Keeping Baby Healthy On the Go + 4 baby food recipes

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I think one thing that all mommy’s and daddy’s have in common is that we want our babies to be happy and healthy! And our babies being healthy is a key component to their happiness....and ours! It can sometimes be challenging to keep babies healthy on the go because lets face it, there are not many healthy on the go foods for babies! And I hope we all know that the FOOD we put into our bodies is the cornerstone for health. We are exactly what we eat because food provides us with the building blocks to our trillions of cells!

First of all, I believe the most important thing’s we can do to help develop a healthy palette for our little ones so they want to eat healthy foods is to provide them a variety of real wholesome foods. That means skipping the prepared baby foods whenever possible, including the organic ones. Surprised? Have you ever tried them?  I have and let me tell you it tastes nothing like actual food. How can we expect our kids to want to eat real foods when they were started on the processed stuff. Even worse is taste-less rice cereal that really has no nutritional value except for the added synthetic nutrients that are not very well absorbed anyways. You might as well give your baby a spoon full of sugar in place of rice cereal there is really no difference. Now if you have given your baby rice cereal or processed foods already, please do not stress. This post is just to inform you to help you or anyone you know (please share) to make more informed decisions moving forward. I am bursting at the seams with passion to show you how easy it is to make your own baby food with very little time, money or effort.

Here are some of my top reasons for skipping the store bought foods;

  1. Nutrients are lost during processing. In order to pass safety standards the food has to be cooked at extremely high temperature to kill all bacteria. Well, guess what?? It kills the good stuff to.
  2. More nutrients are lost over a long shelf life. Nutrients loose their potency the longer a food sits on the shelf. And who knows exactly how long the food has been on your shelf?
  3. All that packaging is not good for the environment. When you make your food at home you can use re-usable containers. Think of how much packaging you would go through in even a months time if you used store bought all of the time.
  4. Limited choices. You want your baby to try many foods to help develop a well rounded palate. There are so many beautiful whole foods that this world has to offer, why would you limit babies selection to maybe 10 various jarred foods.

Now I know what you are thinking! Maybe that is all good and fine when you are at home but you are a busy family and on the go all of the time! What can you feed your babies/young children on the go?? Well, there are lots of options! My 2 favourite travel foods are avocados and bananas. There is no cooking or sterilizing necessary. I would take one of each and mash them together for the fastest baby food on the plant! You can add your prepared baby food, throw in the freezer. Then before you go out, take the goodness out of the freezer. It will thaw while you run your errands and be ready to enjoy when you need it!

Have I overwhelmed you?? Trust me, there is no need to be! Preparing food can be way easier and more economical than you may think! You can make baby food in large batches and freeze (which preserves way more nutrition that jarring by the way)

My top ways to prepare baby food includes

  • Steaming (great way to preserve nutrients)
  • Roasting

Here are a few of my favourites recipes that require little time and even less effort!

 Roasted Pear Delight

  • 2 organic pears
  • pinch of nutmeg
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Roast pears in an oven safe dish for 20-25 minutes or until softened.
  3. TAke out of oven and let cool. Puree until smooth. Add a dash of nutmeg!
  4. This is so yummy even mommy and daddy will enjoy!

 Steamed Sweet Potato Pie!

  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 apple, pealed and chopped
  • 1 tbsp or so virgin coconut oil
  • dash of cinnamon
  1. Steam sweet potatoes and apples until softened. Let cool.
  2. Blend until smooth, add coconut oil and cinnamon!

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Sweet potato is still a favourite for my little lady. This was her first time enjoying them.

 Quick and Easy Beet Love

  • 2 beets
  1. Roast beets covered in a preheated oven at 350F for about 1 hour or until soften.
  2. Blend with some bone broth or breast milk/formula until desired consistency is reached.

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This is my daughter at about 7.5 months old after I let her explore beets. She had a blast but what a mess ;)

 Cumin Lentil Love

  • 1/2 cup of cooked red lentils
  • 2 tbsp of chopped fennel
  • 1 carrot grated
  • pinch of roasted cumin
  • Olive oil
  1. Sauté fennel and carrot over medium heat with olive oil until softened. Blend with cooked lentils and add cumin!

Here are my favourite products to keep baby healthy on the go

  1. Silicone Food Storage Containers (these were my favourites)
  2. Wean Green Glass Storage Containers
  3. Munchkin Silicone Love Spoons
  4. Kleen Kanteen Sippy Cup's

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My daughter loved her Munchkin Silicone Love Spoon, also worked as a great teether.

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