Forget the chemical-laden baby food in jars. Make your own baby food and grow a happier, healthier baby. Start with garden-fresh vegetables (sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, green beans) or fresh fruits (apples, pears and blueberries), add a little apple juice to sweeten them up and puree them in a blender until smooth. Bake or steam veggies to soften them up before pureeing.
Baking vegetables will help them retain their natural nutrients. Most fruits can be thrown straight into the blender and pureed. The length of time that you need to puree will depend on the age of your baby. Older babies will be thrilled with small chunks while younger babies will need a more runny texture.
Pour your prepared mixtures into ice cube trays and freeze them for later use. Your cubes can be stored in plastic freezer bags until needed. Homemade baby food is good in the freezer for up to 3 months, and can be stored safely in the fridge for 48-72 hours. One frozen baby food cube is about one ounce of food, and as your baby grows you can move up to 2 and 3 cubes per meal.
When it’s feeding time simply defrost a cube or two in the microwave for about fifteen seconds. When the mixture is warm add it to baby cereals to make complete balanced meals for your baby. Add fruit mixtures to oat cereals and veggies to rice and barley cereals.
When your baby reaches about eight months of age you can add spices to your baby food, but don’t overdo it. A little fresh garlic will liven up any dish and help to protect your baby’s heart at the same time. Thyme and sage work well with chicken dishes, and a pinch of basil and bay to dishes with red meat will improve the taste of the dish and also aid in firing up your baby’s digestive juices.
At about ten months of age you can introduce white flesh fish to your baby. These include haddock, cod, sole and flounder. Just cook the fish and break it apart to make sure there are no bones. Pieces of fish can also be thrown in the blender with veggies or fruits as well.
Not only are you feeding your baby well-balanced foods, you are also teaching them how to eat healthier later in life by providing them with a rich palate of tastes and food combinations.