Sunday, October 24, 2010

Simply Natural Baby Food


I have been enjoying introducing food to my baby granddaughter Elizabeth Hope. In the effort to keep her safe from pesticides and chemicals I've found that simple, plain and organic food are the best choices. With very little effort her baby food can be made from the purest and most wholesome foods. They are healthy and most cost effective. I have learned that the closer to nature the food is prepared the more vitamins and minerals will be absorbed into the body. The key is no processed foods. You can make your own baby food. It's quick and easy and a whole lot cheaper.

Since Elizabeth is 4 months old, she is still in the puree stage. This is where ice cube trays come in handy. Simply puree your vegetable or fruit. Fill an ice cube tray. After it's frozen put the cubes in a freezer bag. Label your bags and date them. Your cubes will last well for about 3 months in the freezer. Elizabeth eats 2 cubes per meal until she reaches 6 months of age. I hope you will enjoy some of the recipes I have prepared.

Apples are a wonderful place to begin. They can be combined with other fruits, vegetables and grains. Simply start with organic apples, Peel, chop into small chunks and place in the pot to cook. I add a small amount of water and a pinch of cinnamon and cook covered until the apples are tender. Spoon it out into your blender, food processor or as I use my little bullet to mix in. You may need to add a pinch more water to make it the correct consistency of an applesauce. Spoon it into your ice cube tray for the freezer.

Whole grain organic oats is another great place to begin. Instead of purchasing baby cereal which contains preservatives, just buy plain Oats..Oats are all you want the ingredients to say. I simply put the oats in my bullet and mix until it becomes a powder. I make enough to last for a least a week and just keep it in an air tight container. You can also add a small amount of flax seed and grind it with your oats.

Breakfast Smoothies are quick and easy. Organic fruits pureed with 3 tsp. of ground oats and a pinch of organic whole milk yogurt or milk for liquid. Apples, Bananas, Peaches, Apricots, Plums and Pumpkins all work well. A little pinch of cinnamon, ginger or nutmeg will add a little fun surprise.

Vegetables can be done the same simple way in your ice cube trays. Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Squash, Green Beans, Peas, Kale and Broccoli. I use what is fresh from the garden or organic from the store. Dry Beans and Lintels are also a healthy diet when mixed with just a tiny bit of milk.

Carrots, Pumpkins, Sweet Potatoes and Squash are all good combinations when mixed with a little bit of those apples you saved in the freezer and a pinch of cinnamon or ginger.

The key is simple. No salt, no butter, no sugar and no preservatives, chemicals or pesticides. Simply Natural Baby Food is as close to nature as one can get. I hope you've enjoyed some of my ideas.



Happy Gardening!!
Pammy

3 comments:

  1. What a good grandma you are! Great idea about the icecube tray. I do that when Meyer lemon's are prolific here in Florida. I always have frozen cubes of juice no matter what season.

    Take good care,

    Karen

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