Recipe: Melt-in-Your-Mouth Puffs

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Puffs

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Puffs

A couple of weeks ago I posted a Baby Puff recipe that was pretty filling. It also required a bit of chewing (with gums at least, teeth not required).  In fact, they were really more snacks than they were your traditional puff.

Sometimes you want a snack that isn’t going to ruin your baby’s dinner. Or maybe you want a puff that melts in your mouth like the store-bought puffs. Here’s a recipe that will dissolve in your mouth and not fill you up:

 

 

 

Melty Puffs (adapted from Mommy-Opinion)

  • 2 C multi-grain baby cereal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbs coconut oil
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Creative Feeding Ideas

Pureed vegtables, dried to a crisp!

Pureed vegtables, dried to a crisp!

About a month ago, Franci decided she had had enough of my super-purees. This was, of course, after I had made a fresh batch of each variety (chicken, lamb, fish and vegetarian). Now I have a couple months worth of frozen baby food that she will hardly touch. One or two bites at a sitting is all she will put up with.

I hate to waste food, but I’m not willing to eat it myself. (I can’t believe she even ate them to begin with). Rather than toss it in the trash, I’ve been exercising my creativity trying to come up with ways to sneak the food into Franci’s mouth.
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Working Variety into a Baby’s Diet

Banana Again??

Banana Again??

Now that Frances is down to nursing three times a day, the amount of solid food she can consume at one sitting is quite impressive. I don’t know how her stomach can hold so much food!

I’ve been worrying, as only a mother can, about the variety in her diet. Since she’ll eat just about anything, I’ve been pureeing every vegetable I can think of into a thick paste with some sort of meat. I keep a fish version, a lamb version and a chicken version in the freezer and alternate which one she eats each day.
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Chia Seed Baby Food: Good Idea? Bad Idea?

With all the hype surrounding the health benefits of chia seeds, including here on the Green Baby Guide (check out this recipe for peanut butter chia seed balls), it got me wondering if babies could get in on the trend. It turns out, they can. Chia seeds are not known to contain allergens or other ingredients harmful to youngsters.
gluten free gourmand chia seed
Photo from The Gluten-free Gourmand

If you’re interested in concocting some chia seed baby food of your own, check out these Chia Seed Baby Food Purees over at Hello Bee. If you haven’t discovered Hello Bee already, check it out! She has a lot of great baby food ideas and great food photography, too. (She makes a spoonful of pureed pees look like a work of art.)
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Do you make your own baby food?

I had visions of whirling up organic autumn blends of apples and squash for my babes. And I did, but not for every meal. I made huge batches of sweet potatoes and mashed bananas in my blender, froze them in ice cube trays, and then stored them in zip lock bags in the freezer. It was long process, but I loved reflecting on the fact that making baby food means saving about 90% over the cost of pre-made organic baby food and avoiding the environmental costs of packaging and processing. Still, working nearly full time, not getting enough sleep and having a relatively picky baby motivated to buy jars of organic baby food to save my sanity now and then.
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Green Baby Guide’s Best Budget Posts

After the holidays, we’re generally stocked on fulfilling memories and stale sugar cookies–but not so much on cash. If you’re looking to slim down your January budget, we have several vintage posts with earth friendly, budget friendly tips.

You have to eat, right? If you’d love to spend just $175 per month on your groceries, while buying mostly organic food, you have to check out Rebecca’s post on Saving Money on Organic Groceries.

If your baby is on solids, you can save hundreds of dollars with DIY organic baby purees–and you won’t need fancy equipment or loads of extra time.

Laundry is another unavoidable budget item, but we do have a recommendation for the least expensive green laundry detergent.  (It happens to be quite effective too!)
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Great Expectations: Best Food for Your Baby & Toddler Review and Giveaway

Homemade baby food became somewhat of a hobby for me. I don’t think my daughter had more than three or four jars of store-bought food, and I smiled smugly when she rejected it in favor of my delectable concoctions of ground oats, flax seeds, and kale. (That smugness has since faded: See the Any Brilliant Ideas for Picky Eaters? post!)

As obsessed as I was with making my own homemade baby food, I could have used this incredible book: Great Expectations: Best Food for Your Baby & Toddler by Jeannette L. Bessinger and Tracee Yablon-Brenner of Real Food Moms. Their guide goes way beyond my boring purees, with more than 150 recipes and snack ideas for babies and kids under three. Many of the recipes sound delicious for adults, too—zucchini cupcakes with mascarpone frosting, veggie pancakes, pasta with pesto and garbanzo beans, creamy choco-banana smoothie. And don’t worry—there are still plenty of recipes for “traditional” baby fare such as teething biscuits, grain cereals, and apple sauce.
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What’s Your Favorite Organic Baby Food?

In a perfect world, every one of us would whirl up our own sweet potato purees for baby at all times.  Some of you live in that reality and I salute you!  Since I was working nearly full time while raising my babies, I lived in the land of sleep loss and basic survival and sometimes purchased a little sanity in the form of prepared baby food.

If you do buy baby food for traveling or just to save time, what does your child prefer?  My babies enjoyed Earth’s Best Baby Food and I loved that I could buy them in affordable cases from Costco or individually from Target. I also had hearty approval from my child for Happy Baby Organic Baby Food but I can’t speak to some of the other brands on the market like Plum Organics Baby Food, Sprout Organic Baby Food, or Peter Rabbit Organics.
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Do You Make Homemade Baby Food?

It may sound difficult, but making homemade organic baby food has tremendous benefits for baby, the environment and your budget.  Also, it is by no means difficult to plop cooked food into a blending device and swirl it up.  Both Rebecca and I have conquered the art of baby purees despite the fact that both of us felt totally overwhelmed as new mothers for the first year.  Have you given homemade baby food a whirl?  If so, what are your standbys and how did you get started?  What challenges have you faced?  We find that like many other green lifestyle pursuits, most people gain the confidence to make the shift when they have friends or family who have tried it before.  Hopefully our readers can provide that online community for each other.  Thanks for sharing your baby food secrets!  And for more recipes and tips, check out our book, The Eco-nomical Baby Guide: Down to Earth Ways for Parents to Save Money and the Planet.

How Do You Make Baby Food?

Do you whip it up in your blender or fork mash it? (Joy loves her blender, Rebecca does not!) Do you steam, boil, or bake it?  There are millions of ways to prepare delightful meals for baby and we’d love to hear some of your favorites.  Looking for ideas?  Our book, The Eco-nomical Baby Guide features some easy recipes for healthy homemade purees. We’d love to hear what you do!