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It seems like I have a billion kids running around my house at all times. In reality I have 4, plus I babysit a 5th.
My biggest kid is just about 16. Teens have very strange habits and their eating is bizarre at best. She will grab a pack of salted top crackers and disappear for the day, when she comes home, she’ll eat a bagel in bed with her face glued to her phone.
My middle kids are 9 and 10.. my boy is 10 and is super fussy. I’m trying to get him to try new things, but it’s a struggle. The faces he makes are both hilarious and aggravating at the same time. Recently tho, he has been making some pretty good progress. His food can now touch without a hysterical breakdown. He loves the “basic” veggies like carrots, corn, broccoli and ‘white broccoli’ (if you call it cauliflower he doesn’t like it). About twice a week I get him to try something new. Cooked spinach and beet tops are a no go, but zucchini and radishes are OK … if he ‘has to’.
My 9 year old baby girl’s eating habits are any parents dream. She will always choose fruits and veggies over chips or nuggets. She will try anything and if I eat it she will too… except red curry.. she didn’t like that too much.
The babies are another matter. My son and the little girl I babysit are going to be a year old in September.
They depend solely on caregivers for their nutrition. As much as they love to put everything in their mouths.. cell phones and kitten tails will not keep them sustained.
With the other kids I bought their food, in jars, not paying any attention to what I was actually feeding them.
Now though, partly because of my sister bringing the downside of processed foods into the light for me, partly because my sister-in-law is vegan and so is my almost 2 year old niece, and partly because of google and YouTube videos, I am now way more aware of ingredients.
Tuna oil. Choline bitartrate. Gelatine. Ascorbic acid. Alpha Tocopherol Acetate.
Those are some of the ingredients in jarred baby food. What the hell for!?
Those don’t seem like natural things to put in anyone’s body, never mind in a babies tiny tummy!
So now I make homemade baby food. It’s so easy. I sometimes don’t have time to cook and smash food on demand so I make batches.
And the babies love it!
Some things I don’t cook first and sometimes I boil and steam all day. But then I freeze it in portions. One day of preparing makes at least a month of food for them.
All I do is plunk my ingredients and a splash of water if needed into my trusty $18 blender. Let it buzz around for a minute and portion into freezer safe containers. So simple. I label the containers so it’s not a guessing game when it’s time to thaw. Easy, quick and healthy. No unpronouceable things added!
I experiment with ingredients to make sure my homemade baby food is full of variety and balance.
I’ve whizzed up:
- Banana, strawberry, blueberry and spinach. Always a winner!
- Pears, kiwi and avacodo was eaten eagerly.
- Chickpeas and apple… even me and my youngest daughter ate that batch, so yummy on toast.
- Always a dinner favorite is sweet potatoes, broccoli and quinoa. I made way too much of this combination so I used what didn’t fit into my containers to thicken my soup and it was amazing!
- Kale, beets and rice… a strange color, but they loved it!
- Peach, mango and lentils.. smiles all around.
I’ve tried so many “weird” combinations all enjoyed by my little ones.
I actually get excited on grocery shop days to see what I can come up with next!
The only ‘preserving’ ingredient I ever use when I cook is a squirt of lemon. And that’s just so bananas and avocados don’t look like they’ve turned to mud. I did bananas and orange juice to make a baby smoothie and that worked great when I froze it.
So easy and way more cost effective! Anyone with a blender, food processor, baby bullet (or the regular sized one) can make deliciously healthy homemade baby food. If you don’t have a machine to do the chopping and blending, you can use a knife to chop and a fork to smash…that’s how I started. 🙂