Homemade Baby Food = Guaranteed nutrition

As a parent, you wish to provide your Little One with nothing but the BEST! Best clothes, best toys, and most important best of nutrition! I strongly doubt if the store-bought ready-made baby food could do complete justice to nutrition no matter how authentic it claims itself to be. After all they are processed foods. That is why I wanted to prepare all my baby’s food at home from scratch.

After few experiments, I realised that preparing on daily basis wasn’t going to work out. So preparing in batches seemed to be the ideal solution. But how to store them was another question. So I did my research and came with this method which I would like to share.

All you need to do is shop for the veggies and fruits you wish to give your baby from the grocery. I prefer buying only organic stuff. My grocery list includes:2

  • 3-4 Bananas
  • 2 Avocados
  • 3-4 Apples
  • 3 Pears
  • 2 Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 Butternut Squash
  • 3 Carrots
  • 1/2 lb Green Beans
  • 1 lb bag of frozen Green Peas

For preparation and storage, you need:

  • A Blender
  • Ice Cube Trays
  • Ziploc Bags

Let’s begin!

Bananas & Avocados: Easiest of all! Just mush up with a fork and feed! I used NUK Mash and Serve Bowl during the early stage to mash them fine.mash bowl

Apple & Pear: Wash well, peel, cut into cubes, steam on medium for 10 mins, cool and put in the blender.

Now the Veggies!

For carrots, sweet potatoes,  squashes: Peel, wash, cut into medium-sized cubes, boil until fork tender, cool and put in the blender

You could also choose to bake the squash and sweet potato at 400F for 45 mins

Green beans: Wash, cut the ends, boil until fork tender, cool and put in the blender

Green peas: Boil until tender, cool and put in the blender

Then comes the storage!

Transfer the puree into the ice-cube trays and freeze. After freezing, transfer them into Ziploc bags and label them with the date. Place them back in the freezer.

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Grab the desired number of cubes and microwave for 30 seconds before serving. If you want to avoid microwaving, just defrost them by refrigerating overnight or at least half a day before serving.

­Note

  1. You could prepare 1 or 2 items per day during your baby’s nap time
  2. I usually serve veggies with rice cereal and fruits with oatmeal. This way I require 2 cubes (approx 2 oz) per meal. ( I feed solids to my baby twice a day)
  3. Thus I have adequate food for 10-15 days.
  4. Both the cubes need not be the same. I mix and match veggies like sweet potato beans/ carrot, peas-carrot, squash- peas etc. In case of fruits, I like giving apple-pear, apple-banana, and avocado-banana. Personally I don’t believe in combining fruits and veggies together as the digestion time for each is different.

This way you can rest assured that your baby is getting a nutritious meal each and every day!!!

 

 

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