April is Frozen Food Month!

 Hello! Jennifer here…In honor Frozen food month and being a new mom, I have decided to share with you one of the easiest ways to make super nutritious baby food in a snap. First make sure you have the following tools in your kitchen:

• A microwave or stove & pot
• A hand mixer or electric blender
• A rubber spatula or two
• 2 ice cube trays
• A microwave save bowl
• Purified and distilled water safe for mixing with baby food or formula
• Baby bowl and spoon

Next, choose your frozen produce! You always want to discuss introducing solid foods with your
pediatrician. Some suggest introducing foods in a specific order. I highly recommend offering veggies before fruit and then even mixing veggies and fruit. Buying frozen produce is a great way to go since frozen fruits and veggies are taken at their peak of ripeness, cleaned, and quickly frozen to preserve nutrients. Choosing frozen is also one of the quickest and easiest ways to make your own baby food. I choose to use organic frozen produce for making my baby food.

Today’s post we will be making spinach puree and blueberry puree. NOTE: You can actually mix these once you are sure your baby does not have an allergy to either (the blueberries will sweeten the bitterness of the spinach). I usually add a splash of purified and distilled water to the blender to get the puree at the consistency that I prefer. You can also use breast milk or even formula to thin out your puree while adding other nutrients. Sometimes by adding breast milk or formula to the food, it can make the transition a little easier as your baby recognizes the milk or formula flavor.

Here is how to make your own baby food using frozen produce:

1. Cook the frozen produce (some can be steamed in the microwave in their own bag). For the
spinach, I empty it into a microwave safe dish (I use glass or BPA free plastic) and add a few
tablespoons of purified and distilled water and followed the directions on the package. You can also cook it on the stove. For the blueberries, I did the exact same; except I did not add any water (they are juicier and therefore need less water). 

2. Next, take the cooked produce and put it in the blender (or you can use a hand mixer) to puree
it to your preferred consistency.

3. Finally, pour in the baby bowl and serve or you can even pour in ice cube trays to freeze and
serve another day. I like the ice cube trays because 1 cube is about 1 ounce. Babies tend to not eat more than that in the early days of solid feeding so I do not have to worry about anything going to waste. I just get one cube out and toss it in the microwave for 15 seconds or until warm.

*CAUTION* Please be mindful when using the microwave as it can create hot spots in the
food which can burn your baby.

It only takes a few tools, some good frozen organic produce, and about 10 minutes and you have made several meals for you baby that you can feel confident is a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

TEETHING TIP: Try putting a few blueberries or other frozen produce in a mesh feeder and letting
your teething baby naw on it. The cold will help his aching gums and he will swallow some wholesome goodness while he is at it.

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