Making Baby Food is Like Making Mashed Potatoes
Before my friend, Miriam, told me, I didn't know about making baby food. Miriam and I are both new moms, so it was a rare occasion for us to get together for lunch and get away from household responsibilities. Seated over a meal at Naha, I nearly choked on my drink when she told me about her new venture with mashed peas and squash. I thought it was a joke.
Our babies were always on our minds, so it followed that our chat revolved around them. After exchanging diaper-changing anecdotes, we came around to baby food. Miriam has a better understanding of healthy eating than I do, so I was curious as to what brand of baby food she chose for her baby girl. Imagine my shock when Miriam told me that she whips up her own baby food.
I know Miriam likes to prepare food. It's one of the reasons we became such fast friends. Our common love of cooking has led to nonstop hours of sharing trade secrets, but making baby food had never popped in my head. My first reaction was to inquire about the convenience of her exploits. Taking care of babies doesn't give parents any extra time. But when Miriam expounded on the easy process, it became apparent that making baby food wouldn't eat into my schedule. Better yet, homemade baby food is better than store bought ones.
Commercial baby foods have additives and a lot of additives that may not be good for your baby. Making baby food removes all those extra ingredients, like dyes and concentrates. If you can't pronounce the ingredients on the food label, then it's most likely not as healthy as those "all natural" claims would like you to think. It's a surprise more parents don't know that the healthier alternative is a quick mash up of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Besides being able to give my baby healthier food, I appreciated the time saved and control I had over servings. Making use of fresh fruits and vegetables, you can mix together a great or small portion of baby food and stock it for the week. Instead of going through countless small glass jars that won't last beyond a few meals, mix a portion that will last the week. After it's made, you don't have to worry about always dropping by the store to get a hold of more. You can have a week's worth of meals made in the time it would take you to drive to the grocery.
Here's the fundamental premise of making baby food. Cook the food by steaming, baking, microwaving or boiling, let it cool, then pound. It's that easy. You can dilute with breast milk, milk formula or water to aid with the consistency: smooth, mushy or textured. What are some things you can mash? Pumpkin, squash, apple... the list goes on. You can't go wrong. Think you're ready to try it?
Here's a yummy banana concoction that's a breeze to make, and kids love it, too!
DELICIOUS BANANA AND RICE MASH
1 cup cooked rice
a quarter to half cup milk, warm
dash of cinnamon
raisins, 1 tbsp
1 ripe banana (sliced)
Make this recipe in no time. In a food processor, mix together everything and blend until smooth.
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