It’s often said that buying and preparing organic foods for your baby can have great health advantages and start your child with good habits! Once you have chosen organic, healthy ingredients, all you need is a food processor or blender to begin making your own pureed baby food. Having empty ice cube trays on hand makes it easy to freeze small portions for the future.
Not only is making your own baby food easy and more economical, but you will also know exactly what you are feeding your child because you have prepared it yourself!
Step 1: Prepare your veggies
When buying veggies from the organic market, consider how you will be cooking them. Tougher vegetables such as sweet potatoes, broccoli and carrots will require more steaming before placing them into a blender. Cut some of the tougher vegetables into slices and steam them in a pot for about five minutes or so. Soft fruits, like strawberries, bananas and melon can be pureed raw.
Step 2: Blend!
We’ve found a few recipes we think are great that we’ve included below, however once you get going, you can always try mixing it up and creating your own recipes. You know best what your child loves eating, so why not add some of their favourite veggies or fruits for them to enjoy!
Step 3: Serve, Store, and Label
Small Glass mason jars are the perfect single-serving size for your infant. They are also plastic-free, reusable, and easy to stick in the freezer or fridge. Make sure you defrost them the night before and the next day you will have a meal ready!
Here are some baby food recipes we’ve discovered so you can get started preparing food for your little one:
Sweet Potato Pear
Steam sweet potatoes until soft (about 5 mins or so), run through your blender with equal parts sliced pear.
Broccoli, Peas and Pear
This recipe requires steam due to the tough vegetables! Steam equal parts broccoli, peas and pear. Throw the veggies in a blender with a little bit of water.
Carrot and Sweet Potato
Carrots are always a delicious vegetable your child is sure to enjoy! Steam the carrots along with the sweet potato in a pot, and throw in a blender once soft.
These are just a few combinations we’ve found. Do you have some tried and tested favourites? Post them in the comments below!
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