Moms’ food is always the best! If you go door to door and ask people this, I’m sure everybody will agree that there’s no better cook than mom, and the babies think so too!
To make homemade baby food can be both exciting and a little daunting luckily there are so many healthy foods that you can transform into delicious baby purees with hardly any work or special equipment at all!
Homemade baby food is for younger and older babies who are still eating thinner purees. You can easily make your baby meals without investing in equipment you may not use very long, but you can also get yourself a Blender or processor to make it super easy for you!
Why make homemade baby food yourself?
Making your own baby food is easy and it doesn’t take more than 10-15 minutes. You can also freeze your baby food and reheat it later. Commercial baby food is cooked at very high temperatures for a long period of time, a process called sterilization. The cooking process kills most vitamins and nutrients. It also kills taste, color, and aroma.
Prepare their meals at home using fresh ingredients. You can make a wide variety of flavors, which means that you can choose exactly what nutrients you add to your child’s food and it is much cheaper! Add more calories which can be a good option for underweight babies and toddlers!
Most ripe fruits can be pureed without cooking, leaving all of the precious nutrients intact. All you need is a good baby Food Maker. Select one that steams food to retain most of the nutrients and some storage containers.
How Do I Make Baby Food?
To puree food, you’ll need a food processor, blender, or immersion blender. Any of these is a great investment if you plan to make baby food regularly.
By using these machines, you can quickly puree most veggies and fruits! If your child is just starting solids, save yourself a lot of bucks by making baby food yourself!
You pay a lot of money on baby stuff throughout the year, why not save some on baby food? You can puree almost anything! Fruits like apples, pears, and peaches can be added to the puree without cooking and require little or no water to thin out for the right baby food consistency.
You can also use any type of cooked vegetables like for example sweet potatoes, carrots, and many more! They all work well once they’re steamed. You always ask yourself how you can provide your little ones with healthy, affordable meals that also won’t get spit back in your face? Well, I guess you have to feed them something they like! And parents know what their babies like or dislike.
Well, let’s look at a few recipes for your little ones…
When choosing homemade baby food the possibilities are endless! Organic ingredients are the best choice, to make sure you know exactly what goes into your baby’s meals. Here is one of my favorites! It is healthy, tasty, smooth, and super easy to make in no time!
Lip Licious Brown Rice Delight for Babies
Short grain brown rice about half a cup, if you want more, it’s your choice. Leftovers can be reheated used later.
Brown rice contains:
Phosphorus, Selenium, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Niacin, and Thiamin. It is perfect for baby’s first food when they about 5-6 months old.
Put it into a blender. Blend it for about 40-45 seconds until a very fine powder. When done, mix about 2 tablespoons with half a cup of boiling water, whisk it consistently for about 5 minutes till nice and soft.
For little babies, you can add breastmilk(what is better than breastmilk for a baby), applesauce, bananas, or anything that can make a natural sweeter and your baby can enjoy a delicious and healthy puree! Try it and you’ll always have simple food on hand that your baby will love!
It is truly the easiest meal you can make for your baby, and all you need is a blender and brown rice! The other awesome part about it is that it costs a mere fraction of what we pay for boxed rice cereal.
Delicious Avocado Puree
Yummy! My personal favorite! The nutritional value of avocados, along with their mild flavor and creamy texture, makes them a great first food for babies (and finger food as babies get a little older).
You can offer your baby avocado as soon as he is 4 to 6 months old and ready to start solid food. Avocado is a perfect first food for a baby! Healthy fats for their development, and also amazing texture and flavor.
Folate, Fiber, Potassium, Vitamin E, and Iron
Check out this super easy recipe!
Ingredients: 1 avocado mashed
Mash the avocado with a fork or blend it in a food processor. Mix with breastmilk, formula, or water to reach desired consistency.
1. Mash the avocado with a fork or blend it in a food processor.
2. Divide into ice cube trays, wrap/cover, and freeze.
3. Thaw in the fridge the night before use, or thaw by putting the ice cube in a bowl over a bowl of hot water on the counter to defrost. Once defrosted, mix with breastmilk, formula, or water to reach desired consistency.
Spinach Baby Joy Puree
Make sure your child is not allergic to any of these ingredients before adding them to their food! Also, check with your pediatrician before you add any “healthier” fats into your baby’s food.
1/4 cup baby spinach leaves
1/4 cup cubed pineapple or berries
1 small banana
Milk. For younger babies, you may use breast milk.
Break the banana into 2-3 pieces, and add them to the blender with the baby spinach, pineapple, or berries. You may add any other fruit if you want to, depends on what your baby likes most. Process until smooth. Add milk, and process for another few seconds until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately, or store in a sealed container or baby food pouches.
Yummy Mango Puree For Babies
Again a super easy-to-make delicious recipe! It takes less than 5 minutes to treat your baby. This recipe contains only 3 healthy ingredients! It is packed with nutrients for a growing baby, and is freezer-friendly!
You can use fresh mango if they are available, frozen mangoes work just as well and are way easier to deal with. The riper the banana, the easier it is to mash.
The ripe banana will give you the best flavor and texture to make this a special treat. Nutmeg is great for flavoring both sweet and savory dishes for the baby. Plus, it is known to aid in digestion.
Fiber, Iron, Vitamin B6, A, and C, Potassium, Magnesium, Copper (helps aid digestion and boosts immunity)
Mango, Banana, and Nutmeg.
Place the mango, banana, and nutmeg into a blender or food processor. No need to use the nutmeg if you don’t want to or if your baby won’t like the taste of it, or for any allergic reactions. Puree for 1 minute or until completely smooth. If your mango is not ripe enough, you might need to add in more water while blending to get the right consistency. Serve or freeze for the next meal.
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Homemade baby food is easy to make, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly. It can be as nutritious, if not more nutritious, than store-bought baby food.
Eating homemade baby food teaches your baby to enjoy the same foods that you prepare for the rest of the family. Healthy eating should not just be limited to adults and older children.
As many fruits and some veggies can be prepared without cooking, babies can benefit from completely raw foods as well, without losing any nutrients during preparation.
Another major benefit of making baby food at home is that it allows you to introduce flavors that are natural and tasty. Many store-bought baby foods are bland and unappetizing, with limited variety in combinations and flavors.
Experimenting with the delicious goodness powered by nature will turn feeding time into something that everyone will enjoy.
The early stages of development are crucial to the health and well-being of infants.
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