’s it so I don’t want her to be a picky eater. Doesn’t she may still be a picky eater.I know that but if I can try to like introduce some things earlier on maybe it’ll help her.