Baby Food Recipes – 5 Things to Consider When Making Meals for Your Baby

1. Make meals according to baby’s age.

Once your baby reaches 6 months old, you need to give him supplemental nutrients which he can get from solid foods. A number of food recipes for babies are available. But you have to choose properly which among them suit your baby’s needs for nutrients. Make meals according to your baby’s age. This is the first thing that you have to consider before making meals out of baby food recipes. Choose recipes with ingredients such as carrots and sweet potatoes. These root vegetables are easy to digest and ideal for babies who are just starting on solid foods.

2. Learn how to properly prepare and store baby’s foods.

It is important to prepare and store your baby’s foods properly. Never forget to wash your hands before and after preparing your baby’s meal. Diseases are usually acquired from improper food handling and preparation. Store your baby’s foods in tight-sealed containers. Do not keep them too long inside the refrigerator. Dispose them as soon as you see microbial build-up on your baby’s foods and containers.

3. Recognize the foods your baby is allergic with.

It is best to start your baby with solid foods that do not provoke allergic reactions. Root vegetables, cereals, bananas, apples, and rice will be your best bets. These foods are less likely to contain allergens that may trigger allergic reactions. To diagnose food allergy, check for signs and symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, skin irritation, and swelling of the throat. Familiarize yourself with foods that have high allergen contents. One of the most allergy-causing food products for babies is cow’s milk proteins. Peanuts and eggs are also among the top food products that can cause allergic reactions to babies. During his first months on solid foods, avoid recipes with ingredients such as cheese, chocolate, yoghurt, peanut-based products, and eggs.

4. Check the ingredients of food recipes for your baby.

Before making meals for your baby, checkout the ingredients included on his baby food recipes. Pay attention to those that may provoke allergy, indigestion, and lactose intolerance. To avoid incidences of food allergy, avoid recipes with ingredients such as milk, peanuts, and eggs. Indigestion will less likely to occur if you feed your baby with meals made of root vegetables, rice, and cereals. Prevent lactose intolerance by avoiding meals out of food recipes with ingredients like cheese and milk-based products.

5. Know the nutrients your baby gets in every meal.

Take note of the nutrients your baby gets in every meal. Consider those recipes with ingredients that are high in fat, to sustain his energy, and rich in fiber, to prevent indigestion. Check the amount of vitamins and minerals he gets in every food. Continue breastfeeding him up to two years of age.

Baby Food Recipes – Making Homemade Baby Food

Making baby food at home is a great way to ensure your baby stays healthy and fit. Homemade baby food is fresher, more nutritious, and tastier than the commercial grade food that is found in stores. You may think that the process of making your own food for babies is tedious and hard, but by following some simple recipes you can make the experience easy and enjoyable.

When you make your own food for babies, you guarantee quality nutrition for your young one. In addition, the wholesome food you make does NOT contain the harmful additives, preservatives, and colorants that are present in commercial foods. Homemade baby food helps start your child off on a strong foot with a healthy immune system that is powered by a sturdy nutritional diet.

If you are a novice at making foods for your young one at home, here are a few tips:

• Follow a recipe
• Buy fresh organic ingredients
• Make sure your work area is extremely clean
• Thoroughly wash your hands before starting
• Make the food once a week in bulk to save time and energy
• Separate the bulk supply of the food into ice trays and place them in your freezer
• Once the food cubes freeze you can place them into an air-tight freezer bag
• Take a frozen cube of baby food out of the freezer bag a day before you plan to serve it
• Do not reheat the food more than once
• Keep track of the date you made the recipes by labeling the freezer bags with tape
• Start your child on fruit and veggie recipes before trying any recipes with meat
• Do NOT keep half eaten baby food (the saliva from the baby’s spoon will help breed bacteria)
• Start your baby on new foods slowly so you can test for allergic reactions

Now that you have an idea of what steps you need to take to ensure that you will make some great baby food recipes, you will need to find a resource that contains a variety of recipes for you to try. There are several websites that contain recipes on the internet but few of them contain any variety. The good news is that you can find a variety of baby food recipes by clicking in the link in the author’s resource box below. It will take you to a website that contains over 200+ recipes all in one place and you can try them all for FREE. Be sure to visit and share the site with your friends and family.

Overlooked Reasons to Choose A Homemade Dog Food Recipe Vs Processed Food: Part 1

Introduction

There are many articles that tout the reasons one would choose a homemade dog food recipe over manufactured dog food such as kibble when feeding their pet. Some of the more common reasons include: 1) Increased health, well-being and vitality for your dog; 2) Fewer allergies, illnesses and vet visits (in other words you save a ton of money!) and 3) The questionable quality of many processed dog food ingredients.

However, in this article, I wanted to highlight reasons that are often overlooked in choosing a steady diet of homemade recipes vs. processed food for your pet.

Overlooked Reasons To Go Natural

1. Control

When you make your own recipes, you control every, single ingredient that goes in. For dogs with allergies, remove ingredients from his favorite recipes until you find the culprit. Or better yet, start with just a few basic ingredients.

With processed food, you have to switch foods and it is likely that the heavy grain concentrations or additives in his kibble are causing the allergies in the first place.

Is your dog overweight, does he/she require less protein? Again, you can control every ingredient to match your dog’s nutritional need perfectly.

2. Community

There is such an incredible community that exists on the Internet now for owners who prepare their own dog food recipes.

When you join the ranks, you will be embraced and you will meet some of the most passionate, caring dog lovers who have as their mission your dog’s full and vital health. (This is not something that can be said for your average corporation in charge of profits for selling dog food.)

You needn’t stagger around not knowing what to do, or where to buy the best supplies or how to prepare delicious and healthy recipes. There are plenty of people to help you along the way with advice, books and other recommendations.

You will be among so many friends who will love you and your dog.

3. Creativity

With homemade dog food recipes you are free to experiment with so many varieties of food for your pet. I shudder to think about millions of dogs who live their whole lives eating sub-standard, processed food every single day. (They must truly love us because they hardly complain…)

Feeding our pets has turned into a boring, meaningless routine based mostly on convenience (not necessarily the best nutrition.)

But with only a small amount of effort and really not too much additional time, feeding time can turn into a great adventure for you and your pet. The smile on your dog’s face at feeding time will make your heart burst because he / she knows that a wonderful surprise awaits.

Conclusion

There are several more less common (but important) reasons I can highlight for choosing a homemade dog food recipe over processed food; however those will have to wait for another article.

In the meantime, remember the three C’s (control, community, and creativity) as you being to experiment the joys of feeding fresh homemade recipes to your dog.

Woof, woof!