Saturday, October 3, 2009

Healthy Baby Food on a Budget

Back when I was a baby my mom made all my baby food. Whatever my parents ate, they threw in a blender and I ate it. I've heard that my favorite puree was liver and onions. I think I'd throw up if someone fed that to me today. Ugh! But nowadays you can't just take pizza and puree it. You have to integrate new foods separately in order to easily detect food allergies. Plus there's a progression of foods that you have to wait to give. Well the doc gave us the go ahead to give the little one a lot more foods. Fish, honey, peanut butter, strawberries and eggs are still out. But honestly, there's a ton of food she can eat in the meantime.

A friend of mine who made her own daughter's food gave me the best book ever!!! Top 100 Baby Purees It's a great guide to preparing baby food easily. Honestly, I haven't made a whole lot of items from the book yet, but it's a great resource.

Lily's favorite foods right now are avocados, beets, sweet potatoes, blueberries and plums. All made by yours truly. It makes me so happy to see how much she enjoys her food. And not only is it more flavorful and (to me) healthier, it's usually really cost effective. The hubs and I figure we have probably spent a fourth of what we'd have spent on pre-made baby food.

So for all you new moms or moms-to-be, keep this idea in mind. It takes no time at all to crack open a can of salt free sliced beets, dump them in a bowl and take the stick blender to them. One and a half servings for 72 cents.


Crystal LunaRouge said...

Do you make it fresh at each meal or do you prepare a batch at a time and freeze? My son is four months old and though he's still a way off eating solids, I am contenplating making my own.

SpiritPhoenix said...

I do a little of both. It depends on how much time I have. I prefer to make a whole bunch of stuff on the weekend and then freeze the majority of it.

Honestly, making your own baby food is so easy!