Easy DIY Baby Food

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Super Easy + Healthy DIY Baby Food

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I created these easy DIY baby foods originally because two of my children deal with eczema pretty bad, on their arms and on the backs of their legs. The only product I have found that works, outside of their diets, is I love creating organic, whole food meals for them”

I’ve been DIY-ing my littles baby food for a while now. I noticed if they had too much sugar that day, mainly hidden sugars and yucky preservatives, that they would have a flare up. So I cut back on their “carby” meals, religiously used Tubby Todd, started shopping at Whole Foods, and it started getting better. From there we started eating whole foods more regularly and trying to cut out refined sugars. There is so much sugar hidden in so many things.

Sugar & The Many Names It Goes By

Always check the labels for words ending in “ose,” like dextrose, glucose, lactose, maltose, and sucrose. All of these are just another way of saying sugar. But don’t reach for the sugar-free products either. This is just a loop hole companies use to sell a product! They sometimes replace it with artificial sweeteners or concentrated juices, which is sugar. Even Campbell’s soup has 15g of sugar and 55g of carbs, which also turns to sugar. I was so frustrated to find that everything we ate basically had sugars in it and realized we had to start being mindful of what we bought. Now we try to make everything from scratch. Don’t worry though, these baby food recipes won’t take forever to make and are great, healthy starter foods for your babes!

Here are a few ways I DIY spices for my youngest kiddo’s baby food!

  • Ginger. I usually put ginger in her carrots. I put the steamed carrots in my food processor, or blender, (I use this ONE) and add a few sprinkles of the ginger. Super quick and delicious. You can also add in organic unsweetened applesauce to all of these. I make about 4-6 oz per meal, which is about 1/2 cup of carrots, sliced or shredded, and a pinch or two of ginger. If I double it, I freeze it for another day.
  • Basil. Broccoli and avocados mix well with basil and create an iron-rich and healthy fat first meal! You can also sub the avocado for spinach. My little loves it both ways. I steam 1/2 c. of broccoli, 1/4 of a whole avocado, and one fresh basil leaf. (1/4 cup of spinach)
  • Cinnamon. 1/2 to 1 whole medium Banana, 1/4 cup of coconut milk (unsweetened, no sugar added) 1-2 tablespoons of organic rice or oats baby cereal, and a sprinkle of cinnamon make a great breakfast! Now that she is older, I add in some sliced bananas too or other fresh fruit I have on hand. *Add less or more rice or oats to thicken it to your desired texture.

If you don’t have any herbs or spices on hand these mix and match fruits and veggies also make great first foods! Just steam the veggies & throw them in the food processor! * I don’t use many berries because my kids were sensitive to them early on, like blueberries and strawberries. But they eventually outgrew that. So you can also add some berries in, according to your child’s needs!

-DIY Baby Food: The Perfect Pairs-

  • Avocado, broccoli, spinach, organic, unsweetened applesauce or regular apples diced.
  • Banana, avocado (It’s like guac for babies!)
  • Butternut squash, cherries, and if you have flax on hand, throw that in too!
  • Pumpkin & organic, unsweetened plain yogurt (cinnamon if you have it!)
  • Apples, green beans, broccoli
  • Banana, pear
  • Zucchini, apple, kiwi, (corn mixes well with this too)
  • Avocado, pear, apple, kiwi
  • Carrot, mango, apricot
  • Sweet potato, corn
  • Plum, banana, apples

“I failed as a mom”

I have to admit, I failed as a mom big time in the healthy department early on. Better late than never though, right? When I should have been training them to love the right foods, I was creating curiosity in the most unhealthy places. I didn’t cut out the ice cream rewards for their good grades or a special treat for showing good character though. We just have those treats way less often and opt for healthier options!

It took having my fourth baby to realize their diets had to change. Unfortunately, I did it the hard way. My kids diets consisted of frozen PB&J sandwiches, mac & cheese, grilled cheeses, spaghetti, pizza, the list goes on of high carb, high sugar meals, and hardly any proteins. Change doesn’t happen over night. So I slowly started adding in veggies at every meal, a lean protein like grilled chicken, and cooking less and less pastas. The looks they gave me when seeing “yucky, green” food on their plates hit me hard.

“It’s all my fault”

It’s my fault their palates aren’t used to fresh produce. I’m the reason they reach for the cookies over the fresh fruits and veggies in the fridge. But as their mom, it’s my job to teach them why we can’t eat those kinds of foods so much and why it’s important to learn to love healthy foods.

“You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously “

Give Yourself Time, Mama

It’s still a work in progress and they are just now warming up to veggies and lean meats. I give in every now and then and we get a pizza or ice cream, but not nearly as often as we used to. We try not to go out to eat much either. I also have a list of our “big kid” approved, healthy, quick dinners that we make now, HERE!

I hope you can start your babies on the right track with real foods and skip the mistakes I made. Introducing them to whole, healthy foods is the best thing we can do for them! If you find yourself in the same boat as me, it’s okay. You’re not a bad mom for giving them those frozen chicken nuggets or tv dinner! Just start by making small changes and go from there. Better late than never! XOXO, Mama Morse

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