Making your own baby food is an option that many moms are switching to. It is definitely the best way to make sure you know what is going in your little ones food, but how sure are you? This week at our momstown Milton Baby Basics Every Little Step program sponsored by Walmart Canada we learned about the following foods that are known as the "Dirty Dozen Plus". They are the foods that have the highest pesticide numbers making them the most important to either grow them yourself or buy the organic versions.
Plus Hot Peppers and Domestic Blueberries which may contain organophosphate insectisides which are characterized as "highly toxic".
The following "Clean 15" foods had the lowest pesticide numbers and are the safest conventionally grown crops.
Many of our moms at the program are just beginning to introduce solids to their little ones. Many wondered when it is time to introduce combination foods, which worked well together. Here are a few ideas that were shared.
Vegetable Baby Food Combinations
For Beginners (Younger than 7 months)
Squashy Sweet Potato – Blend acorn or butternut squash with sweet potatoes
Squashy Apple Sweet Potato – Blend apples, acorn or butternut squash with sweet potatoes
Green Beans and Apples or Pears – Blend green beans with apples or pears
For Intermediates (7 – 8 months and older)
Spicy Squash or Sweet Potatoes – Add some cinnamon and/or nutmeg to baby's squash or sweet potatoes
Green Beans and Potatoes – Blend white potatoes and green beans together – add a bit of pear or applesauce for extra YUM!
Sweet Pea Stew – Mix peas and carrots with applesauce, rice or oatmeal and/or even yogurt!
Carrot Stew – Mix appes and carrots with rice, oatmeal and/or yogurt
Sweet Potato Pie – Mix sweet potato, yogurt, cereal and a dash of cinnamon, top with powdered Cheerios – mix well
Fruit Baby Food Combinations
Apple Cereal – Blend applesauce togetheer with oatmeal or rice cereal
Pumpkin Cereal – Blend pumpkin puree together with oatmeal or rice cereal
Banana-'Cado – Blend avocado and bananas for a meal or to add to cereal
Apple-Pear Sauce – Blend apples and pears (yummy when cooked together)
Pumpkin Bananas – Blend pumpkin puree with bananas
Pumpkin Bananas Applesauce – Blend pumpkin puree together with bananas and applesauce
Apple Pie – Combine cereal, yogurt and applesauce together adding a dash of cinnamon, top with powdered Cheerios – mix well
Pumpkin Pie – Blend pumpkin puree together with cereal, yogurt and add a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg, top with powdered Cheerios – mix well
Blueberry (Yogurt) Medley – Mix blueberry, apple and pear sauce. Add yogurt if appropriate. Sprinkle with powdered Cheerios
Meat/Protein Baby Food Combinations
Turkey/Chicken/Beef Dinner: (8 months and older)
Blend turkey or chicken or beef with applesauce and squash
Blend turkey or chicken or beef with sweet potatoes and/or applesauce
Blend turkey or chicken or beef with sweet potatoes and carrots
Blend turkey or chicken or beef with applesauce and/or carrots
Blend turkey or chicken or beef with pumpkin and squash
Tofu Dinner (8 months and older)
Blend tofu, applesauceand squash together
Blend tofu, avocado and pears together
Blend tofu, blueberries and bananas together
Our next topic for our Every Little Step Baby Basics program will focus on Weaning. Click here to register!
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