Sunday, February 26, 2017

Baby Food Recipe: Puréed Organic Sweet Potatoes x The Cost Of Making Homemade Meals

Mikey absolutely loves this meal. And why wouldn't he? Sweet potatoes do not only taste good (in fact, I myself always order a side of sweet potato fries instead of the regular fries!) but, sweet potato is also very healthy - they are high in Vitamin A, potassium and beta carotene. They are also infused with a good amount of calcium, folate and Vitamin E, making it a great first solid food choice for babies.

PLUS, one sweet potato is the equivalent of 2 day's worth of food for your little one - this of course varies on your meal plan. Mikey is 5 months old and we feed him 3 times a day with 2 oz worth of solid food per meal.



According to VeryWell.com, sweet potatoes have the following nutritional value:


So, if you love creating homemade, wholesome food for your baby, then, this is a recipe that you must try!


Ingredients: 
1. 1 Organic Sweet Potato - you pay a little more for organic but, it's a health investment for your baby. Their system is not mature yet so, if you can afford it, organic is the way to go.
2. 1/4 cup breastmilk/formula or water - I prefer to use formula to further infuse the meal with healthy goodness.
3. Baby Bullet
4. Storage containers

Step 1: Peel and boil sweet potato for 20 minutes or, until a fork can easily poke right through it. Making it soft is crucial because if you try to purée it while it's still hard, you might break your Baby Bullet or food chopper.




Step 2: Chop sweet potato into small cubes.



Step 3: Put chopped sweet potato in Baby Bullet and pour breastmilk/formula/water. Purée for 10 - 20 seconds or until no big chunks are left. Be careful not to leave big chunks as they can be choking hazards.



Step 4: Serve meal to your baby and store remainder in freezer. The great thing about puréed meals is that they can last up to 3 days when refrigerated and 30 days when frozen. I've got this down to a science - every Saturday or Sunday, I create a ton of baby food for freezing.




Making homemade meals is not just fun and easy, it also saves you a ton of money. A jar of baby food costs around $1.15 - and, your child, depending on age will probably consume 2 jars a day (this is computed based on my 5-month old's meal plan), while 1 lbs of organic sweet potato is priced at $1.61/pound and that can already create 2 days worth of meals.

Now let's do the math. If you purchase baby food, you will pay an average of $16/week, but, if you make them, it will only cost you $6.44 a week! What a HUGE difference, right?

Recipe: Puréed Organic Sweet Potatoes in 4 Easy Steps

Step 1: Peel and boil sweet potato for 20 minutes or, until a fork can easily poke right through it.
Step 2: Chop sweet potato into small cubes.
Step 3: Put chopped sweet potato in Baby Bullet and pour breastmilk/formula/water. Purée for 10 - 20 seconds or until no big chunks are left
Step 4: Serve meal to your baby and store remainder in freezer.
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