|Top row: carrots, mango and prunes. Middle row: pears, Greek yogurt, kale and butternut squash. Bottom row: peas, sweet potatoes, and peaches|
- It’s nutritious. Commercially prepared baby food is sterilized at very high heat to increase shelf life, a process which kills a lot of nutrients and affects flavor and texture. Homemade baby food, on the other hand, retains most of its nutritional value, taste and texture. When you make your own baby food, you control the ingredients- it’s all natural, no additives or fillers.
- It’s economical. Store-bought baby food can be expensive. You can save money by making large batches of homemade baby food and storing it in the refrigerator or freezer. Most baby food will keep in the refrigerator for 3 days and in the freezer for 3 months
- It will bring out the chef in you and perhaps make your baby a more adventurous eater. When you make your own food, you can create your own yummy combinations and expose your baby to a wide variety of flavors. Sienna loves when I mix apples, kale and sweet potatoes. Another one of her favorite combinations is cherries, pears and Greek yogurt.
Making your own baby food at home is nutritious, economical, and a lot easier than you think!
- Wash the peaches thoroughly.
- Peel and cut the fruit into pieces. Place in a steamer and steam until tender, 3-5 minutes. Note: If peaches are very ripe and soft, you can skip this step.
- Remove the fruit and transfer to a food processor or blender. Puree to desired consistency. Alternatively, you can use an immersion blender.
- Serve immediately or pour the puree into individual storage containers and refrigerate up to 3 days.
- If freezing, transfer the puree to multi-portion freezer trays or ice cube trays and freeze.
- When you're ready to serve, pop out individual portions, heat and serve. Enjoy!!!
This recipe can be adapted for many different fruits and vegetables
|Sienna enjoying her meal|
For more great baby and toddler recipes, check out my cookbook, Natural Baby Food: Over 150 Wholesome, Nutritious Recipes for Your Baby and Toddler. It’s available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Penguin Random House, Target, Walmart, and anywhere books are sold!