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How to Make Healthy Baby Food from Vegetables and Fruits

Foods based on vegetables and fruits are the most ideal foods for babies, because they are easy to make and digest, and are rich in nutrients. Instant baby food contains artificial flavorings as well as added sugar and preservatives for food to last.

With a little care and correct settings, you can replace expensive canned instant baby food that has been consumed by your child for healthy and nutrient-rich foods that you can make yourself at home.

Plan and Prepare Your Food
1. Choose ingredients that are still fresh and not frozen
  • To make healthy food it's best to use fresh ingredients. It would be better if you use organic food ingredients that are not exposed to pesticides. This is the healthiest choice for your baby. If you can't find ingredients that are still fresh, then use frozen ingredients as another option.
  • Fruits, vegetables, grains such as wheat, rice, lentils and nuts are healthy food ingredients for babies. These foods are rich in nutrients such as fiber, vitamins, minerals and protein. These ingredients are actually healthier than animal food ingredients, which contain saturated fat and cholesterol which have no effect if not consumed by infants (should not be consumed by infants).
  • Buy fresh ingredients that grow near your home. Food that grows near your home usually does not last long or rot quickly, but it is organic and free of chemicals. These ingredients are a better choice for your baby's health.
2. Only buy the ingredients you need
Do not be tempted to buy fresh ingredients in large quantities. Buy as much as you need to make 2-3 servings, depending on how long the material can last.

For small babies, use only one ingredient. The digestive system in young babies is not yet sufficiently developed and it is important to introduce food to your baby's stomach gradually so that they can adapt. When you are going to buy ingredients, focus on making just two or three foods.

For babies who are already large enough and have a digestive system that has developed, it is safe to use food that is mixed. For example, you can add rice or oats to baby food. These foods can also last a long time.

3.Avoid instant food additives
If your baby is big enough and you can add mixed food to his food, don't add instant food to it. Indeed fresh vegetables and fruits are healthy food ingredients, but with the addition of other ingredients, the nutrients in fruits and vegetables can be lost. For that consider the following things:
Don't use refined flour or flour with bleach mixture, but use pure wheat flour. The more you use food that has undergone a lot of processing, the less nutritional content.

Don't use refined sugar or white crystal sugar, but use pure sugar with molasses (brown sugar). This type of sugar is healthier because it only has a little processing.
Use pure coarse salt, and not iodized refined salt. Coarse salt dissolves quickly and has a higher mineral content than iodized refined salt.

4. Plan your menu
Limited ingredients and only refer to fresh vegetables and fruits can help you plan what foods to give to the baby. While weighing your options, there is a need for you to also think about what foods you want to introduce to your baby.
Tomato soup or various vegetable soups, oatmeal, boiled lentils with rice, etc. is a food that is easy to make and is good for your baby to start with.
Follow recipes from generation to generation from your family. Nothing can match your grandmother's abilities about babies!

5. Prepare the equipment

The following are the tools you need:
Small saucepan. It is not recommended to use raw materials for your baby because cooked food is easier to digest. Sauce pans don't need to be large - you won't cook large amounts of food because babies don't usually eat too much.
  • Filter. To make porridge, you must remove the water contained in the fruit. This requires a filter.
  • Blender To make porridge from cooked fruits and vegetables, you need a blender that works well. Stronger blender rotation - the food will mix better, making it easier to digest.
  • Glass jar. If your baby does not finish the food that has been made, or you cook to eat several times, then use a glass jar. Glass jars are easier to use than plastic jars and are easy to sterilize before using them again by washing them in boiling water.

Making Baby Food

1.Use Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Prepare fresh fruits and vegetables by washing and peeling them. Wash the material that you are going to use with running water. Clean all dirt, soil, bacteria, and remaining pesticides attached. Peel the ingredients if they need to be peeled. The dirtiest part is usually on the skin, besides that the skin is also difficult to digest.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are the best and healthiest food ingredients for making baby food. You can use apples, peaches, bananas, carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, apricots, plums, beans, peas - ingredients that your baby likes.

2. Add the ingredients to the saucepan, add water and boil until boiling
You need to boil the ingredients before mashing so the food is easy to digest. Boil until tender - check using a fork. If it is tender and ready to be mashed, remove and drain.
Don't boil bananas and avocados. These foods must not be boiled; just puree using a fork. [1]
Do not add seasoning. Seasoning is not suitable for baby's stomach.

3. Leave a little boiled water
Discard the boiled water of fruits and vegetables by pouring it into the filter. However, leave a little boiled water to make porridge because the boiled water contains nutrients that dissolve during the boiling process.

4. Make porridge

Put the fruits and vegetables that have been boiled into the blender together with the remaining boiled water then puree. When it's smooth and thick, the food is ready to be served.

In addition to regular mineral water, you can use breast milk or formula milk; if your baby is more than one year old you can use soy milk or almond milk. [2] Make sure soy is used to make soy milk grow organically.

If the baby is old enough and you want to add other ingredients such as rice or oats to the food, then cook rice or oats separately. With this porridge will be smoother.

5. Taste it first
Taste the food before giving it to your baby. Adjust salt and sugar if necessary, but don't be too salty or too sweet. Food taste must come from fruits and vegetables, not sugar or salt.

6. Serve baby food that you have made
After the porridge has cooled, pour it into a bowl with the right portion for your baby and be proud because you have succeeded in making your own healthy baby food.

In fact, some people believe that babies can smell food and listen to the sound of food being made. This can trigger their curiosity and can also increase their appetite.

7. Save the remaining baby food
Put the rest of the food in a glass jar, make sure the jar is tightly closed and store in the refrigerator. Baby food can last up to 3 days.

You can store it in the freezer for up to one month. Give a date for each package of food that you store in the freezer, use food that is the earliest date of manufacture.

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