Feb 202015
 

beet root baby food Why are beets a good idea to feed to baby

Beets are so darn healthy for baby (and you too!) because they contain calcium, potassium, vitamin C, and high fiber. With such a great nutritional report card, I know you are excited to get started feeding beets to your baby. Cooked beets can be fed to baby from 9 months old. A beet is a root vegetable and as such, nitrates are an issue. Babies who are under the age of 6 months old have not developed the stomach acids necessary to fight beet nitrates. Since I do not recommend feeding cooked beets to your baby until the age of 9 months your baby will be safe from nitrates.

How to prepare beet baby food

Beets can be baked, boiled, or steamed and then peeled and pureed. Note that you need a little time on your hands to cook beets:

Steam: Wonderful for holding in nutrients but you need the time, it takes about 60 minutes!

Boil: Simmer whole beets for two hours. Peels will easily come off and juices will be better retained in whole beets.

Bake: Wash thoroughly, place on a baking sheet and bake at 400°F for 90 minutes to two hours—the larger the beets, the longer the baking time.

Peel and purée: After cooking beets, remove stems. If you wish, slip off peels under cold running water before puréeing.  Pureed beets will keep in the fridge for 3 days.

Mix: some great foods to mix with pureed beets: sweet potato puree, applesauce, and yogurt!

Freezing: Use the Baby Food Cube Method or Tray-Freeze Method, and keep for up to 2 months. Remember to store in a stainless steel ice cube tray and then store in a organic waxed paper lined plastic freezer bag.

Storing for later use: Immediately remove the greens so that they do not pull moisture from the root. Leave an inch or two of stem on the root, or it will bleed during cooking. Store beets in the refrigerator wrapped in organic, bleach-free wax paper and then in a plastic bag for up to 10 days.

Beet Baby Food Fun Facts:

Leafy green beet tops are edible

Lemon can help remove beet juice stains from your fingers while preparing cooked beets

Beets in your diet can: prevent cancer, boost your immune system, and reduce blood pressure later in life

Beets may put your baby in a good mood…a substance fond in beets, betaine, may relax the mind thereby improving your mood.

In a pinch, canned beets have lots of nutrition too…not as much as you would preserve making them yourself but enough to make it worth your while.

Gross but interesting fact: beets are a good indicator of the time it takes food to pass through your baby…let’s put it this way…you can’t mistake it!

Jan 232015
 

Kale is a great choice for baby food, starting at 9 months old

Kale is a super duper green and a great food to your feed your baby at 8 months and older.  When you see this great big bunch of kale in the grocery store, though, the thought of preparing it might might seem a little overwhelming.  Do not fret.

Kale Baby Food Puree How-to Video

This quick video shows an easy way to prepare kale baby food puree. Remember to mix the pureed kale with a fruit, such as a banana, or yogurt in order to cut the strong flavor.

If you have discovered any tricks to preparing kale baby puree, please share it!

Dec 052014
 

Brown Rice Cereal baby food by Ruth Yaron from Super Baby Food – Super Porridge

Enjoy this quick how to video (at the link) on how to prepare Ruth’s famous Super Porridge baby food made with brown rice featured in Super Baby Food.  We featured this video on our Instagram account.

Super Baby Food Brown Rice Super Porridge

Super Porridge is a mainstay of the Super Baby Food diet!  Do not let the name confuse you.  I am simply talking about baby cereal…a first solid food for your baby…the kind that is generally called “rice cereal” and comes in a box wrapped in cellophane at the grocery store.  What Super Baby Food teaches is to forgo the box at grocery store and purchase the grains from scratch (oat groats, brown rice, quinoa, millet, etc), ground the grains to a powder and place the powder in boiling water to make your very own, nutritionally superior baby cereal!

Super Porridge is easy to make, full of organic, superior nutrition AND money-saving.  What’s more, the porridge is flexible so that it can be part of a toddler diet, a young person’s diet, and even Mom and Dad’s diet.

Super Porridge is made from whole grains, shown here as brown rice super porridge.  Brown Rice Super Porridge is super easy to make.    As your baby grows,  just a few tweaks to consistency and ingredients can provide the flexibility to keep your baby satisfied and growing.

Super Baby Food Fan Tips For Preparing Super Porridge

Our fans have offered their own tips for successful super porridge preparation:

  • Blenders that work well to grind those grains: Oster, baby bullet, magic bullet, coffee grinder
  • Grind for the full two minutes, even if sounds horrendous…be patient
  • Cook the grins first, and then puree!
Please share your own tips for preparing Super Porridge.

 

 

Apr 152014
 

beet root baby foodBeet Baby Food

Purple beets have such a lovely spring color.  I thought it would be nice to do an informative post on beet baby food – How to select the beets, how to prepare them, how to store them and why they are so gosh darn good for your baby.

How old to feed baby beets and why are beets so good for baby

The prevailing wisdom tell us baby must be 8- 10 months months old to eat cooked beats.  I say keep it safe and use the nine month mark as your guide.  Raw and grated beets, a bit more rare to feed baby, is for the 10-11 month old. Although beets are not one of EWG’s dirty dozen, there is a nitrate issue with beets.  By 9 month’s old however, that nitrate  risk is no longer an issue.  Beets are so darn healthy for baby (and you too!) because they contain calcium, potassium, Vitamin A and high fiber.  With such a great nutrition report card, I know you are excited to get started feeding beets to your baby.

The ins and outs of feeding your baby beets

Grated beets can be fed to your baby raw. Cooked beets are tasty and very colorful. They can be used as a decorative touch or even a food coloring in baby’s food. Beets do stain, so use a good bib when feeding your baby beets. Beet stains are impossible to get out of cloth, plastic surfaces and wood. Stool alert: Be aware that several hours after your baby eats beets, her stool will be quite red in color.

Choosing and Storing Beets 

Equivalents: 6 medium beets = 1 pound = 2 cups sliced.

In season: Available year round; peak June through October.

Choosing: Beets are sold with or without their green tops. The tops, called “beet greens,” should be fresh-looking, thin-ribbed, and deep green, with no brown or red edges, and with no trace of slime. If they are a little wilted, the flavor of the red root should not be affected because the greens rapidly deteriorate while the root remains good. Beet greens are edible.

Beets without their greens should have at least 1⁄2 inch of stem left on top and their bottom roots should be at least two inches long. The bulbous root should have a lush, deep red color and smooth, firm skin with no cuts or soft spots. Roots should have no scaly areas or circles on the top and they should be a nice round shape, not elongated.

Buy small to medium-sized beets, as large beets tend to be tough with inedible, woody cores.

Storing: As with other root vegetables, immediately remove the greens so that they do not pull moisture from the root. Leave an inch or two of stem on the root, or it will bleed during cooking. Store beets in the refrigerator wrapped in organic, bleach-free wax paper and then in a plastic bag for up to 10 days.

Preparing and cooking beets for baby food preparation

Preparation for cooking: Scrub well under cold-running water.

Steam: Wonderful for holding in nutrients but you need the time, it takes about 60 minutes!

Boil: Simmer whole beets for two hours. Peels will easily come off and juices will be better retained in whole beets.

Bake: Wash thoroughly, place on a baking sheet and bake at 400°F for 90 minutes to two hours—the larger the beets, the longer the baking time.

Peel and purée: After cooking beets, remove stems. If you wish, slip off peels under cold running water before puréeing.

Freezing: Use the Baby Food Cube Method or Tray-Freeze Method, and keep for up to 2 months.  Remember to store in a stainless steel ice cube tray and then store in a organic waxed paper lined plastic freezer bag.

For even more information, take a peek at Super Baby Food, 3rd edition. It includes a complete alphabetical list of fruits and vegetables with same information included as shown above!

 

Dec 042013
 

Spirulina Powder

Spirulina is a nutritional enhancer that can be added to baby food (and adult food) and adds super nutrition to any meal. It is a blue green algae that springs from warm, fresh water bodies. This sounds exotic, but was is really exotic is what it can do for your baby and for you! Spirulina is a terrific source of protein, reinforces the immune system, protects folks from cancer, contains GLA, an essential fatty acid that is found only in mother’s milk and is a fabulous source of vitamin B and B complex to boot.

It is very easy to add spirulina to baby food and adult meals, simply sprinkle into your recipe and let the nutritional benefits abound.  For baby, at about 6 months (ask your pediatrician, of course), start with just 1/4-1/2 teaspoon stirred into pureed foods, cereal and/or smoothies! For adults, try 1 to 2 teaspoons a day.  Spirulina powder, like as found at GNC (Spiru-Tein) is also a popular way for adults to add spirulina to their diets!  Just add one scoop and you are ready to go.

As if the nutritional benefits were not enough to get you excited about adding spirulina to your diet, I found an article by terranut.com that extols the following benefits of Spirulina, you can read the entire article at the link.

Terranut tells us that spirulina benefits include:

1 Cleansing: Spirulina promotes the body natural cleansing processes. You feel fitter, more cheerful, and you have more energy.

2. Restoring: Spirulina compensates for deficiencies in the diet and stimulates the metabolism. Your physical condition improves noticeably and you recover faster after exertion.

3. Fortifying: Spirulina boosts resistance and activates the body natural defense mechanisms. You feel stronger and are better able to cope with the pressures of everyday life.

Because of its cleansing, restoring and fortifying functions, Spirulina has a wide range of applications. It gives you new energy without taking pep-ups and makes you more alert and stable.

I know you are excited now!  Who does not want to feel peppy and more alert and stable.

To feed spirulina to baby try combining:

1/4 Cup applesauce

1/2 tsp spirulina

1/2 mashed avocado

As you can guess by the above example, the possibilities for baby food recipes using spirulina are endless.  Mamanatural.com posts a fantastic recipe for a tropical spirulina smoothie that she swears her picky baby loves! If you would like more example of adult spirulina recipes, I found a post by naturalhealthychoices.weebly.com that lists several great ones including Spirulina Salsa, Guacamole, and Vegetable spirulina Stir Fry.

Have you discovered any great spirulina baby food recipes?  Share them!

 

 

Nov 292011
 

Ruth Yaron’s appearance on the Martha Stewart Show, as we have been proudly mentioning, was aired Monday, at 10 am and 2pm on the Hallmark Channel.

Martha introduced Ruth and prepared a recipe for baby “pink applesauce” that is now featured on her website.  We thought it would be fun to ask Ruth a couple of questions about her visit with Martha.  Her answers may surprise you. The answers are also a great conversation starter for those holiday dinners when you need something witty to contribute to the conversation.

You can visit the Martha Stewart Website for more information on the episode that featured Super Baby Food here.

Question for Ruth:

Can you tell us one thing about Martha Stewart that you didn’t know before you met her?

Ruth says:

I never knew she was a professional model.  She has photos on the walls in the hallway behind the stage.  She is as beautiful in person as she is on TV and in the pictures of her in the media and in her books.  She is a natural beauty.

Question for Ruth:

What was your favorite part of meeting Martha Stewart?

Ruth says:

Meeting THE Martha Stewart.   I loved watching all the activity behind the scenes while the show was being taped.  Every one of her staff was professional, very kind, and organized and they all worked together perfectly, like a well-oiled machine.  They were all very capable and extremely efficient without rushing anyone, and they had a great sense of humor and an easiness about them.   They enjoyed me kidding around saying stuff like, “What do you say when you meet Martha Stewart?  ‘Hello, your majesty!’ with a curtsy? (which I did NOT say to her, by the way).”  It was really an all-around fabulous experience and I had fun being a part of it.

How is that for some Martha Stewart Trivia? Martha was, indeed, a model for Chanel. Check out this link which shows the proof!

Thanks to all the Super Baby Food fans who tuned into the show and told all their friends.  You are the best!

Oct 042011
 

When parents consider making their own baby food the first concern is invariably:  Is it safe to make my own baby food? Or said another way…Is commercial baby food better for my baby?  Let Super Baby Food dispel the myths.

Myth #1: Commercial baby food is superior to homemade baby food.

The food that you make at home from fresh, whole vegetables and fruits is nutritionally superior to any jarred commercial variety on your grocer’s shelf.  The cereals you can quickly and easily make at home from brown rice (and other whole grains) cannot be compared to the processed, refined white rice commercial baby cereals.

Myth #2: It takes too much time to make homemade baby food.

Making homemade baby food is easier than you think.   Check out WholeParenting.com’s pictures showing how simple it can be to make your own nutritionally superior baby food.

Myth #3: Homemade baby food may cause my baby to get sick or get food poisoning.

Some parents think that there is something magical that goes into the preparation of commercial baby food that can not be done at home, which somehow makes it the only food suitable and safe for their baby. Not so, baby food can be made easily, nutritionally, and safely at home.

Myth #4: The convenience of commerical baby food is worth the price.

Actually, making your own baby food is the cheaper alternative.  Check out this handy dandy chart prepared by WholesomeBabyFood.com to see the price per baby food manufacturer as compared to homemade baby food from your ice cube tray.  Homemade baby food is much cheaper!

Can you think of any other myths surrounding commercial baby food vs baby food made at home?  Share them with us so we can dispel more myths!

Aug 162011
 

Pureeing is all the rage and thank goodness.  With just a few tips under your belt, you can prepare your baby’s own food using organic, delicious vegetables and here’s the best part – you will know exactly what is in the food you give your baby!

Puree Basics

I will use the term “processor” to refer to your blender, your processor, your food mill, or whatever you’re using to puree.  To get the correct liquidy consistency necessary for beginner eaters, water must be added to the food mixture being processed.

Cook the vegetables

For most vegetables, use the water in which they were cooked, whether the water is from steaming, baking, or boiling.  This water containes valuable nutrients that have leached out of the vegetables during cooking.

Save the water

Pour the water from the cooking pot into a container with a spout so that it will be easy to pour into the processer.  I use a little glass measuring cup with a spout.

Puree Away!

Place chucks of cooked vegetables into the bowl of the processor so that it is almost full.  Make sure you leave some head room.  Add a tablespoon or two of the cooking water.  Cover, keep your hand on the lid, and start the processor.  Pour water very slowly throuugh the hole in the top of the processer until the food moves freely.  Use the least amount of water necessary to get the consistency you need for your baby’s age.  Use the Food Cube Freezing Method to store pureed baby food!  That’s it, you’ve done it!

For more tips on starting your baby on solids, try the Super Baby Food, iPhone App!