This vs. That: Baby Food

Feeding our children sure made me take a second look at labels and what I was putting into their mouths as well as our own. How about you? This month I’m listing some differences between buying your own fresh food to make/create baby food at home vs. purchasing the packaged food you find at the stores. One principal to remember when eating any food is the order of nutritional value: Fresh food has the highest nutrient content, frozen is next best, and canned/jarred food has the lowest value of nutrients. Yours and your children’s health will reflect the choices you make in the nutrient content of the food you eat/prepare.

This: Packaged/Store-bought
  • Organic or not you never know where the food put into the container came from
  • Limited choices—almost every choice is starchy (carrots, peas, sweet potatoes, green beans, bananas (who needs jarred bananas anyway—mash one up!))
  • The organic brands have fillers in them as well as added tuna oil (unknown source)
  • “Convenient”– ish—remember the time you spend going to buy baby food is also time you could be at home throwing together some fresh veggies in the steamer and quickly grinding them up given the right tools. I always like less time at the store!
That: Fresh/Homemade Food
  • You know exactly what you are getting
  • Organic w/out filler
  • Multiple servings from one vegetable/fruit
  • Can be made 1x/week and used throughout
  • For DHA and/or extra nutrition find a children’s vitamin supplement with fish oil (wild caught sourced) there are a lot of trace-nutrient add-on’s you can include like ground flax seed, wheat germ, nutritional yeast, kelp powder etc.
  • Frugal: you can save at least 50% by making your own

So start today making every meal for your children extremely healthy and fresh, or just continue feeding them canned McDonalds French fries and feel like a terrible parent. I’m kidding, my daughter still ate PB&J and fritos yesterday and now she can’t poop (SHOCKING!!). Sometimes life preempts our health choices. Do your best, one cucumber at a time.

Until next time!

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Hello, my name is Mackenzie and I love America! I love that we all have a choice on pretty much any and everything. It's beautiful! and I believe it is important to not become part of the Dumb-masses. Get informed... on both sides. and have a reason for your choice.

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