5 Top Reasons to make your own Baby Food

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When mom’s get pregnant with their first child, most of them get recommendations to read all of the books new moms are “supposed” to read: the ones about sleep, discipline, eating, and anything else that could possibly happen during their first year. And everyone wants to be the mom who uses cloth diapers, never uses a pacifier, and has their child on a schedule within the first two weeks. Those things may not happen for a variety of reasons. But there’s one thing you should get serious about: Making your own baby food!

It’s something we believe you can easily be successful with, without much trouble. Making your own baby food comes with great benefits, here our ‘why-you-should’ list:

1. It’s a lot more affordable than buying commercial baby food products. Try buying zucchini, or squash at the farmer’s market or health store–chances are you’ll only spend a few dollars for local/seasonal veggies, and end up making at least 10 servings of vegetables for your baby. That’s much less expensive than buying 10 jars of baby food, especially when looking at organic brands.

2. You can be sure the foods you’re serving your child won’t contain any additives or preservatives. Many commercially made baby foods contain preservatives that allow them to sit on grocery shelves for long periods of time. Homemade baby food can easily be frozen if you aren’t going to use it right away. Some commercial products also contain thickening agents like corn starch or flour, which means your baby is getting less fruits or veggies, and more filler.

3. It helps your child develop a good taste for fresh fruits and vegetables from the start. As you probably know, fresh, seasonal food typically tastes better. If you taste a jar of pears, it probably tastes blander than a fresh pear that’s in season.

4. It’s great for the environment. Less bottles and packaging means less waste in landfills. There’s also less food waste since you won’t have to throw out half-eaten jars of baby food. Be sure you adjust the size of your jars to the serving size you are currently feeding. Keep it small, and add another (smaller) jar if needed.

5. It allows you to have total control over what your child is eating. By making your own food, you know exactly what your child is eating and whether or not they are lacking in certain vitamins and nutrients.

The best way to start is visiting a farmer’s market or healthy store to find out what’s in season. It’s our experience that new mom’s will spend about 1-2 hours once a week making batches of food to puree and freeze. Doing small amounts at a time means that you have a wide variety of foods on hand and the process isn’t terribly time-consuming. Try using ice cube trays (BPA free) with lids to make individual servings that are easy to defrost and serve.

There’s nothing wrong with commercial baby foods if you decide that’s what is best for you and your family. But it’s another option to consider if you’re looking to save money, help the environment and help your children develop a taste for the fresh stuff right off the bat.

Our recipe today: “Trout with mixed greens” (AGE: 9+ months)

You’ll need

20 – 30 g Trout

1 small potato

1 hand-full of greens to choose from (we love chard, turnip greens, radish tops) + herbs

1 tsp of butter

1 pinch of sea salt

You’ll do

1 Prepare your fish to eliminate skin and edges (be sure there are NO bones)

2 Peel and wash the potato, cut it into pieces. Sort the greens, and wash it carefully. Add a little water to a ceramic skillet or pot, add the greens and steam with the tomato for about 15 minutes. 5 minutes before the end of cooking, add the small trout fillet.

3 Mix everything else into puree with a small knob of butter and a tiny pinch of salt.

4 Add the trout at the end, after you’ve meshed it with a little bit of butter and made sure no bones are present.

(for better taste, you may add a little mylk to it. mylk=dairy free milk, such as almond, hemp or rice)

What’s your favorite Baby food (puree, etc)? Let us know what you think?

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