I know, I know... But Plum Organics is supposed to be one of the best baby foods on the supermarket shelves! The truth is that as parents we need to know what the foods look & taste like inside these pouches. The Plum pouch tasted like pear and pear alone... but it sure doesn't seem that way when you look at the front of the pouch. Always check the back of the pouch... not the front. It is so important to get our babies to accept the taste of vegetables when they are first weaning because they can't say "NO" yet! Babies are neophobic, which means they have a general dislike of new things. The good news is that by 10th try of said "new food" it's no longer "new" anymore and they will ACCEPT it! One of our mottos is, "Healthy eating habits start at the beginning" and research has proven this to be true. If the first foods we give our babies are overly sweetened by fruit and don't really taste like the vegetable the pouch claims is in it, our babies will not accept that vegetable when you give it in it's whole form. Every vegetable that I introduced (and re-introduced time and again) on it's own between the time my son was 6 months to a year he eats. Picky eater has never been a phrase in our house and I truly believe it's because the vegetables my son were given were not overly processed, cooked to death and mixed with fruit.
We all know that if you can't make your own baby food you don't have a lot of options besides what's on the store shelf - so here are my tips if you find that you cannot make it at home:
It doesn't matter which brand you buy just buy an organic version. Any pouch not refrigerated is cooked the same way.
Always look at the ingredients on the back of the pouch and the order that they are listed in. If they have a fruit first mixed with a vegetable skip it
Try to introduce just the vegetables one at a time before mixing it with a fruit
Mash banana, avocado as very first foods and once your baby is 8 months, blend ripe pear & soft peach (no steaming involved!).
Put very small bites of whole vegetables & fruits (buy frozen peas, green bean, corn, carrot) and let them feed themselves along with whatever puree you are giving them! This way they will get what the vegetables really taste like in their whole form!
Simple's spinach, pea & pear homemade recipe
- This is a Stage 2 (8+ months) recipe
- This recipe is high in Calcium, Iron, Protein & Vitamin A
10 - 15 minutes
About 12 oz of food or about 3 simple pouches.
8 oz organic baby spinach
6 oz organic frozen green peas
4 oz organic pear (1 small pear)
Boil about 2-3 inches of water in a steamer pot
Wash ripe pear (and spinach if not pre-washed), peel, de-seed & dice pear.
Add the spinach, peas & pear to steamer basket & place over the boiling water to steam. Takes about 7 minutes, stir halfway through cooking time.
Put steamed ingredients into your blender/food processor. You don't need to add water as the spinach and pear have a high water content. If you want to thin out the puree more you may add a little water.
Cool the puree in the refrigerator or in an ice bath.
Pouch to refrigerate or freeze!