After a few months, your baby will be given a physician's blessing to be weaned off of breastmilk or formula, at which time you will have to make some decisions regarding what kind of baby food to feed your son or daughter. This can be tricky with all the advertisements floating around on the television or in magazines. If you find yourself overwhelmed with what brand will be the healthiest and most satisfying for your baby, why not try to make it yourself?
Food is crucial to your baby's development. Making your own baby food allows you to know exactly what your baby is eating, preventing the chance that a store-bought brand has preservatives or "fillers." You''ll know that the ingredients you are using are fresh and healthy. Also, it lets you be flexible, and you can improvise on the recipe to better suit your baby's health needs. Finally, making your own baby food saves money and can be fun!
Here are some easy recipes from Homemade-baby-food-recipes.com.
Baby Cereal Recipe
To make a healthy rice cereal, grind 1/4 cup of brown rice in a food processor until it reaches a fine dry powder. Bring 9 ounces of water to boil and add the processed rice, stirring constantly with a whisk. At this point, adjust the heat to low and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Finally, stir in some formula or breastmilk to get the desired consistency. This is a great recipe to add fruit into when your baby is ready.
Sweet Potato and Melon Mash
In a food processor, blend together 1 cup of cooked sweet potato and 1 cup of cantaloupe melon. Then add 1/4 cup of natural yogurt and blend until there are no chunks. You can choose to sprinkle a little powdered ginger, which has many antioxidants that promote healthy digestion. Sweet potatoes are a great source of beta-carotene.
Green asparagus is great for your baby because it's high in calcium, protein and B vitamins. To prepare pureed asparagus, you need to remove the stems so that just the tips remain. Wash the tips and them boil them in a saucepan for five to seven minutes. Once cooked, you can puree them with a food processor or mash them, making an excellent dinner.
Creamy Fruit-Medley Mash
Place a diced apple or pear into a small saucepan and simmer in water until the fruit is tender. Then transfer it to a food processor and puree until smooth. Mash up an avocado - which is chock full of fiber, vitamins and potassium - with the fruit puree you've got a sweet creamy treat for you baby.