Nutrition week (from the ninth to the 15th of October) aims to create awareness about the importance of a balanced nutritious diet in order to ensure optimal physical and mental wellbeing. Diet has a major impact on our children’s health and general wellbeing.

The benefits of making your own baby food

Making your own baby food has the benefit of knowing exactly what your little one is eating.

Making your own homemade baby food is much higher in nutrients; it tastes better and has all the yummy smells. Homemade food can retain its nutritional value, taste, and smell because it is lightly steamed and not overcooked.

When you make your own homemade baby food, you decide exactly what goes into it so you know that it’s fresh, tasty and healthy. Studies also suggest that a more nutritious diet may be protective against the development of food allergies.

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Store bought baby food low on vitamins and nutrients

Store bought baby food, including the organic brands, is heated to very high temperatures to ensure a long shelf life and food safety, which also kills vitamins and nutrients in the process.

Making your own baby food is this simple

Chicken and mango mash with vegies (7-9 months)

Ingredients: 

  • one chicken breast
  • one carrot
  • one parsnip
  • one mango

Method:

  1. Roast or steam the chicken breast until cooked. Dice.
  2. Peel and finely chop the carrot and parsnip and steam until tender.
  3. Peel and de-stone the mango and cut finely.
  4. Puree the chicken and the chopped fruit and vegetables together until smooth or lumpy
  5. Press the yummy food into food compartments or squeeze pouches suitable for freezing.

The Infantino Fresh Squeezed Station is a one-stop-solution that presses your delicious, homemade purees into easy-to-store and ready-to-serve disposable or reusable Squeeze pouches. Infantino has also made it easy to clean so there’s no fuss, no mess, just yum! Stocked at selected baby stores nationwide or online at www.layetteessentials.co.za