Store Bought or Homemade: Organic Baby Food is Easy and Affordable
With more and more people opting for organic produce and other products, we naturally want to feed our babies the best food possible. Fortunately, the choices continue to grow in the area of organic baby food. Whether you buy fresh organic food, puree and freeze it, go for the ready-to-eat kind, or a little of both, feeding your baby organic is quite easy and even affordable these days.
Homemade Organic Baby Food
Making your baby’s food takes a little more time, but the benefits are worth it. Grab a book like Super Baby Food by Ruth Haron or The Vegetarian Mother and Baby Book by Rose Elliot, both of which give recipes for highly nutritious food that can be made simply by mashing, using a baby food grinder or food processor. I recommend starting out with making basics like brown rice cereal and freezing it with the food cube method, mashing bananas into yogurt, and even oatmeal with a little wheat germ thrown in. These are all whole and unprocessed and as easy as opening a jar.
When you get the hang of the food cubes with the rice cereal, venture into pureeing and freezing things like sweet potatoes, squash, broccoli and carrots. Then you’ll be able to grab one or two cubes, heat them, and using a baby food grinder (most sell for under $15) for some chicken or turkey mixed with cereal, have a complete meal! As Haron suggests, use the brown rice cereal as a staple, and throw in a little pre-made organic foods with it whenever you’re short on time.
Organic Baby Food Off the Shelf
There are virtually dozens of brands out there with the certified organic label.
- Happy Baby offers frozen and meals in the dry-goods sections, and are mostly available at natural food stores.
- Earth’s Best has the conventional jarred food plus other dry-goods products like cereal bars and cookies. My kids love the Sesame Street line. Walmart and Target carry this affordable brand. They also offer a great instant brown rice cereal.
- Plum Organics and Tastybaby offer frozen meals, and can be found at natural foods stores.
- Homemade Baby is a refrigerated line, sold in natural food stores..
- Gerber Organics offers basically most of the things their original line offer, with the organic seal, and can be found in most grocery stores.
If you’d rather have the food shipped to your door, try these
- Baby Cubes is pureed, preservative-free, totally organic fruits and vegetables
- Yummy Spoonfuls offer pureed, non-heat-treated foods in 3 stages, and come in 4 oz. Portions, shipped in boxes of 12.
Going organic for your baby really isn’t rocket science, and it makes sense that your baby will thrive better on whole, unprocessed foods. Since we know that in only a few short years, we’ll be able to make fewer and fewer choices for them, we might as well start them off the best we can.
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