Food Diary Entry #9 (for, Thu 05/02/2013)

For breakfast:
Bagel thins with almond butter and raspberry preserves. I also had some apple slices.
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For Lunch:
For lunch I had a tortilla topped with the last bit of chicken I had, some cheese, romaine lettuce, cilantro, tomatoes, and chipotle salsa. I also had steamed edamame with chili garlic sauce. This meal was so filling and spicy!
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For an afternoon snack/beverage:
Since I loved how my iced coffee turned out the other day I decided to make another one. As you can tell I made way too much and yes I finished it all.
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For dinner:
So I completely forgot to take a picture of my smoothie for dinner but here is a picture of my fiance’s. His smoothie has kale, mango, some walnuts, and water. My smoothie had kale, raspberries, banana, and some walnuts. My fiance also had nachos (we are talking about a huge plate of nachos!) and cajeta empanadas (caramel stuffed empanadas, the last picture on this post fyi. it is a Mexican dessert). So I only had a few nacho pieces and I also had a string cheese. This was the most random dinner and not a very good one I may add. Next time I need to have a better meal for dinner because later I munched on…
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This! Another bagel thin but with chocolate peanut butter.
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For dessert:
Umm an empanada… I guess the bagel with chocolate peanut butter wasn’t dessert?? 😉
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Making baby food is easy, fun and cheaper

yellow squash puree (top), apple and banana puree (bottom left), raspberry and pear puree (bottom right)

I have been having way too much fun making Cas’s food. I love coming up with different combinations for him. His favorite fruit is definitely pears! He eats small pieces of pears that I put into a mesh fresh food feeder, he also likes pears mixed with bananas, pears with apples, and pears with raspberries (his favorite puree of all). He pretty much likes pears with anything or by itself.

A few things I have discovered making baby food are:

  1. Making baby food is extremely easy. – The only equipment you really need is a blender or a food processor to make baby food. You can prepare the food in advance and refrigerate it for later. I usually make his baby food when I am making myself or for the fiance breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  2. Making baby food is lots of fun! – I never thought that I would have fun creating baby food. I used to think it would be extremely hard and that I would get frustrated every time. I actually enjoy it and can’t wait to make his baby food.  Since I am starting to learn his favorite fruits and veggies, it has been fun creating combinations like pears and raspberries for him. (I’ve also found new combinations to add to my morning smoothies because of this.)
  3. Making baby food is cheaper. – My fiance and I have found that by buying fresh fruits and vegetables for Cas means more cash in our wallets. For example, the other day I made Cas a sweet potato puree, but the sweet potato was so large I only needed about half to make enough for 3 days. So with the rest of the sweet potato I made baked sweet potato fries. Yumm! I didn’t throw away the sweet potato instead I used it to make fries for me and the fiance. Money well spent!

I would definitely recommend to moms or dads who have time to consider making their baby homemade baby food. Or to at least give it a try to just see how it goes. I was afraid that Cas wouldn’t like it but he actually loves it! The pear and raspberry puree below is by far his favorite, he is always wanting more of it. He also used to hate apples and bananas from the jars but when I made him the homemade version he loved it! I guess kids really do like homemade food from their mommies!

raspberry and pear puree

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peach and banana

apple and pear sauce, super yummy!

Are their any parents who made or are making their babies homemade purees? How is it going and what is your baby’s favorite?!

Baby food making craze

So, last time I mentioned that I would start making baby food for baby Cas. I have been inspired by a website I found called, weelicious! Weelicious has many healthy recipes for children and families. There are so many baby food puree recipes on there, that I have gone crazy! I love this website so much that I have made about 4-5 of the recipes on there. The first recipe I decided to make was the plum and banana puree. Cas loves bananas and I thought that plum and banana sounded really good!

This recipe is so simple to make and it only takes a few minutes! I made it using a nutribullet but i’m sure you can use a blender or a food processor to make this puree. This puree wasn’t Cas’s favorite but it tasted delicious to me. 😀 (Plum banana link)

The next recipe I made was the raspberry banana puree and this one was a hit! Cas and I both loved it so much. This recipe just needed one banana and a cup of raspberries. It made enough for 2 servings and Cas just devoured it. This puree also came out in a pretty hot pink color which I really liked.

I also decided to make a butternut squash puree because it is one of those vegetables that you just need to bake and then puree. Cas also happens to like butternut squash so it was nice to give him some homemade food. I was really scared to cut the butternut squash but it was really easy thanks to this video I watched.

Lastly I made myself a kale-rasp-banana shake. I loved Cas’s raspberry banana puree so much that I decided to make into a shake.

So far making baby food is a lot easier than I thought. I make enough baby food for 2 to 3 days. I have yet to freeze baby food since  the idea of it doesn’t sound so good. I guess I won’t know until I try it out. Anyways for new parents who want to make their baby homemade purees, you should check out weelicious.com!