You care about the products your baby consumes, so what better way to ensure the health and the safety of your child than by making their food? This way you know exactly what is going into their diet, and it can also save you money on expensive organic baby food.
Organic baby food can be extremely pricey, but by purchasing organic fruits and vegetables to make your own food for your baby, you will get more for your money.
Here are some tips to help you make organic baby food on the cheap:
Buy Local and Organic
Obviously, if you intend to make organic food for your child, the first step is buying organic produce. But do you know exactly how many pesticides still reside on the fruits and veggies you are purchasing? To play it safe, your best bet is to shop local and invest in organic produce that is either 100% organic or as close to that as possible. If you grow your own fruits and veggies, this is a rare, but even better option. Keeping pesticides away from your baby is the goal, and buy shopping local or growing your own produce, you will save money and give back to the local economy, which is another great concept to support!
Buy Organic Fruits and Veggies for the Whole Family
Whether you want to keep your baby healthy, or you personally choose to eat an organic diet, buying fruits and veggies both you and your baby can enjoy can help you save money, and can also save you trips to the grocery store. This way you can puree up some nutrient-rich and delicious food for your baby, and also get to enjoy these same wholesome fruits and vegetables for yourself. Why not kill two birds with one stone by consolidating your grocery list?
Know What Foods to Try and Which to Avoid.
Wasting food is a waste of money, so make sure that your baby is getting the nutrients they need by making food they are sure to enjoy. This food comes from buying the most popular produce that goes into baby food. When shopping for these foods, try to invest in more yellow and orange colored fruits and vegetables, like bananas, squash, and carrots. These blander colored foods seem to be more favorable to babies, and they will be much more willing to try these.
While many green vegetables like spinach, and broccoli are packed with nutrients, the color seems to scare most tots and they are less likely to consume these foods. Keep this thought in mind as you go grocery shopping.
While those veggies might be unfavorable to the baby’s tastes, there are certain foods that are unfavorable to the tot’s health and need to be avoided until they are at least a year in age. These foods include honey, eggs, dairy, strawberries, nuts, and tomatoes. Make sure you don’t add any of these items into your child’s food until they are old enough to eat it safely.
Master the Cooking Process
With little ones, it is expected that foods need to be broken down and blended for consumption. But do you know which foods need extra preparation before going into the food processor or blender? To make sure the food is cooked properly, tastes good, and blends easily, you may need to steam or microwave certain foods and then let them cool before putting them in the blender. This will ease the process, and optimize the taste of the food you are giving to your child.
With these tips, you can start a solid foundation to make your own baby food, and save money while ensuring a healthy diet for your little one.