Grace has been eating solids now for a few months. I wouldn’t define myself as crunchy, but try my best to make healthy meals for my family and stock our fridge and pantry with nutritious choices.
I knew I at least wanted to give homemade baby food a chance and I have been surprised at how easy and quick it actually can be. There were a couple of books that I used as resources 201 Organic Baby Purees and Super Baby Food. Both which have been a big help in trying to figure out what I am doing.
So far I have pureed sweet potatoes, avocado, peas, green beans, apples, mango, pear, peaches, bananas, blueberries to name a few. Most of the produce I bought was fresh, but I am guessing as certain foods go out of season I will be buying more frozen items.
All of the produce, with the exception of avocado and bananas, I cooked first and then transferred to a blender to puree. To save on time for the future I made large batches and scooped it into ice cube trays. Once frozen I popped the cubes out and now have each food in a labeled bag in the freezer. It turned out to be super easy and not nearly as time consuming as I thought.
I do keep a small supply of store bought baby food on hand for when we travel or Grace is a lot hungrier than I expected and I need a quick fill in. It’s amazing the difference in taste between the homemade and not, there is so much more flavor. The boys are usually found wanting to eat her leftovers, especially pumpkin yogurt!
A few of her favorites are apple spice oatmeal, avocado-banana, sweet potatoes and pumpkin yogurt.