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Making your own Healthy Baby Food
|February 20, 2013|
MAKING YOUR OWN HEALTHY BABY FOOD
As a Naturopathic Physician in Portland, Oregon and a Mom of 2 little boys I always strive to make sure my children get the best nutrition possible from food. Healthy Baby Food is so easy to make (and fun) and the nutrient content in fresh baby food compared with that of the store bought kind is over the top. Once a food has been processed and put into a package to sit on a store shelf† for a while ... it has lost a great deal of its nutrient content as well as it's "vital force." Every now and then, I will grab an organic package of baby food if I am in an absolute pinch ... we all do the best that we can. It is great if you need it. I am just an advocate of making fresh food for your children as often as you can. Our HCG Weight Loss patients who have young ones at home have been asking me to write a post that gives them a quick and simple guideline to make some healthy, nourishing baby food for their littles.
Where to Begin in making Healthy Baby FoodWash, Peel and Chop any variety of organic carrot, squash, cauliflower, beet or broccoli (and the list goes on) in a a large pot with 3-4 cups of chicken stock (I like to make my own chicken stock too). I usually will add a clove of garlic finely chopped, a sliver of ginger grated and a pinch of sea salt. Bring the chicken stock/veggie combo to a boil and then let simmer covered for about 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are very soft. This is the base of your healthy baby food! If your baby has a palate for just vegetables you can puree this in a blender and voila you have an amazing dish for your baby. Most babies will like a bit of sweetness in there. I recommend steaming an apple or a banana and adding this to the vegetables as they puree in the blender. If you have any young coconuts around, a nice dollup of coconut meat will lend some healthy fats and nutrients into your dish. A bit of olive oil is another way to add some healthy fat to this very healthy baby food! When finished you can place the food in small glass jars and store in fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to a month.
Why store healthy baby food in glass containers?Plastic containers have a tendency to leach chemicals into our food. This happens especially if the food has been heated. If you use plastic containers to store your healthy baby food then be sure that you cool it down first. Choose glass if you can and if not you can make the best plastic choice by reading the number on the bottom of the container. "4,5,1 and 2 ... all the rest are bad for you!" Visit www.naturalpathmed.com to learn more about our HCG Diet & Weight Loss Programs, Naturopathic Primary Care and Hormone Balancing Treatments.
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