LIFESTYLE, RECIPIES What About Baby? February 2, 2018

What an adventure the last six months has been!  If you’ve read my coaching bio you’ll know that we struggled for 4 years to get pregnant.  We tried all kinds of “procedures”, and spent more money that I’d like to even tally up.  Had any of that worked, it, of course, would have been worth it, but in the end, the best thing for me was to focus on my health.  Yes, I had done the Whole30 before, but I was also seeing an amazing acupuncturist to help me relax and taking Chinese herbs to help my hormonal balance and function.  So now that I have a sweet little, I have to start thinking about what I put in her body as well.  I’ve been breastfeeding for the last, almost, seven months, and honestly can’t believe I made it this far.  But now that we’re starting solids, it’s a whole new ball game.  How hypocritical would it be for me to feed myself no “junk”, but give that to her?  The way I see it, and this is not scientific, but she’s much smaller than I am, so all the additives and preservatives would clog up her little body way more than mine.  I knew I wanted to make her food until she could eat what we’re eating, so I went out and got an Instant Pot and learned how to steam!

I started with simple foods like sweet potatoes, applesauce, pear puree and avocado.  Those seem to work out well for her and she doesn’t seem too picky right now.  I wanted to start on some mixes, but I needed some inspiration.  Also, because we live in the frozen tundra, I don’t have access to local, fresh fruits and veggies.  Which isn’t a huge deal, but if I can find a work around, I’m going to.  Plus that while I enjoy making my own foods, I’m not going to lie and say I have all the time in the world, or ambition.  Sooo…I found a company called Little Spoon…basically a meal delivery service for littles..

Here’s their story:

“Parenthood is filled with questions. Is my baby gaining enough weight? Is it normal that my baby likes avocado one day, and hates it the next? What exactly should I feed my baby and when?

We know these questions well. Even when Michelle was raising her third baby, she was still left worried and confused when it came to his nutritional needs. No wonder we are all nervous!

When it comes to your baby’s health, what’s put in their body during the first years of their life is critical to their development.

We couldn’t believe that when it comes to feeding your baby, you can either spend the time making (and cleaning up!) food yourself, or buy highly-processed jars and pouches from the store. There are million resources and countless products in the store, but like most parents, Michelle had a hard-enough time finding room in her schedule to shower let alone researching the best foods to feed her boys at every meal.

We thought that was unfair. Quality nutrition should be accessible to everyone. That’s why we created Little Spoon, a comprehensive nutrition solution to give you the peace of mind you’re feeding not just the best food, but the right food and (hopefully) make your life just a bit easier”

They utilize a “baby blueprint” that bases the food they ship to you on your babies age and food preferences.  It’s made with organic fruits and veggies and use a technique called high-pressure processing (HPP), which is basically what happens with cold-pressed juices and is used to lock in the nutrients and neutralize bad bacteria instead of using additives, preservatives or simply flash-freezing like some other brands.  Their motto is “You’re babies food shouldn’t be older than they are.”  Sounded good enough to me, especially good enough to give it a try.  I had a coupon code for $20 off so I went for it.  (You can use this link to get $20 off for yourself!). So far, she loves it and I’ve got some inspirational blend ideas that I can create if I ever feel like whipping it up for myself.

Here are some recipes for the foods I’ve made myself, I’ll keep adding to it as I get more adventurous!

Applesauce

Ingredients

  • six apples (use sweeter varieties like Gala, McIntosh or Pink Lady)

 

Instructions:

Pour water into a saucepan (about one inch) and place the apples into a steamer basket in the saucepan.  Bring the water to a boil.  Cover and steam until tender, about 12 minutes.

*If your using a pressure cooker, you can do the same steps, just press “STEAM”, for about 5 minutes.

Pear Puree

Ingredients

  • four ripe pears, quartered and cored

Instructions:

Pour water into a saucepan (about one inch) and place the apples into a steamer basket in the saucepan.  Bring the water to a boil.  Cover and steam until tender, about 7-10 minutes.  Let me pears cool and remove and discard the skins.  Use an emersion blender or food processor to smooth to preferred texture.  You can use water or breastmilk to thin the puree if you’d like.

*If you’re using a pressure cooker, you can do the same steps, just press “STEAM”, for about 5 minutes.

Sweet Potato Puree

Ingredients

  • two sweet potatoes or yams, scrubbed clean

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 400˙F.  Poke each potato, in several places, with a fork and place on a lined baking sheet (easier clean-up).  Bake until skins are wrinkled, about 60 minutes.  Cut through the potato and scoop out the flesh.  Use an emersion blender or food processor to smooth to preferred texture.  You can use water or breastmilk to thin the puree if you’d like.

Avocado Mash

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ripe avocado

Instructions:

Using a spoon, scoop the flesh of the avocado into a bowl and mash until desired consistency.  You can use water or breastmilk to achieve smoother consistency if you’d like.

Notes:

  • I typically only keep these in the refrigerator for up to three days.  You can buy some of these, if you’d like to freeze any meals you make.
  • When baby is ready, you can mix shredded or diced (very small) chicken or pork in with the pear puree to get additional protein in their diet.
  • Introduce new foods every three days to ensure no food allergies or digestive issues.

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