How To Make Your Own Baby Food
Though those commercial foods sold for baby are fine but there is nothing like homemade. Keeping this in mind, today I am going tell you how to make your own baby food. Read on.
How To Make Homemade Baby Food?
When foods are cooked the right way, they provide your baby with right nutrition. In fact, it helps him or her to grow stronger and healthier. Compared to homemade baby foods, commercial ones tend to contain more sugar, sodium & less fiber. Moreover, they are more expensive. If you feel that making your own baby food is going to take a lot of time then think over because there are many simple recipes, which hardly takes time. Now, your baby’s health is more important.
If your baby is only a few months old, consider giving him pureed healthy foods. Once he or she is 9 – 12 months old, know that your baby is prepared to shift from pureed to chopped foods. Believe it or not, there is a lucid cost advantage of making your own baby food, particularly if you are using seasonal vegetables & fruits.
According to experts and survey reports, it is estimated that homemade baby foods cost 30% – 50% less when compared to commercial baby foods. Once you learn how to make your own baby food, you can initiate doing different recipes with wider varieties of foods. However, let me also tell you that not all can make baby food at home. If you are probably working, you might not find time to carefully add in all the flavors. Moreover, if it irritates you when you see your baby spitting it out after you have spent so much time in making it, then it is better to serve him or her commercial baby foods.
Before I list down few simple recipes here in this article, you should know few things as a parent.
Homemade food gives you total control on what goes into your baby’s mouth. However, homemade baby food can only be nutritious if you make it right with healthy ingredients in correct proportions. Leaving it uncooked or overcooked scores very less nutrients.
Salt – can affect baby’s immature internal organs like kidneys. Moreover, it encourages him or her to eat more junks later
Herbs or spices – They aren’t completely grown to give these. Plain food is always better
Butter or margarine – They are unnecessary for a baby
Honey, corn syrup, molasses and sugar – sweeteners lead to weight and dental problems later. So, avoid
While preparing baby food, it is vital that your workspace and equipments are impeccably clean. Keep your hands hygienic the same time. Wash all your utensils & other washable equipment parts using soapy water. Use hot water to rinse & air dry. And before handling any baby food, make sure to clean your hands.
If you want to learn how to make your own baby food the easy yet healthy way, then here are few recipes to try
- Yummy Butternut Squash
This is a very simple and healthy recipe. It includes vegetables and babies are sure going to love this.
Preheat the oven to 400˚ F
Slice the squash into half & eliminate its seeds
Keep the fresh squash inside a baking tin while facing down about 1-inch water
Bake for around 40 minutes
Add some water if required
If the squash turns soft, know that it is done
Remove its flesh. Puree or mash it slightly using a fork
- Tender Carrots
The most popular and common solid food given to a baby around the world is most often carrots. Not only are they cheap but also 100% healthy and nutritious. In fact, I often see people buying so many jars of it. Pick fresh and bigger carrots, they are more nutritious than the baby carrots.
Peel a carrot (if it is big and 2 if small)
Trim its ends
Make few slices
Steam, microwave or boil them
Make a puree out of it and serve your kid
- Delicious Sweet Potato Puree
Not only are sweet potatoes healthy but also an all-time favorite food for babies. They love it because of its natural subtle sweetness. Moreover, it is very easy to prepare. Follow the below listed instructions.
Preheat the oven to 375˚ F
Take a sweet potato (large)
Scrub & prick it using a fork
Based on its size, bake for at least 45 minutes or until it turns soft
Once it cooks, split the sweet potato & scrape off its flesh using a spoon. It doesn’t need pureeing
- Tasty Zucchini
Since zucchini have great water content, they make up a very thin puree when made. Introduce this ingredient at first, then mix it with other healthy vegetables that might otherwise be too “heavy” in texture. Follow the below listed instructions
Wash zucchini thoroughly
Eliminate both the ends
Slice into few pieces
Boil them in some water or consider microwaving or steaming until it turns tender
As usual, make a puree out of it
- Recipe With Apples
This is yet another simple recipe for your baby. Just follow the below listed instructions
You Will Need
Prepared cous-cous – 2 tablespoons
Yogurt – 1 tablespoon
Prepared applesauce – 1 tablespoon
Nutmeg – a pinch (optional)
Method Of Preparation
Just mix applesauce, cous cous in a small clean bowl & top it with fresh yogurt
If you are using nutmeg, stir into applesauce for extra flavor
- Baby Food With Fruits
Choose dried, unsweetened frozen or fresh fruit for this recipe. But avoid using canned fruit syrup because they are high in sugars. I would suggest you to pick pears, bananas, papayas, prunes, plums, apricots, peaches, apples, avocadoes and mangoes for this. Don’t take fruits that have seeds or fiber in them like raspberries, strawberries, pineapples and so on.
Wash the fruits properly
Peel their skin
Mash using a fork or puree it using a blender or you can boil them and make puree out of it