Posted on Aug 11, 2010 | Comments 0
Good eating habits begin during one’s childhood, especially if a baby is able to appreciate the importance of food. From infanthood onwards, baby food is a crucial element of their growth and development.
Apart from the many varieties available, making baby food at home is easy and will save you money. This way you can also guarantee that the food you are feeding is safe and healthy, as you made it from your very own hands.
By making baby food, you can learn how to integrate important nutrients with delicious ingredients to make feeding[baby feeding] time fun for both you and your baby.
If you don’t know how to start making baby food, here are the top 5 ingredients:
- Apples are a popular ingredient in making baby food. As it is loaded with vitamins and nutrients, you’d want your child to love apples at an early age. You can incorporate apples into other recipes as well as use it as a snack by mashing a peeled apple, adding some water, and putting it in the microwave.
- Avocadoes are beneficial to an infant’s brain as well as physical development, making it another top ingredient for making baby food. It’s great as one of your baby’s first foods, which you can mix with yogurt, bananas, and pears, which will have a delicious taste when combined to a creamy sauce.
- Pumpkins are high in fiber, low in calories, and have rich nutritional content. It’s a delicious ingredient for making baby food, and can be added to cereal or served in pureed form. If your baby is old enough to consume solids, you can also introduce pumpkin to add some flavor to meat and chicken dishes. Making baby food can be especially fun when introducing spices, and cinnamon is a great spice to add to pumpkin and let your child learn about the world of spices.
- Sweet potatoes are delicious and healthy for your baby, and are easy to add on when making baby food for your child. There are a variety of ways to cook sweet potatoes to make it appetizing for your baby, such as baking them to bring out its sweet flavor. Boiling and steaming them are also good for retaining their nutritional content, and they are soft enough to begin feeding once your child can take some solid food.
- Lastly, carrot food is another essential ingredient when making baby food. It’s a known good source of beta-carotene, which is crucial for good eyesight. However with carrots, it is better and safer to serve them slightly cooked, which you can then turn into a puree with a blender because your baby may choke on small carrot bits if served in bits.
- Making baby food and enjoying them should serve as fun bonding moments between mother and child. Over time you will learn which foods your child enjoys and be able to adapt to them. With a little research, making baby food will be a piece of cake.
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