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Homemade Baby Food – Beet

Beet

In an effort to get more variety and nutrition into Rian’s diet, I decided to make him some beet. I am hoping to eventually mix this is with blueberries and other veg once we pass them ๐Ÿ™‚

Beets are high in vitamin C, fiber, potassium and manganese – all essential elements to baby’s growth and development!

Here is how I made beet puree:

Wash and peel your beets after cutting off the greens. Tip: leave on the root to have something to hold onto while you peel your beets!

Chop the beets into small pieces so they will cook faster. Add the beets to a pot with about a half inch of water. Bring the water to a low boil and cover for 10-15 minutes, or until the beets are tender. Add the water and beets to your blender and puree until smooth. Freeze the mixture for easier storage using a baby food or ice cube tray.

Make sure to remember that beets can turn your little one’s diapers red! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Homemade Baby Food – Pear

Pear

Pear was the first real fruit I started Rian on. I had some in the pantry & decided, why not try it?

I started by peeling and cubing two brown pears. I added the cubes to a sauce pan with a 1/4 cup of water and let it boil with the lid on for 20 minutes (or until very tender). You can let your pears cool, or do as I did, and puree them straight from the pan in your blender.

I added them to a baby food freezer tray and froze until solid. This makes storing your baby food SO EASY!

Happy eating! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Homemade Baby Food – Peas

Peas

Peas are one of the easiestย foods to make for your baby. Here is how I did it:

Microwave 1 bag of frozen organic peas with 1/4 cup of water in a microwave safe dish covered with plastic wrap. (You could also boil the peas on the stove top as well).ย Puree the mixture in a blender and add water as needed. Use a baby food freezer tray to store the perfect portion.

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Happy eating! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Homemade Baby Food – Avocado

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After passing sweet potato, I wanted to try to get some really good healthy fat into Rian. That is why I chose avocado! Since he is still too little to eat it mashed, I made some puree for him.

He loves avocado! This is definitely a dad trait because the only time I care for it is in sushi and at 3am on my carnitas fries LOL. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Making avocado baby food couldn’t be easier… simply take the flesh and blend it up with water. I am pretty conservative on the water because you can always add more. As the puree sits, it tends to thicken. Before each feeding, I just add another tablespoon or so and mix to get the right consistency.

Storage tip: if you aren’t freezing this into cubes right away… store in an air tight container with the avocado pit. It helps to keep the puree from browning ๐Ÿ™‚

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Happy eating! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

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Homemade Baby Food – Sweet Potato

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When it came time to add in food, I proceeded with caution. Rian ended up not being able to tolerate any cereal; we tried (with the recommendation of his pediatrician and GI) multigrain, rice, oat and even a hypo allergenic cereal (Neocate Nutra). Unfortunately, he had a reaction to all of it. He would break out into a rash and be very irritable amongst other things.

I was always planning on making my son his own baby food…. but, now that I know he has food allergies (on top of his GERD & MSPI), it became even more apparent how important it is! I decided to stop the cereals and try actual food at 5 months old.

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I started with sweet potato after a mom friend commented that her son’s GI recommended it.ย Since Rian has been eating this, his rash has cleared up and he seems much more content. He doesn’t struggle with his bowel movements and doesn’t thrash his body around. It truly is an amazing thing – whatever it is that is happening in his tiny body!

<—– Here he is, so content while eating!

Rian has always been a natural eater. He showed signs of being ready at 4 months and has always done GREAT. He doesn’t mess around, slop all over himself, or do anything that I expected him to do as a first time eater.

He watches us, mimicks what we do and always reaches out and cries for our food. I like to think he takes after me in this aspect ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here is my recipe for homemade sweet potato baby food:

Wash and scrub 2 medium sized sweet potatoes. Dry completely, poke around with a fork and then wrap the potatoes in foil. Put them in a 400 degree oven for 1 hour. I peeled them immediately after taking them out, but you can wait until they are cool if you want.

Take the potatoes and put them in a blender with about a half cup of water and puree. You can also grind the potatoes with a food mill and work in the water after. Depending on how old your little one is, you can add as much water as you need to get to consistency desired. Remember, you can always add more, but you can’t take it out!

This puree will last for a few days in the fridge. If you are making larger batches, use an ice tray with lid to freeze separate portions. You can let these thaw before using or heat in a microwave until warm.

Rian loves eating this so much he cries for more (as shown below!)….. I feel ya Ri, I hate when I finish a good plate of food too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Happy eating! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

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