Our little granddaughter is 6 months old now, and it’s time to introduce solids!
When I was raising my children, it was still all about convenience and packaged foods. And remember, there were no social media websites to share information and ideas – we simply learned what to do from family & friends. And you just did what they did.
In this day and age, we are so lucky to have so much good information at our fingertips, to make sure we all can make the best choices for our families. Our daughter decided when our grandson was ready for baby food, she was going to make everything fresh, rather than buying prepared baby foods. At first, while I thought it was awesome, I didn’t know how truly easy it was to do this. And he pretty much loved everything they gave him. Something tells me that fresh tastes WAY better than processed! Now, my almost 3 year old grandson will eat any vegetable or fruit you put in front of him – well, he’ll eat pretty much anything at this point. I’ve never seen a child eat this good before!
That said, I’m supportive of however you choose to feed your babies – but if you’re interested, I wanted to share how easy making your own baby food really is.
It’s as simple as buying fresh vegetables and steaming them the old fashion way – or – buying steamable bags of veggies at the grocery store that you can pop in the microwave. Whatever you are comfortable with, go for it! I know there are people who refuse to use microwaves, but I’m not sure if I can see ourselves ever giving up that convenience. That’s the beauty of choice – we can all make our own choices for our own families, and it’s perfectly ok. I’ll support you, if you support me!! =)
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We started with a bag of whole green beans and an avocado. The avocado helps the texture to be more smooth, but of course they are very nutritious, too!
I used my Nutri-Bullet Magic Bullet and added 1 bag of veggies per avocado, and a little nursery water. Blend until it’s completely pureed. Check the consistency and add more water if needed.
Then spoon the mixture into ice cube trays or baby food containers. I purchased these containers with lids many years ago from Babies R Us on a really good clearance deal, thinking they would make a great baby shower gift – then they got packed away and I forgot about them. When I found them again during one of our moves, I saved them for my grandbabies. These actual containers are no longer available, but this is a similar/updated item
However, the ice cube tray idea is so easy, and way more economical.
Next, I steamed some peas and scooped out another avocado.
Add everything to the Nutri-Bullet container, screw on the lid with the blades, turn it upside down and place on the Nutri-Bullet mixer, push down, and away you go!
Once the baby food is portioned out, freeze your trays, then pop out the cubes, place them in ziploc freezer bags, and mark them with the type of food and the date they were made. If you have a deep freezer, you can store the baby food for several months. If you have a frost free freezer or regular refrigerator freezer that you get into often, push them as far to the back as you can and use them within 1-2 months. In the refrigerator only, they’re only good for 48 hours.
The great thing about freezing them in cubes, you just take out what you need, as needed, and thaw out or heat up. Babies can eat it cold, too – there is actually no need to heat baby food. And if baby is still hungry, just grab another cube!
This whole process took less than 15 minutes and we now have 32 servings of green beans and 32 servings of peas, both with avocado – all for a cost of $6!!
That’s less than 10 cents per serving!
And….SHE LOVED IT!!!
I cannot say the same for the prepared green bean baby food that my son & daughter-in-law bought her a couple of weeks ago, just for the heck of it. Yeah. She was NOT amused.
But our fresh version with avocado – well, she kept opening her mouth over & over for more, and even grabbed the spoon multiple times to get more! I’d call that a great success!
Once our sweet little granddaughter is used to her yummy green veggies, we’ll start on orange veggies, then more new green veggies, then fruits. It’s always a safe bet to prolong sweets as long as possible. Let their little palates develop a love for veggies first, and chances are very high that you won’t be fighting to get your little one to eat their veggies, ever! At least that’s what has worked for my grandson. He never had any junk food for most of his first 2.5 years, but he never wanted it or asked for it, either. To this day he prefers fresh, healthy foods over anything.
He will even fight to eat YOUR asparagus and broccoli!! LOL!!