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Hi, I’m Kelsey and I’m writing to tell you a bit about healthy homemade foods for your infant. As a former HealthStart Intern, I learned excellent tips and information on how to raise a healthy child. Many people don’t realize that healthy eating habits are forming from birth to three years old, and possibly even in the womb as new research suggests! My daughter will be six months next week and we have already incorporated some of HealthStart’s favorite foods into her daily feeding routine. At first it seemed a daunting task to make her meals, but I was surprised by how much more affordable it is, how quick and easy it is (especially when making large quantities and storing), but even more than that how much more she prefers the taste. While we have fed her some of Earth’s Best products and she enjoys them, nothing gets her quite as excited as homemade sweet potatoes. Here are some delicious and nutritious baby food recipes:

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Sweet Potatoes (Four months+)
1) Peel and chop sweet potato into one-inch cubes.
2) Boil water, add sweet potato, and cook until potato is soft (about 10 minutes).
3) Pour excess water and potatoes into blender or food processor, blend until completely smooth/free of lumps.
4) Add ½ tsp Rosemary & ½ tsp garlic powder, blend until mixed through.
5) Let cool and serve (or triple the recipe and store!)

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Avocado (Four months+)
1) Peel avocado and remove seed. 2) Add ¼ tsp lemon zest* & ½ tsp ginger. 3) Blend until completely smooth/free of lumps. 4) Serve or store. *Note citrus juices can be an irritant for babies under 1 and are not recommended for consumption, however the lemon zest generally does not produce the same effect as a juice.

 

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 5.30.09 PM Chickpea Curry (Nine months+)
1) Boil water, add chickpeas, and cook until chickpeas are soft.
2) Pour chickpeas into blender or food processor and blend to your babies preference (large lumps would not be great, but it does not need to be as smooth as their first foods).
3) Add ½ tsp cumin & ½ tsp paprika, blend until mixed through.
4) Let cool and serve or store.

 Remember: Always consult with your babies pediatrician before introducing a new food, and take your individual child into consideration (i.e.: babies with eczema are sometimes more sensitive to certain foods).

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