Why You Should Make Your Own Organic Baby Food
This post written by Full Circle Recruiter – Jennifer Bollacker
It’s Sunday afternoon and while I could certainly use a nap, instead I’m making baby food. The little man finally fell asleep, and I find myself pulling organic peas out of the freezer, chopping organic yams, boiling quinoa; all delivered to my doorstep from Full Circle. I feel so blessed. Since I have the choice to try and make a difference in the way my son eats food, I am going to pack this kid full of fruits and vegetables (and have been doing so since before he was born).
Granted, I can buy fairly good organic baby food at about a buck per jar, and if you consider the time involved, it’s not all about saving money by cooking in bulk; I like doing it. Here are a few reasons why –
- I can recycle the jars and leave less of a carbon footprint in the process
- I enjoy having control over the freshness and quality, which is what I wanted for him from the very first time he tasted solid food.
- His palate is now far broader than the simple fruit mashes available at the local grocery store.
Variety is King
He likes most everything he’s tried, particularly fruits and orange vegetables like carrots and squash. He loves pears, apples, bananas, raspberries, strawberries, peaches, and mangos. He thinks avocados and yams are divine. He is willing to give sweet green peas and lentils a fair shot. I was hopeful that my little boy would have the same love of green beans that I have, that my mom passed down to me. But to my dismay, he was not so taken with green beans the first time around.
Go Organic for Taste & Health
For the sake of convenience, his first bite of green beans was from a jar. He was not too thrilled. In fact, he cried. He kept taking bites, my little trooper, but he was not happy with the product. That’s when I had a marvelous idea. I ran back to my computer and logged onto FullCircle.com. I found organic green beans in the green grocer and added them to my cart.
The beans arrived on my doorstep several days later. I steamed up the organic green beans and pureed them in our Cuisinart. Baby tried a whopping spoonful, and to my delight, I was met with a little open mouth requesting, “more.” The writing was on the wall: Full Circle organic green beans are yummy.
Incidentally, the baby recently choked down a jarred version of Spinach, so we’ll be trying out the Full Circle Farm’s local spinach coming in next week’s order. To keep things interesting, as I find so essential when cooking, I may mix in some quinoa, blended smooth to a consistency that the baby adores; and perhaps pair it with some roasted yellow crookneck squash. With a finale of sweet nectarines for dessert, I can rest assured that my kiddo is well fed, content, and obtaining all necessary nutrients to continue his stellar fitness trajectory.
Make it Ahead and Freeze the Extra!
I freeze most of it, but we have absolutely no trouble getting through that back stock every week, due to our growing little bundle of joy who adores a cornucopia of fruits, veggies, and grains that tickle the palate and make one cry out for, “More please!” It has become apparent that we have reached a plateau and it is time for us to move on to proteins.
If anyone out there knows any good organic fish, chicken, or egg recipes that are baby friendly, feel free to leave a link in the comments below or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org with “baby food” in the title. After that, it’s time to see if the love of broccoli is genetic. It looks like my option this week is Broccolini, which may be just the perfect addition to our baby’s growing arsenal of vegetable favorites.