Baby Food Workshop

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Baby Food: Made at Home, Made Simple.:

Baby Food: Made at Home, Made Simple.

What's This Workshop All About?!:

What's This Workshop All About?! Resources Child Nutrition First Foods Helpful Equipment Tips and Tricks Preparation and Storage Methods of freezing and thawing


Resources Super Baby Food , by Ruth Yaron Deceptively Delicious , by Jessica Seinfeld Jamie Oliver , Annabel Karmel , Websites:

First Steps for Baby Food:

First Steps for Baby Food Pick foods based off of your babies age Prepare Foods Steaming Boiling Microwaving Baking Puree Produce **Always remember to wash your hands, your utensils, and produce before doing any cooking!

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Ruth Yaron, Super Baby Food

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Whole Grains Oatmeal/Whole grain cereals Whole grain flour Whole grain bread Whole grain pasta Wheat germ Cheerios Whole grain muffins, crackers, bread sticks Legumes Tofu Soybeans Other beans Lentils Split peas Soybean milk Peanuts Nuts & Seeds Ground flax seeds Ground seeds Ground nuts Tahini Other seed butters Peanut butter, other nut butters Nut/seed milks Sunflower seed sprouts/other sprouts Super Green Veggies Kale Broccoli Greens (beet, turnip) Brussels Sprouts Asparagus Swiss Chard Okra Peas Spinach Vitamin C Veg/Fruits Oranges, other citrus fruit Kiwi Fruit Papaya Tomatoes Cantaloupe Strawberries Brussels Sprouts Broccoli Sweet green peppers Vitamin A Veg/Fruits Sweet potatoes Carrots Pumpkin Kale Cantaloupe Peaches, nectarines Apricots Winter squash Mango Spinach Other Fruits/Veggies Avocado, bananas Apples, pears, plums pineapple, berries, honeydew, watermelon, green beans cabbage, cauliflower, beets turnips, potatoes, tomatoes/sauce Dairy Cow's milk, whole or 2% Yogurt, whole milk Soy milk, fortified Cottage Cheese Natural Cheese Healthy Extras Brewer's yeast Flaxseed oil Wheat germ Ground nuts/seeds Powdered Kelp Blackstrap molasses

More First Food Ideas:

More First Food Ideas Best First Fruits: Apple Pear Banana Papaya Best First Vegetables: Carrot Potato Sweet Potato Parsnip Pumpkin Butternut Squash

Helpful Equipment:

Helpful Equipment Steamer, microwave, oven or a boiling pot of water depending on the food Ice cube trays (you can save on foil if you buy the trays with lids) Food containers Blender/ food processor/ magic bullet Ziploc bags Silicone muffin cups

Tips & Tricks to Puree :

Tips & Tricks to Puree The food consistency you are trying to achieve will be dependent upon your child and their age. The more water you add, the thinner the consistency. You will add less water if you want the puree to be thicker. You can create a smooth puree consistency the longer you blend the food. Once your child gets a little older, you can blend a little less to create a more chunky consistency. Pour your puree into your ice cube trays, freeze overnight, & then put your cubes into freezer safe Ziploc bags! Label your bags with the name of the fruit or veggie and the expiration date. Can be stored in freezer for up to 8 weeks. Each cube is considered one serving.

DIY Baby Cereal:

DIY Baby Cereal Brown Rice: Measure a cup of water on the stove to boil While the water is heating up, grind ¼ cup of brown rice until it is a powder (we have found the magic bullet grinds perfectly!) Once your pot is boiling, turn the heat down to the lowest setting Sprinkle the powder into the pot while stirring briskly with your whisk Cover the pot and cook on low for 10 minutes This will make a little more than 1 cup. This can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days You can also do this with millet (3tbs), barley (1/4 cup), oatmeal (1/4 cup). Cook as directed above!

Make Your Own Yogurt:

Make Your Own Yogurt Making your own yogurt is so easy and very cost effective. It is much healthier and cheaper to DIY! Check out our post on DIY Yogurt for step by step instructions!

Prep and Storage:

Prep and Storage Batch and Freeze ! Make double or triple of you fav. healthy recipe and freeze your leftovers (check out Super Baby Food for recipes) You can use muffin tins for casseroles and then freeze in individual portions Use the silicone muffin cups for portions, freeze overnight, peel away the muffin cup and put all servings in a ziploc and keep frozen until ready to use Thawing Take out your frozen portion the night before and let thaw overnight so it will be ready for the next day (use within 24 hours) You can thaw in the microwave, but you can lose some of the nutritional value

More Tips & Tricks:

More Tips & Tricks Take the food cubes you will need for the next day out the night before and they will be thawed by the time you are ready to use them! Need food now? Take your fresh fruit, peel, core and mash! Add tofu to anything to add some protein to the meal! You can freeze tofu in ice cube trays. Once you puree it, you pour it into the trays filling them half way, cover with water and freeze! Mix into yogurt: Veggie or fruit cubes Tofu cubes or fresh tofu Healthy Extras- use dependent on age appropriateness (see below) Hummus Healthy Extras : Brewer’s Yeast Wheat Germ Tofu Ground Nuts Nut Butters Ground Seeds Tahini & other Seed Butters Instant Non Fat Dry Milk Blackstrap Molasses

In Conclusion:

In Conclusion We are just two moms, trying to feed our kids a well balanced, nutritional diet. We don't have all the answers, but hope that the things we have learned so far will help you! Questions? Check out our website for more info. Don't hesitate to email us with any questions or comments:

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