Lauren Egger is a busy mom of five, a former RN and founder of the Healthy Mom Project.
Making homemade baby food is simple and nutritious! It also allows you to know exactly what is going into your little one’s bodies. Give these homemade baby foods a try!
Healthy baby food is essential. Pound per pound, babies take in three to four times more calories per pound than adults. Their metabolic pathways are also immature, which means they are more sensitive to toxins than adults. Our local grocery store, Heinen’s, makes it possible to buy fresh, organic ingredients you’ll be happy to make into homemade baby food give to your little one!
As your little one grows it’ll soon be time to introduce solid food. Get prepared for HUGE messes for basically the next couple of years. Actually, who am I kidding? More than that! Starting your baby on solids usually happens around six months when baby can sit up well, shows an interest in food and doesn’t reject food when you try feeding him. Here are some of my tips and recipes for homemade baby food.
- Sweet Potatoes
- Broths (including bone broth)
- Green Beans
- Egg Yolk
- Organic Meats. Meat may seem counter-intuitive as a first food, but it’s a complete source of protein & contains amino acids. It’s a natural source of iron, which babies naturally need. I recommend buying pastured, grass-fed, high quality meats. How do you cook meat for baby? Cook the meat and let it cool. Then blend it in a blender with broth, until you reach a smooth consistency.
Homemade Baby Food Purees
Peel and cut out the seeds from 2 apples. Cut apples into small chunks. Toss in boiling water or steam until tender. (Steaming leaves the apples with more nutrition.) Place soft apples in a high-powered blender and add remaining water from steaming the apples to the blender. Blend until you get a smooth consistency for baby. You can pour the applesauce in an ice-cube tray to freeze and use as desired. Simply pull out a cube to defrost a few hours before you are ready to feed baby.
Bake 3-4 organic sweet potatoes at 375° for about 45 minutes. When you can insert your fork easily they are done. Let them cool. Place them in a high-powered blender or baby food processor with about 1/4 cup of filtered water. Add water until you get a thin, smooth consistency. Serve immediately, or pour in an ice-cube tray to freeze.
Steam a bag of frozen organic peas until they are tender. This will only take a couple of minutes. Place the peas in a high-powered blender with some of the remaining water used for steaming. Pour into an ice-cube tray and freeze. Pull out a cube to defrost, hours before you are ready for baby to eat!
Homemade Chunky Baby Food
Avocados + Banana
Smash up avocados with your fork, it’s a great first food! Avocados contain many healthy fats and lots of vitamins and minerals. It’s a nutritious powerhouse for your baby. Add banana to smashed up avocado and baby will gobble it up.
Broccoli + Potatoes
Steam broccoli and peeled potatoes until soft and tender. Smash together with a fork. You can add a little bit of broth if you want it to be smoother.
Carrots + Peas
Steam carrots and peas separately. (Peas cook up much faster than carrots!) Use a fork to smash them up together for baby.
Baby Food For On-The-Go
We always need some go-to baby foods for when we are in a rush! It’s not complicated to throw some steamed carrots, peas, apples, or any baby food you made in a container to go. Here are some other choices from Heinen’s we love.
- Nature’s all freeze-dried organic strawberries
- Organic fruit & veggie pouches
- Individual guacamole packages (don’t forget a spoon!)
I will admit, I did not follow these guidelines with our first. I learned with each of our children. Just remember to try and keep it simple. Making baby food is easy, especially when you get the hang of it. Good luck, and share your tips for healthy, homemade baby food!