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Homemade Baby Food is Our Favorite Health Hack

Homemade Baby Food is Our Favorite Health Hack

This week on the blog, Alex Turnbull, Jetson’s Family Nutritionist, is sharing here recipes and tips for healthy, simple baby food. 

Making homemade baby food for your little ones is always going to be the healthiest option. Oftentimes, jarred baby foods are heated under extreme temperatures to kill bacteria, which can also kill valuable nutrients you’re trying to feed them in the first place. Instead, homemade baby food allows you to use fresh ingredients, packed with the nutrients they need to stay healthy (bonus points for using seasonal ingredients!). When you make homemade baby food, you know that you’re giving your kids the freshest, most nutritious food – free of starches, sugars and thickeners. 

As Simple as it is Healthy

You might be saying, “Sure, this sounds great in theory, but I don’t have the time or money to spend making homemade baby food.” To that we say, “No, this isn’t another unattainable, expensive health fad that can’t last.” Making homemade baby food can be as simple as pureeing or blending the vegetables you’re already eating for lunch or dinner (you’re eating your vegetables right? Please say yes…).

We asked our family nutritionist, Alex Turnbull, to share some simple recipes and tips for homemade baby food that we guarantee won’t cause any extra fuss for them, or you. 

Alex’s Tips for Homemade Baby Food

Alex recommends doing the following to guarantee your recipes turn out flawless:

  • You can use frozen or fresh ingredients, but thaw if using frozen
  • Wash all fresh produce
  • Use a fork, potato masher, blender or food processor. Using a blender or food processor helps to give a more consistent and smooth texture.
  • Add water if necessary to help thin the puree  
  • Utilize breast milk or formula instead of water for an extra boost of calories and something familiar to your baby
  • Strain out any skins or seeds if necessary.
  • You can store in you fridge for up to three days, and your freezer for three months
  • Properly label all your foods with name and date
  • Avoid adding salt and sugar until your child reaches 12 months (or longer if possible)

Simple, Homemade Baby Food Recipes

No Cook Purees (perfect for adding Jettie):

Ingredients: (use any combination of these)

  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Peaches
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries

How To: 

  • Wash all fresh produce (or thaw if using frozen)
  • Mash with a fork, potato masher or food processor
  • Strain skins or seeds if necessary
  • Store in fridge up to three days or freezer for three months

Simple Ingredient Purees:

Black Bean Puree

Ingredients: 

  • 1 can low sodium or no salt added beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp lemon or lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • Water, breast milk or formula as needed

How To: 

  • Puree all ingredients in blender or food processor until desired consistency
  • Add more water, breast milk or formula as needed 
  • Store in fridge up to three days or freezer for three months  

Sweet Potato Puree

Ingredients: 

  • 2 Sweet potatoes, peeled and diced  
  • 1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil  
  • Water, breast milk or formula as needed
  • Optional: 1-2 tsp seasoning of choice: cinnamon, cumin, garlic

How To: 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  • Toss sweet potatoes in olive oil
  • Place on sheet pan and roast for 30 to 45 minutes or until fork tender
  • Let sweet potatoes cool and place in food processor and puree until desired consistency, adding water as needed to thin
  • Store in fridge up to three days or freezer for three months  

Easy enough right? You’ll be a pro in no time, and then you can create your own recipes using your kid’s favorite foods. We love taking the “choose your own adventure” route, anyways. 

In the meantime, try these recipes and let us know what you think (or… what you think your baby thinks).

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