Homemade vegetarian baby food recipes?
I think it would be easier to make vegetarian baby food than to make meaty baby food, unless you're using a meat broth in it. I know Wal-Mart and similar places sell baby food makers where you can store the food, and I think one day I'd like to try those. However, at first, I just want to start with a baby food smasher so I can make fresh stuff on the go.
When I was registering for baby items on Amazon, I picked out this one http://www.amazon.com/NUK-78963-Mash-Serve-Bowl/d… which many of the other mamas said they'd used and loved... plus it's super cheap!
Some foods you can take with you and mash on the go for a happy, healthy baby are bananas and avocados. Avocados are especially good for babies because it's the fattiest fruit that I'm aware of, but they are good fats- the kind of fats baby needs for a quickly growing and changing brain. I imagine there are lots of other foods you could steam and mash too though. I think steamed carrots would be pretty easy, the same with sweet potatoes, both of which have great health benefits. (Fun fact, I ate so much carrot and sweet potato baby food as a child- they were my favorite!- that I literally started turning orange. Like, my skin and everything LOL. Talk about scaring my parents. How I got such blurry vision after all those carrots is a mystery even to me.)
I'd say you could use other fruits too.. Homemade low-sugar applesauce, perhaps? I would think a plum would be easy to mash too, but I've never tried it and am not sure if that's a baby safe food.
Do you ladies put any seasonings in your baby food? That's something I've never really thought about.
I mentioned before about broth if you're making a heartier baby food... Does anyone know if baby can have bone broth? I LOVE the health benefits of bone broth for me, and I imagine all the vitamins and minerals would be great for a growing baby, but I've never heard of anyone doing this (To be fair, I've never really looked either)
Bone broth is supposed to be super easy on the stomach and great for digestion (not to mention a great way to keep your waste to a minimum- chicken bones, onion skins... things there are not many uses for)... but is it baby safe? I know you'd have to strain it really, really well and maybe leave out any crazy spices, but other than that I don't know. Do you?
Also, what are your favorite vegetarian baby food recipes? Do you prefer using fruits or veggies?
What do you use to make your baby food- the stove, a baby food maker, grinder, or masher?
You take over, mama gurus!