5 Simple Homemade Baby Food Recipes to Refrigerate or Freeze
We are in a very weird time. This is nothing we have ever experienced before and we’re all navigating through this experiencing both highs and lows while trying to maintain positive energy that our kids will hopefully feed off of. Hopefully. Some days I follow my schedule I’ve made …..others it’s chaos. Both are ok. I’ve learned compassion for myself through this and all we can do is try our best. You are doing GREAT!
To keep my family on a schedule, meal prepping has been a huge help! This is a great way to maintain a feeding schedule and develop a routine especially if you’re pressed for time. One of the most important things that you can do to help your kiddos feel safe and secure is to establish as much routine in his life as possible
One thing I miss the most is making baby food for my littles. For starters it’s super cost effective, MUCH healthier being that there’s no added preservatives, and it’s a great way to keep a watch for allergies. It also develops healthy eating habits which makes transitioning to table food much easier.
What you’ll need is a blender or a food processor, glass jars and/or ice cube trays. When storing them in the fridge, I use glass jars and date them 48 hours from when I made them. I usually make a big batch, freeze the rest and keep a few portions in the fridge for the next 2 days. When freezing...ice cube trays are amazing and you can empty them into ziplock bags to create more space. Frozen puree can be stored 3 months.
Bonus, you can also get your babies involved! Let your little ones enjoy seeing how food is made by wearing them in the sling while you're working in the kitchen. Of course, don't get close to heat or turn the blender on when your baby is sleeping! Often the only way I would ever get meals ready was by wearing my daughter, and she loved watching, pointing to and tasting the food.
Here’s my favorite 5!
Strawberry, Peach & Blueberry
This is one of the easiest to prepare. Just wash and through in a blender! (remove the skin from the peach). This combo is PACKED with so many vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber!! This is also a favorite smoothie of mine! Many days we had the same for breakfast!
Broccoli, Apple & Pear
Eat your broccoli!!!! A sentence embedded in my head since childhood. Aside from every vitamin under the tuscan sun, throw in some fiber, folate, zinc, selenium, and calcium for fun!! The apples and pears make the brocolli a bit easier on the pallet for those developing taste buds! First, steam the broccoli. Then in a blender, combine the apples and pears with the skin off with a little liquid. Combine all ingredients in the blender and you’re done!
Sweet Potato & Cinnamon Puree
Sweet potatoes,1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder, water or breast milk. Sweet potoatoes are loaded with fiber and nutrients and cinnamon alone is loaded with health benefits. You’ll be going bite for bite with this one, it’s SO TASTY!
Butternut Squash and Banana Puree
2 ingredients for the win!!!! After your squash is roasted mash it with a ripe banana and you’re done!
This is the best because it’s ONE ingredient!!!! It’s a wonderful “good fat” food for baby's brain and physical development. This is a great 1st food for the baby. Mine couldn't get enough!!
Here's just a bit to get you started. I would love to hear about your favorite baby food recipes!! Share in the comments :) Stay safe and stay healthy!