Healthiest Baby Food 101

Christine is back today and she's talking baby food. We get asked quite often for more baby food recipes. So, Christine is here to share her healthy and pretty gourmet {if I do say so myself} recipes with us...THANKS CHRISTINE!

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Have fun trying these recipes and experiment with the amounts of ingredients. If at first it seems that baby isn’t crazy about a new food, it might be texture instead of taste. I’ve found that adding just a tiny bit of organic cinnamon and organic vanilla bean goes a long way to improve the taste of new foods for baby. Cinnamon also helps with digestion!

Below is a list of combinations that I love to make for my little munchkin. They’re full of flavor and offer a palatable texture that is easy for baby to swallow if they’re yet to sprout teeth. Here’s the directions:

1. Choose a combination of ingredients

2. Wash produce and dry

3. To make:

  • steam veggies. A basket steamer or specialized stainless steel steamer pot is ideal because cooking time is very short ensuring nutrients are not lost in the cooking process. Save aside any water that remains.
  • peel skins from produce, setting aside.*
  • place all produce into a Vitamix (or heavy duty mixer), go through your variable speed slowly and then blend well on high for about 30 seconds to a minute.
  • If water remains, you’ll want to add into the Vitamix or blender slowly until desired texture is reached. Breast milk and formula can be used as a replacement for water.

The following recipes contain organic nut milks, vegetables, fruits, herbs, nuts and seeds. They are cow dairy-free and gluten-free.

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SAVORY

3 Sweet potatoes

½ avocado (does not need to be steamed)

3 sage leaves or ½ tsp sage powder

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp chia powder

RIOJA RISE

3 beets

2 sweet potatoes

½ cup cherries

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp hemp meal

dash or two cinnamon

1-3 tsp vanilla

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MILAN'S CURRENT FAVE BREAKFAST

3 sweet potatoes

1 rutabega

handful of tot soi

1 wedge of blood  orange (optional)

dash of cinnamon

1 egg yolk

1-2 tsp vanilla

¼ cup unsweetened organic almond milk

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GO GREENERY

5 handfuls of chopped kale

1 cup trimmed green bean

1 green apple

¼ cup basil

squeeze of lemon

BETA CAROTENE

(great for babies over one year old- make as a puree if baby is younger by reducing liquid)

1 cup pumpkin chopped, ½ cup if using pre-pureed

⅛ cup pineapple chunks

⅛ cup carrot chunks

dash of cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup unsweetened hemp or coconut milk

Remember:

  • organic produce, herbs, milks, nuts, eggs (well everything) for baby.
  • washed. Try a fruit andveggie wash to soak produce in at least five to ten minutes before using. I keep a produce scrubby brush for tougher skin like citrus.
  • wash the skin of all produce whether you intend to eat or use the skin. Skins can carry extremely unhealthy bacteria. When left unwashed, this bacteria can be easy to transfer to the parts of the produce you will be using.
  • suitable for babies and children ages six months and up. Because beets and some leafy greens contain nitrates, although naturally occurring, I suggest waiting until baby is seven to eight months to introduce. At that time, the digestive system will have matured to optimally metabolize these nitrates. If you choose to use these ingredients, be sure to use these produce items as fast as possible. If extra food remains, it’s best to freeze for storage as nitrate activity increases over time.
  • be sure to introduce foods one at a time before combining. This process is one of the easiest methods to spot an allergy early on.
  • waste not policy in our kitchen, so if I can use peels or skins in another dish I do. I often use skins and peels in my soup stock. The Vitamix does an excellent job decimating skins and peels so they’re easy to manage.
  • Never mix honey into baby food as it can cause botulism. If you’d like to flavor baby’s food, try cinnamon or vanilla.

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