Baby's Best Friend: The Food Processor
A recent study suggests that a nutritious diet (containing more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants) may protect your baby against the development of food allergies as they grow.
A recent study focused on the diet patterns of babies throughout the first year of life had one big question in mind: Is there an association between types of foods an infant eats and the development of food allergies later in life? The findings are not surprising. Results show that a more nutritious diet—one containing more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants—may protect against the development of food allergies.
Study details: the diets compared were of infants that were fed more fruits, vegetables and homemade foods versus the those fed more processed or adult foods such as convenience foods, ready-to-eat meals, and processed potatoes.
Now, we all want what’s best for our baby and their future health. And honestly, I am no Martha Stewart (and never will be), but during those first months of solid foods and purees, the food processor was my baby’s best friend. Even easier yet, a fork often fit the job of mashing up an avocado, banana or cooked carrot. Done and done. Another added bonus? I liked knowing exactly what was going into my baby’s mouth.
Here are a few tips to make sure you’re giving baby the most nutritious diet possible:
- Make baby food from freshly prepared ingredients such as tender meats, lentils, beans, fresh or frozen cooked vegetables, and ripe fruits (stay away from canned products with added salt).
- Cook, puree, or mash and then freeze in small containers such as ice cube trays or mini muffin cups. When it’s time to use, just thaw out in the refrigerator.
- Reheat thoroughly and then let the food cool so it is warm to the touch when you’re ready to feed it to your baby.
- If you’re in a pinch and have to go the way of commercially prepared baby foods, stick to the single ingredient types as they are more nutritionally dense than the mixed dinner meals.
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