There's no denying organic baby food costs an arm and a leg, but paying the extra cash ensures your lil one isn't ingesting growth hormones or pesticides. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides seals of approval to food items that contain organic ingredients, but that doesn't necessarily mean they are healthier than their nonorganic cousins. Shopping organic simply means your babe is getting the most environmentally safe products — creating happy, healthy bodies! Click through to learn more about these top-rated organic baby foods.
Lots of moms like to think out loud, and CherylDee is one of them. Here is one of the latest posts to her Lipsticks to Baby Bottles blog.
This is probably one of Kiara's favourite dishes, and I believe many Asian kids, too! It's easy peasy to make and tastes delish!
What you'll need:
- Minced chicken
- Diced carrots
- Rice (brown rice if you want a healthier choice)
- Bovril (optional)
- Garlic (optional)
- Chicken stock (optional)
For all the items that I stated as optional, it's really up to you which you would prefer. Some would rather skip Bovril and garlic and just use chicken stock, whereas some would do the opposite. So that part is really up to you and depends on how you would like your baby's food to be. I personally have used all three methods, and Kiara likes them all the same.
Step one: Add rice and carrots to a pot of boiling water (or boiling chicken stock). You can add finely chopped garlic if you would prefer to add more flavor to the dish.
Step two: I let this simmer in for about 15 to 20 minutes until the carrots are softer. Plus the rice takes a while to cook, too! Once done, add your minced chicken, which cooks quite fast since it's itty-bitty pieces.
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We couldn't help but notice . . . the hottest trend in baby food these days is undoubtedly the introduction of unexpected flavor combinations. Designed to stimulate tiny taste buds, some of the combos sound good enough for mom and dad to eat, while others are just plain outrageous. Test your baby culinary knowledge by guessing which of the following flavors are real, and which are made up!
As a soon-to-be first-time mom, a pregnant Caroline Freedman was obsessed with all things baby (sound familiar?), including what she would eventually feed her new lil one once she advanced past breast milk and bottles. "I was shocked at how little innovation there had been since I was a baby. It was still Gerber jarred foods," says Austin, TX-based Freedman, now mom to a 3-year-old and a 4-month-old. "Considering how parents are eating a lot differently now, it seemed so out of sync."
Freedman, along with her business partner Lauren McCullough (a former culinary arts teacher) decided to do something about the discrepancy. The result: NurturMe, the first certified organic, all-natural, gluten-free baby food made from quick-dried fruits and veggies. If a dehydrated baby food isn't inventive enough — each pouch is light as a feather and makes about 2.5 ounces of baby food when mixed with water, breast milk, or formula — NurturMe has yet another selling point: it's also an easy way to sneak fruits and veggies into older tots' meals. Keep reading for more from our interview with Freedman.
If you're cooking the holiday dinner and plan on hosting a few lil ones, it's a good idea to set up a baby buffet of sorts. Many of the standard side dishes on the Thanksgiving menu are soft, kid-friendly foods — soup, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, sweet potatoes, creamed vegetables, and doughy rolls or biscuits, so the gesture will only add minutes to your prep time.
Set aside a bit of each basic dish before adding the ingredients that young children don't care for or can't have —nuts, marshmallows, herbs, shellfish, etc. While your adult guests will enjoy your complex culinary creations, the younger ones will also appreciate the simple offerings you've made for them. And, not having to bring a bag of snacks and alternatives, will make parents most thankful.
A few days ago I decided to try out a recipe I found online. It sounded delicious, well in a baby delicious sorta way! So let's jump right into it. Here's a list or more like pictures of the items you will need to create this dish for your bubs.
I know I did not state any carrots in the title, but I did add in some, purely just for color. Well and K loves carrots, but I added just a tiny bit. So there you have:
- Heinz Baby Pasta Stars (You can get this from any leading supermarkets)
- Sweet Potatoes
- Carrots (if you want)
- Tuna in water or flakes if it's easier
So just chop up the items and pop them into a pot of boiling water. Chopping them up to smaller pieces makes it easier to mash up later when they're fully boiled. While your vegetables are boiling you can start doing your pastas in a separate pot. For one serving you can just use 1 tablespoon worth of pastas. Up to you if you prefer the stars version or the spaghetti.
Baby's first Thanksgiving may entail a special bib, a personalized place mat, and plenty of attention from fawning relatives, but it probably doesn't include a plate of turkey, sweet potatoes, and stuffing. Just because your lil one is too small for the buffet line, doesn't mean she has to miss out on the holidays delicious flavors. Turkey day favorites lend themselves to baby purees neutral flavors and smooth textures. I've rounded up Thanksgiving puree options for solid food-eating tots — both homemade recipes and store-bought versions, so no child goes without a bite of turkey on this festive day!
Let's feed the baby! For the first six months of baby's life, all he consumes is breast milk or formula — and when the time comes to introduce him to real foods, mama wants only the best. For this reason, lots of new moms decide to make their baby food at home, using organic fruits and veggies, and a baby food processor makes the endeavor oh-so-much easier!
- Simple: The Magic Baby Bullet ($80), from the makers of the Magic Bullet, allows mama to prepare homemade baby food in seconds and comes with everything you need to store up to five days worth of food for baby! It's BPA free and comes with a helpful little cookbook.
- Swank: The Beaba Babycook ($150) does it all! This unique appliance isn't just a food processor, it functions as a steamer, blender, warmer, and defroster to prepare fresh, healthy meals for baby.
Which do you prefer?
Between the baby wipes, toys, change of clothes, and actual diapers in mama's diaper bag, it's a wonder the tote can even be lifted off the ground. Once lil ones are ready for solid food, add some jars or homemade purees to the bag and start treating it as an exercise tool.
NuturMe ($9 for a pack of eight) is designed to lighten mom's load while still providing tots with organic, gluten-free baby food. The company's pouches of dehydrated baby food are designed to be mixed with water, breast milk, or formula to create tasty purees for lil tykes. Weighing little more than a feather, the recyclable packs can be stashed away in diaper bags, airline carry-on bags, or even left in the car for emergencies. What do you think? Would you try dried baby food?
Homemade baby food is convenient, inexpensive (especially if your baby is accustomed to eating Tyler Florence's gourmet baby food!), and packs lots of health benefits for your babe by using fresh nutrient-filled ingredients. Most LilSugar mamas say they make their lil one's food themselves, so what's your technique for steaming and pureeing? If you're ready to make the leap to homemade baby food, I've rounded up some gadgets that will make the transition that much easier for you.
And once you get the hang of it, here are some simple homemade baby food recipes to expand your recipe book!
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