Mar 312015
 

BabyMaking Sundays Writing about and teaching about baby food making is what we are all about.  As you know from our social media posts, I love sharing the great work that other people are doing in the baby food making world. I am happy, in fact, exuberant to share it all: recipes,  products,  tips,  books,  and websites that make baby food making easier, more productive and more tasty and nutritive, One site that is knocking it out of the park is Baby Prep Sundays. I found Baby Prep Sundays on our Instagram feed and I was amazed at the sheer volume of baby food preparation methods that were displayed in beautiful multi-color pictures.  When I visited the Baby Prep Sundays site, I was even more impressed. I decided we had to know more and the creator of BabyPrepSundays, Arianny Rodriguez, generously agreed to talk to us.  I hope that we asked the questions you would have asked and that you learn some helpful hints.

Arianny, thanks for talking with us today. We love your website. Any mom who shares ways to make feeding baby and toddlers easier is a hero to us!

Can you tell us why you got started with your site, BabyPrepSundays.com?

Aw, thanks – but I’m just a mom helping to encourage other moms to at least try making their own baby food. Actually, BabyPrepSundays started out only as a an instagram account. The website just came naturally a few months later. My friend is the mastermind behind the very successful Instagram account @mealprepmondays. This account is about how to prep your meals for the rest of the week so that it encourages people to eat healthier. I had been following him for years. Then one day last summer, I was at home making my daughter baby food which is what I do every Sunday. Out of nowhere I thought “other moms must be doing this today too!” I then posted my prep to my personal instagram account and tagged @mealprepmondays. I asked what he thought about “babyprepsundays” and he loved the idea! And here I am!


Many new moms are intimidated to make their own baby food. They feel that the baby food in jars on the grocery store shelves are better for their baby and that making their own baby food is too difficult. What would you say to those moms to encourage them to try to make their own baby food?

This is a great question. At least once a week I feature a prep from a real mom that l refer to as “Monster Preps”. This is usually over 100 ounces of food at a time. I do this to celebrate this wonderful accomplishment but I am always reminding moms that you don’t always have to make “Monster Preps”. Even I don’t always make them! It’s about doing what you can – a small prep – any prep is awesome! If that’s what feels right for a mom, then by all means, stick to your small preps. Once you get the hang of that, the rest will fall into place. Also, I think sometimes moms that are new to this imagine it to be a very complicated recipe. It’s the complete opposite of that. Combine any two veggies and or fruits, peel and steam them together, and puree. I bet you that most of the time it will taste amazing. No complicated ingredients, no spices – simple is key. When you use fresh, organic produce, it will be delicious!


What is the most important benefit from making your own baby food in your experience?

For sure the answer to this is that your baby is getting the best nutrients possible. Fresh, clean eating. You know exactly what’s in it. You can’t beat that! Then of course, there is the added benefit of it saving you so much money which all families can use.


What is your most helpful tip in making your own baby food in your experience?

Plan ahead! This is true for when an adult wants to eat healthier and this is true for meal prepping for babies as well. My husband does the food shopping every Saturday so every Friday night I’m planning on what meals I want to make my baby for the week ahead. Usually nothing fancy – pick 3 veggies and 3 fruits. Sometimes I don’t have a chance to make it all but at least I have the ingredients in the fridge for when I do have some time to slot in the cooking.


We see you have an ebook for sale on your site, a getting started guide. Can you tell us more about it?

Yes, it’s intended to be a quick start guide. The basics all rolled into a document that you can read on your mobile device when you have some time. It includes: Food chart by age, how to address food allergies, what equipment options you have, how to cook foods, guidelines for storing food, how to thaw the food and of course my favorite recipes! There are some great bonuses as well like how to plan your baby food prep party and some productivity tips for moms.


What were your babys’ favorite baby foods?

My 1 year old absolutely loves bananas. She eats one almost everyday and she’ll eat anything I make with it, like smoothies. My 4 year old loves rice & beans with ground beef.


What is your inspiration for new and exciting baby food ideas?
Usually it’s what’s in season. I had a great time this past fall making all things pumpkin!


Are there plans for a Baby Prep Sundays Cookbook and/or what is next for your site, BabyPrepSundays.com?

I would absolutely love to feature preps from real moms! I have a few there now but I’d love to really grow that page and show all the cool little tricks that even I’ve learned from moms like using press n’ seal plastic wrap to cover the ice trays. If you’d like to feature your baby prep, please do email me at babyprepsundays@gmail.com.

Thanks, Arianny, creator of BabyPrepMondays for sharing your ideas, tips, and help! 

You can find Arianny on her Website, Facebook Page, Instagram, and/or Pinterest account.

Mar 112012
 

On CBS’s Sunday morning this past week, Cindy Crawford was featured. We love Cindy Crawford and not just because she is a fan of Super Baby Food and appeared with Ruth Yaron on a segment of Good Morning America, but also because she’s a wonderful gal..smart, bright, caring, and a giver.

The recent piece on CBS’s Sunday Morning highlighted Cindy Crawford’s charity work in honor of her brother who died at a young age from Leukemia. She is genuinely beautiful on the inside and out.

We thought it would be appropriate to share the segment of Good Morning America where Cindy teaches Charlie Gibson, and of course, the audience, how to make our favorite, Super Porridge! Enjoy!

Jan 282012
 

Dr Greene.com recently asked Ruth to be a special guest perspectives blogger on their informational website.  Ruth was more than happy to provide 5 terrific blog posts sharing all kinds of great, detailed information on finger foods and tips for getting started with finger foods for babies and toddlers. In case you missed it, here is a description and a link to each fantastic blog post.

Finger Foods: What They Are And Why They Are Important To Your Baby’s Diet

Getting Started With Finger Foods

Finger Food Ideas For Baby and Toddler: Fruits, Whole Grains, and Vegetables

Baby and Toddler Finger Food Ideas Galore: Proteins, Dairy, Omega 3 Healthy Fats

Baby and Toddler Finger Food Ideas Galore: Seeds and Dips

Super Baby Food is happy to be a part of the Dr. Greene team! Be sure to check out some of the other terrific information on Dr. Greene’s website.

Jan 272012
 

Super Baby Food loves Dr. Greene. Below is a video which announces Dr. Greene’s White-out campaign.

To learn more about The White Out Campaign, you can visit Dr. Greene’s website: DrGreene.com.

Dec 132011
 

babies drinking waterHere’s a question from a Mom regarding Super Baby Porridge and other Super Baby Food Purees and getting the consistency just right.

Mom asks:

Does it really matter what you use to get your purees to the right consistency? My son is exclusively breastfed and I just about never pump, so it seems like such a pain to pump just to make his food. Is water perfectly fine. I have to give him water when he starts solids anyways right?

Ruth says:

Pure water is fine to puree with. Also, your baby should get used to drinking plain water, instead of sugary juices. Use only milk or water in his sippy cup or bottle.

Your quick Super Baby Food tip for the day.  Please feel free to add your own comments about what works for you.

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!

Sep 282011
 

A Fan of Super Baby Food took the time to write a nice note expressing the reasons she loves Super Baby Food.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.  Thank you, Dacia, for your permission to reprint your kind words.

I just want you to know what an immense impact your book has made on my life.  I’m a research nut & the book saved me a lot of time.  Not only useful information, but well organized, user friendly and all-encompassing for all viewpoints or opinions.  The second reason it has impacted me is the support it has given me in embarking on homemade food & fully immersed nutrition.  Our society has evolved into consumers and we’ve become much too separated from our children’s nutrition.  I wanted to breast feed very badly and when I decided to make my own super baby food, I discovered the uncanny parallels the two have as far as stigmas and barriers.  I found support for breast feeding and now I’ve found support for super baby food & beyond.  What I’ve learned will go far beyond my child’s nutrition and even past our own dinner plates.

A couple years ago, my brother had mentioned possibly making his own baby food.  My silent reaction was “you can’t do that, it’s not that simple, baby food is fortified…”  Then I had my son 6 months ago and made my research and decisions.  I went to Borders and piled up 20 books to sift through before choosing yours since it wasn’t all pictures and glossy pages – LOTS of info and that’s it.  Then I went to the family meet & greet for my son’s daycare enrollment & they stated they provide Gerber foods.  I asked if I could bring my own in.  They just about gasped and said, well maybe if you had a Doctor’s note…  Can you believe it!  I pushed and spoke to the Director and they agreed if I would label the ingredients.  THEN, the following week, the teachers all huddled around me and detained me for a half an hour inquiring excitedly about home made baby food.  They just couldn’t get over how wonderful it was all of a sudden.  I’m glad I turned them on to it and plan on buying his two teachers copies of your book for Christmas.

I apologize for the windy feedback, but I really thought you’d enjoy the story as well.  Thanks for your work and for your time!

Dacia Volz
Dunmore, PA

Can anyone provide more words of support for Dacia?  Has anyone run in to the kind of reaction Dacia did at her day care regarding baby food?  How did you handle it?

Jun 152011
 

grains-baby-foodOne of our fabulous Super Baby Food parents asked about saving time by grounding up the grains for Super Baby Porridge and Freezing for use later.  we thought it was such a great question that we would share Ruth’s answer.

Regarding the freezing of Ground grains for use later, Ruth says:

I’m not really sure how long (ground grains) will keep in the deep freeze after grinding.  I know that I put in my book, Super Baby Food, that they will keep for two months at refrigerator temperatures, so in the deep freeze, figure about six months or more.

Please note that in the next edition of my book (due out soon), also entitled Super Baby Food,  that I will be recommending that you do NOT grind in advance.  I will be recommending that you grind them immediately before cooking.  The reason for this is the fresher the grain and the more recently that it has been broken open by grinding, the more nutrients it has and the less nutrient loss to air, light, and heat.  So if you have a blender/grinder, I would suggest you use it daily.  If you do not have a blender/grinder and borrow someone else’s to do batch grinding, then it might be more convenient if you store in the fridge up to 2 months or in the deep freezer in good-quality freezer containers for about 6 months.

Thanks for writing!
🙂
Ruth

May 122011
 

Choosing, Picking, and Preparing Carrots to Feed your Baby

Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A that is not toxic, even in large doses.  Your baby should get a vitamin A veggie every day!  Here are some details for feeding you baby carrots:

Age: Baby must be at least 7 months old for cooked carrots, 10 months for finely grated raw carrots.

Choosing: Carrots should be firm, and not pale.  The smaller the carrot, the sweeter the carrot.

Storing: Carrots need cold temperature and high humidity.  Store in the refrigerator in plastic bag with holes.  When properly stored, carrots retain their nutrients for up to two weeks.

Preparation for cooking: Nutrients are most concentrated in the peels of carrots and just below.  You don’t have to peel or scrape young or small carrots if you give them a good scrubbing with a vegetable brush.  Older, bigger carrots are probably better peeled.

Steaming: Steam whole carrots 15 minutes, carrot slices about 10 minutes.

Baking: Large carrots can be baked in the oven.  Scrub them and leave whole and unpeeled. Bake at 350 for 30 to 40 minutes.

Freezing: Freeze pureed carrots using the food cube method for up to 2 months.

For tips on preparing and feeding more vegetables, check out Super Baby Food book or check right back here at the Super Baby Food Blog.

Apr 212011
 

In Part 1, we reviewed some baby first foods.  Here are some other great first food choices.

Mashed ripe banana is an excellent first food for baby.  Bananas are nutritious and very easy for your baby to digest.  Many other cultures use bananas exclusively as their first baby food.  Try to buy only organically-grown bananas.

Mashed, ripe avocado is also an excellent first food for baby.  Avocados are extremely nutritious and contains the fatty acids that your baby needs for brain development.

Cooked, mashed sweet potato is another favorite first food for babies who are at least 4 months old.  It, too, is highly nutritious and filled with beta carotene (vitamin A).

Yogurt is a good first baby food for babies who are at least 6 months old.  Whole milk yogurt, the plain variety, instead of low-fat yogurt, is recommended because your baby needs fats. Remember that yogurt, in the under 1 year old, should not be fed in place of breastmilk or formula, but may be fed as an additional first food.

For an informative video that describes baby’s first foods, check out the video starring Ruth Yaron and Cindy Crawford.

Stay tuned for more information to feed your baby right here at the Super Baby Food Blog.

Feb 172011
 

Moms who have already started feeding their baby commercial baby cereal wonder if they can convert their baby to eat Super Baby Porridge after discovering it’s benefits in Super Baby Food.  In a word…the answer is, “yes.”

Of course, it is best to start your baby out on Super Porridge from the very beginning.  But  for those babies who have already had the commercial and prefer it over homemade Super Porridge, try this:  Mix just a bit of  Super Porridge into foods that your baby loves, such as pureed veggies/fruits or mix a small amount into the commercial baby cereal.  Gradually increase the amount of Super Porridge until most or all of the food is Super Porridge.

Has anyone had success with a Super Baby Porridge switch?  Please share your success story with us.

Feb 142011
 

To grind whole grains into a powder for Super Porridge, you will find that most food processors just don’t “cut it” (pun intended).  A blender works much better, but still does leave large pieces in the grind.  There’s no need to worry about your baby eating these lumps, as they’ll just pass through her system.  The Tribest blender is a real work horse for grinding whole grains, flax seeds, and nuts.  I like the Tribest because you can wash its part in the dishwasher.  It’s important to clean out any grinder after you have ground grains, nuts, or seeds because their oils (wheat germ oil, almond oil, pumpkin seed oil, flax seed oil) start to become rancid when they are exposed to the air.

Many moms and dads find that a coffee grinder works well for grains. You can also use if for grinding pumpkin seeds and nuts, as long as the owner’s manual says that this will not ruin the grinder.  Of course, you can also use it to grind coffee!!  Again, be sure to wash out all the leftover oils.

Here’s another idea for making Super Porridge smoother:

For the rare parents who are into grinding their own fresh flour using a grain grinder, such as the Wondermill or Nutrimill, you’ve got it made in terms of a super smooth Super Porridge.  Grind your grains into flour and then cook the fllour by adding 1 part flour to 4-5 parts boiling water.  Turn heat to low and cook for 5-10 minutes.)

Check back for more Super Baby Porridge tips….

Feb 082011
 

Starting solids is an important time for Mom and baby.  For many moms, the first question is always, “Where do I start?  If you are a fan of Super Baby Food, you have already heard of the Super Baby Diet – a detailed description of what to feed baby and when which is outlined in Super Baby Food.  For beginner’s though, starting is easy, and the shopping list even easier.  Here are the first foods you should buy and the order that you will need them as your baby grows:

  • Brown rice
  • Millet
  • Oatmeal / rolled oats
  • pearled barley
  • yogurt
  • tofu
  • eggs
  • juices
  • tahini
  • Oatios
  • brewers yeast
  • wheat germ
  • lentils
  • split peas
  • beans
  • bulgur
  • non-germinated cornmeal
  • whole wheat pasta

And here’s the best part, if you are just starting, simply buy the first two (brown rice and millet), and buy the rest as you need it!  You will be a pro in no time at all.  Check out the free, downloadable Super Baby Food Diet Daily Worksheet to help, too!

Feb 072011
 

You have spoken and we have listened.  We proudly present the Super Baby Food Diet Daily Worksheet, free for you to download at your leisure. This is the same worksheet featured in Ruth Yaron’s Super Baby Food.

We know this tool will help your meet your Super Baby feeding needs! Click here to download The Super Baby Food Diet Daily Worksheet.

Feb 032011
 

A mom recently sent me an email about Super Porridge concerned that her preparation of it was sometimes  “too lumpy” for her little guy.  Her baby is 7 months old and at this point she is feeding him oatmeal and millet.  Here are some pointers to avoid lumpy porridge.  For more detailed info check the Super Porridge Cereal chapter in Super Baby Food.

  1. Make sure that you are grinding the oats and the millet thoroughly enough to a form a powder, grinding in a blender for at least two full minutes.
  2. Make sure that your water to grain ratio is correct.  For Oatmeal that is one cup of oatmeal to two cups of water for 15 minutes.  For millet, that is 3 cups of water to one cup of millet for 45 minutes (or 3  tablespoons millet to one cup of water for a smaller portion.) (See chart in Super Baby Food on page 222)
  3. Once the water is boiling, reduce heat to lowest setting and THEN sprinkle the ground rice, stirring briskly with a wire whisk.
  4. Stir frequently at first, then again after the super porridge has had a few minutes to cool.

Super Porridge by Super Baby Food Author, Ruth Yaron

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Jan 272011
 

One of the most popular topics in my book, Super Baby Food is also the most important part of The Super Baby Food Diet described in the book.  I call it, Super Porridge.  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.  It’s super easy to make.   Making your own baby food is not only the best you can offer your baby it is also amazingly satisfying experience.   As your baby grows,  just a few tweaks to consistency and ingredients can provide the flexibility to keep your baby satisfied and growing.

In this blog post, I am going to share the basic Super Porridge recipe.

Remember: most babies will start “solid” foods between the ages of 4 – 6 months.  Check with your pediatrician before starting on solid foods before you get your baby started on solid food.

  • Measure 1 cup of water on the stove to boil.
  • Measure ¼ cup brown rice into your blender. Grind well, for about 2 minutes. (it’s going to be very loud, but it’s important to let the blender grind the brown rice down)  If you have a coffee grinder, you may find it works better than a blender.  Do not use a food processor as it does not grind grains well.
  • When the water starts to boil on the stove, turn the heat down to the lowest setting.
  • Sprinkle the ground rice into the water while stirring briskly with a wire whisk.
  • Cover the pot and keep it on low heat for about 10 minutes.
  • Stir frequently with the whisk to prevent scorching on the bottom and to remove lumps.
  • Let cool

The recipe above will yield 2 – ½ cup servings for your baby.  Feed some now and save some for later by dividing the porridge in 3 individual containers with lids.  Cooked Super Porridge will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Other grains that can be used to make Super Porridge for baby include: Quinoa, Barley, Oatmeal, and Millet. Once baby reaches 9 months, Super Porridge can be infused with more protein by adding the ground legumes to the ground brown rice or other grains and prepared as above.

My Super Porridge is  practical, nutritionally superior, easy to make and cost-saving – your baby will thank you for it someday. More information can be found in my book Super Baby Food and in future blog posts.  You can watch Cindy Crawford demonstrate the making of Super Porridge by visiting our You Tube account.

Jan 252011
 

Everybody is talking about kale and how to prepare it to feed your baby.  Kale is a Super Duper Green!  Get your baby used to the flavor and stir a kale cube into your baby’s Super Porridge as often as possible!

To prepare Kale:

  • swish in a sink full of cold water
  • remove the stems
  • Place washed greens in a dish and cover.  (Don’t add water, the rinsing water still left clinging to the leaves is enough for cooking)
  • Microwave on high about 7 minutes per pound.
  • Stir halfway through cooking time.
  • Let stand covered for 2 minutes
  • Puree and freeze using the  Food Cube Method for up to 2 months.

Remember that:

Baby must be at least 9 months old for cooked greens, 10 months old for finely chopped raw greens.

The FDA cautions that nitrates in kale, and other vegetables, could be dangerous to your baby before he is 7 months old.

Here is more information about nitrates in baby food from www.wholesomebabyfood.com.

Enjoy your kale!

Dec 212010
 

My major concern about traveling and carrying homemade baby food is this: there is always a danger of bacterial contamination. Frozen cubes should be thawed at refrigerator temperatures – like with a Thanksgiving turkey – the outer layers may get warm and allow bacteria to grow.  So thaw cubes only within a cooler with several blue paks to keep the entire cooler at 40 degrees or less.  You don’t want any cube being in any part of the cooler that might be at a higher temperature.

I wouldn’t want to recommend carrying homemade baby food outside the home because I’m really worried about babies getting sick. They have immature immune systems, so it’s best to always be on the safe side.  At home you can be sure of temperatures because of the fridge thermometer that I recommend always keeping one in fridge and one in freezer to constantly monitor that temps are safe.

I recommend taking UNOPENED jars and boxes of commercial baby food.  Once opened, feed immediately, and discard any leftovers.  And the jars/boxes of food you take should have previously been fed to baby at least several days before so that you know she or he is not allergic to the food or has a food intolerance.  All foods should be tested for problems several days before leaving.  Then use the same brand, the same food.   Sprouts is a nice brand because it is not in glass jars that could break.  http://www.sproutbabyfood.com/

Unpeeled almost ripe bananas and avocados are good for traveling.   Keep them for a few days while they ripen and then feed.  Wash their peels on the outside well and store in ziploc freezer bags for the trip.  Keep all feeding utensils – bowl spoon etc after cleaning in ziploc bag to keep them clean.

Happy traveling and have a safe and healthy trip!