|Homemade Baby-Food Basics|
|Friday, 04 February 2011 00:00 | Written by Rhiannon Bernice | Blog Entry|
Making your own baby food is a wonderful way to ensure that your child is eating healthy food, and at a fraction of the cost of prepackaged baby foods. Since you’re probably not going to use additives or fillers, unlike many of the pre-made baby foods on store shelves, you’ll know that your child is eating 100% real food. It takes relatively little time to prepare wholesome and delicious food for your little one, and homemade foods can be stored easily for use later when time may be in short supply. Many of the best foods for babies don’t even require cooking, just some small amount of mashing before serving.
Quick and Easy
Avocados are a great first food. They’re loaded with nutrients—including protein, calcium and potassium—so they are ideal for growing children. They need no cooking and almost no mashing. Just cut one open, scoop out the soft green flesh, gently mash with the back of a fork and serve. As an option, for a nice balance of sugars and fats, add some mashed banana. Avocados, bananas and other such soft fruits come ready-to-eat in their own packaging, require no cooking and make great snacks when you’re away from home.
Cooking and Storage
Sprouted, organic brown rice can be cooked well, then blended thoroughly with a little water until it’s smooth for a warm cereal. A boiled egg yolk also makes an excellent food for babies, and it takes just a few minutes to prepare. Boil an egg, making sure that the whites around the yolk are completely cooked (to avoid any possibility of salmonella), then remove the yolk and mash with a fork. Precooked yolks can also be frozen for future use.
Healthy, Local and Delicious
So why spend your hard-earned money on less healthy, store-bought foods in excessive packaging—especially when they come with a bloated carbon footprint thanks to manufacturing and long-distance shipping? Instead, serve your baby the most delicious and nutritious meals you can: food grown organically by local farmers and prepared lovingly by you. You’ll be supporting your baby’s health, the local community and the environment. How wonderful is that?