Sunday, 30 July 2017

Guest Post - Simply Muna Homemade Baby Purees





This is a guest post from Muna, who blogs at Simply Muna.

My baby just turned 6 months and it's finally time to whip up some nutritious and yummy purees for her to eat, other than breast milk 24/7. I always start off with stage 1 purees with my babies. This just simply means that they are finely pureed, which is a great start when introducing baby's first solids. Making your own baby food is not only better for your baby, but it's easy and saves you money too. I like to make a big batch and freeze the purees in little pots (you can also use ice cube trays, preferably silicone, as they are easier to get out), and then thaw as needed.

Although baby-led weaning seems to be gaining popularity, I prefer to start off with fine purees as they are easier for a baby to handle, and no lumps to work around.

Today, I'll be sharing the recipes we used in the first week of weaning. I decided to mix things up this time, and did not use just single fruit or vegetables, but combined a few things here and there as well as single purees. These recipes are easy and nutritious for your baby. In the following recipes, I have used apple juice to thin out some of the purees. This is optional, but I found that it also gave a nice additional taste to the purees. Most ice cube trays measure out to about 1 ounce per cube. However, the pots that I have used are each 2.5 ounces (70ml). I start with the ice cubes and then move on to the freezer pots when my baby can eat more.

Cereals:

Oatmeal

1/4 cup ground oats (old fashioned oats finely grounded in a blender)
3/4 cup water

1. Bring the water to boil in a small saucepan.
2. Add the ground oats, and whisk continuously.
3. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes until creamy.
4. Add formula or breast milk to thin the oatmeal.

Barley

1/4 cup ground barley
1 cup water

1. Bring the water to boil.
2. Add the ground barley, and whisk continuously.
3. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes until creamy.
4. Add formula or breast milk to thin the barley.

Fruit and Veggie purees:

Banana and Peach

1 banana
2 peaches
1/4 cup apple juice, unsweetened




Green Apple and Spinach

1 green apple
1/2 cup baby spinach
- 1 banana**
1/3 cup apple juice, unsweetened




Strawberries

1 cup strawberries
- 1 banana*




Sweet potato and Carrot

1/2 cup sweet potato, boiled
1/2 cup carrots, boiled
1/3 cup apple juice, unsweetened



Blueberry

2 cups
- 1 banana*




There you go! A few recipes to get you started. It can't get easier than this. Cook, blend, freeze.




* = I’ve added a banana with the blueberry and strawberry purees, as I found them too runny by itself. The added banana made a little thicker. 
** = Here I added a banana as a binding ingredient. The spinach and apple didn’t blend smoothly together. Adding a banana fixes this problem, plus it’s even yummier! 

Muna is a young mother of two little girls, and runs the blog Simply Muna. She loves sharing recipes, tips and tales on motherhood, lifestyle and more. 
Visit her blog at www.simplymuna.com

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