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post #21 of 28
okay. i just pulled my Super Baby Food down off the bookshelf, dusted it off, and read several recipes.

YUMMMY! What was I thinking? I think I got turned off in the beginning by all the charts and stuff. Now that I'm veg*n and have a new-found interest in food and cooking, this stuff looks great! I think even my very-picky 4yo will like these recipes. Plus, there's a veg*n food pyramid in the back. I'm excited that I didn't give it away already.

Thanks for this thread!

(However, I don't see my 4yo eating that Super Porridge. It didn't sound too good. I'll have to stick to Super C Smoothies.)
post #22 of 28
I actually prefer the book Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense by Ellyn Satter. She believes that babies do not need highly pureed foods (and that if a baby can only handle highly pureed foods then s/he is probably not ready for solids anyway). She recommends that instead of spending time pureeing and freezing batches of food, you should spend your time on planning wholesome meals for the whole family and setting aside some for the baby prior to seasoning. My boys have been on basic table food since I started them on solids and they do great. I mash up some things but never use a blender and almost never freeze anything. We have even been able to order them their own plate of food to share when we go out, and all we have to do is chop things up small enough for them to eat.

I mainly use Super Baby Food as a resource to figure out when it's safe to introduce certain foods. And I followed her advice about the very first foods. The first things my babes ate other than oatmeal were bananas, sweet potatoes, avocado, and yogurt. These are still big staples in their diet.
post #23 of 28
Originally Posted by KJP_starmama
I am also someone who grasped the "super porridge" idea, but left a lot of the rest. I, for one, don't like how she says dairy is necessary.

But I've made "super porridge" my own art. I usually buy bulk grains, grind them, mix millet or barley with pureed kale and tofu, or wild blueberries mixed with cooked pureed oat groats. Quinoa mixed with pureed broccoli and cauliflower. And of course I freeze it in ice cube trays. My dd has gotten a lot of whole grains and green vegetables as a result of the ideas I got and expounded on from this book.
Karmel, I know a lot of folks mix the greens in with their porridge, and I'd love to do it, but have never tried it. Have you done the greens since the beginning? How "noticeable" are they, may I ask? We've stuck with the same recipe (millet, lentils, oats or brown rice, wheat germ, flax seed, molasses, and then banana added fresh each morning) that I'm a little wary of varying the formula. I do love that I can get whole grains in, though.


PS. Childishgoth, glad to see you found this thread!

PPS. Sorry for the small hijack. We now return you to your regularly scheduled thread.
post #24 of 28
I've always mixed super porridge with some other type of veggie or fruit so that I could get more fresh things in her diet. I've always mixed kale in with her porridge. I usually boil two head of kale and puree in the food processor. Then I mix with a lot of cooked barley, millet, brown rice, spelt ... whatever. I have a morning version of the porridge with oat groats, spelt, pears, wild blueberries and cherries. Her kale stuff right now has millet, zucchini, tofu, leek, 2 heads of kale and some seaweed. I'm very big on combining things!
post #25 of 28
Well, I was immediately turned off by the book because of the misinformation;
she warns about making sure to get the baby off the breast/bottle by 10 mo. or so, that way they don't develop a "habit"

she pushes solids at 4 mo

she talks about how if you don't feed them solids soon enough you might miss a window of opportunity and does not address late solid eaters

perhaps once my 9.5 mo old actually starts eating solids the recipes will be helpful
post #26 of 28
I know most of you said you didnt bother with the charts. I find them helpful. What I did was take the charts on pages 134 and 135 and have them copied and then had it laminated. One side is a full page of the daily worksheet enlarged so I can write on it and the other is the daily worksheet and "quick reference for super baby food groups". I use a magnet and keep it on the fridge with a washable marker. I dont bother with checking everything off but its a good way for me to kinda keep track throughout the day of what he has eaten. I just write in the spaces what he eats and roughly how much. Its really helped me see that he is getting loads of nutrition and the most bang for the buck!! lol The next morning I wash it and start over.
post #27 of 28
i love it! i do think she has babes eating way more solids than mine ever has, but...i just ignore that part...i have yet to read a book (other than the bible) that hasnt had *some* thing that either shocks/makes me question/i ignore, etc...
post #28 of 28
I don't know about freezing food in ice cube trays. The trays are made of plastic and certainly seem candidates for leaching chemicals, like adipates and phthalates or bisphenol A (from polycarbonate plastic) into baby's food. The old type metal trays are aluminum - also not ideal for food storage. I've been looking into buying some small glass jars, like the kind Earth's Best First Foods come in, but they wouldn't be as convenient - e.g., you can't just "snap out" the cubes. By the way, freezer bags are also plastic. I would use plexiglas glass storage bowls. The lids are quite tight - perhaps not as well sealed as the freezer bags, but no nasty chemicals this way (as long as the food doesn't touch the plastic lids!).
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