Why We Love Making Baby Food (And You Should Too!)
There are plenty of organic options on the market for health conscious parents. However feeding baby can become overwhelming and can be accompanied with constant questions. Are you giving baby the best food possible? How can you give baby the most nutrients? Do you really know where the food you feed to baby comes from? These are may seem like complex questions, but they are important to be asking.
Being a parent is difficult enough. There is an enormous amount of information available on the topic of what and how to feed your baby. So why not make your life easier and eliminate the feeding queries all together? Making your own baby food is a perfect place to start. And it's really not as time consuming as you may think. It's simply a better, healthier and guaranteed 100% organic way to feed your baby.
A baby's growing body needs essential vitamins. And what they eat as they develop will affect various areas of their health for the rest of their life. What we eat as infants contributes to our long-term body weight and metabolism, as well as our overall immune system function and aging process. It's imperative to get the best possible food for your baby. And making their first solid foods yourself is truly a fun, rewarding and fiscal choice.
So where do you start? Our Grow.Bar is a honestly a great place. The system will eliminate (or shorten) your grocery runs. And it gives parents year round access to the best, most nutritious organic veggies for their family. The microgreens grown with the Grow.Bar & Seed Kits® contain up to 40 times more nutrients than mature plants (see our post Mighty Microgreens for more nutritional information) and are literally the best nutritional value you will find.
We suggest starting your homemade baby food journey with this applesauce recipe. It contains high levels of Vitamin C and fiber, is easy for beginners and pleasing to baby's young taste buds. And when combined with our Grow.Bar Pea Tendrils the sauce also provides Vitamin A (even more Vitamin C) and folic acid.
Pea Tendril Applesauce For Baby (Over 6 months)
- 2 organic red delicious or gala apples (less tart than granny smith or green apples)
- 1 ounce Grow.Bar pea tendrils (chopped,stems removed)
- Begin by washing and peeling the apples. Then cut the apples in half and remove the core.
- Slice the apples into small chunks (about 1 inch).
- Bring water to boil in medium saucepan. Once boiling, turn heat down slightly and let the bubbles soften. Place apple chunks in water and cook for about 10 minutes (Check the apples regularly while cooking. You do not want to overcook or the apples will lose some of their nutritional value).
- Once tender, drain and rinse the apples with cool water.
- Place the tender and cool apple chunks in a food processor or blender with the chopped pea tendrils and blend until smooth.
- Serve to baby!
This is a simple, quick and easy way to pack a nutritional punch into your baby's food. You can save the sauce for 3 days in the fridge or choose to make large batches and freeze for up to 3 months! Instead of spending an hour driving in traffic and navigating the store bought brands, schedule your life accordingly and use the time to make the healthiest food for your baby,
And our Grow.Bar pea tendrils are ready for harvest in just 9 days (each seed kit® yields about 8 oz). The best part is that you only need a small amount to give your baby's food big nutrition. Because these tiny greens are harvested at such a young age, they contain a higher concentration of the nutrients and vitamins they needed to grow. These are the same vitamins and nutrients that are best to help your baby grow.
Another quick and easy way to create baby food at home is with smoothies. Baby won't be drinking an adult size glass. However, you can knock out two birds with one stone. Next time you create a smoothie for yourself just add a little extra to give to baby. No more time needed and likely money saved. There are plenty of great recipes out there. all of which may incorporate some of our Grow.Bar microgreens. Check out this banana and kale combination. It's one of our favorites.
Banana Kale Smoothie For Baby (6-8 months):
- 2 organic bananas
- 1 organic red delicious or gala apple
- 4 tablespoons of organic Grow.Bar kale puree***
- 1 and a half cups of water
*** first you need to make the kale puree. This is a simple task that involves washing the kale, removing the stems and then cooking the leaves in boiling water for a few minutes (no more than 5). Use the remaining liquid to puree the kale in a food processor or blender. Let cool before using in smoothie.
- Peel your apple and remove the core. Cut the apple in half and add both pieces to a blender or food processor.
- Add the bananas (peeled), water and 4 tablespoons of (cooled) kale puree.
- Blend until smooth and enjoy! (this recipe should make enough for a large smoothie and about 2 servings more for baby, depending on size, age and eating habits).
Making your baby's food does not have to mean spending hours every day cooking and blending. You don't have to live in the kitchen to accomplish your baby feeding goals. We promise. You can easily work the process into your current kitchen time with practice. And it's worth it. You and your family deserve only the best nature can provide. And our Grow.Bar mission is to bring organic eating opportunities into everyone's home.
Most homemade baby purees and smoothies can be stored frozen for up to months as well (like the applesauce). How awesome is that? Carrot, squash, beet and sweet potato purees are additional ideas for parents beginning to introduce solid foods to their baby. And all of these foods can be made in large batches to help busy parents better organize their weekly diets.
Try blending in any of our Grow.Bar microgreens to your next baby puree and discover what they like best. Forming a healthy lifestyle and eating choices starts at home. And it should start as early as possible. We believe making food at home, even for the youngest members of your family, will lead to the healthiest and happiest life possible.