My dh and I are trying to eat healthier. We especially want our dd to have the very best. She is 14mo now and we started her on solids when she was 11-1/2mo. I still breastfeed her also. We were lucky enough to find a store that sold organic baby food and a couple of other organic foods. But they have a limited variety and dd is starting to get bored. So far she has had regular organic rice & pasta, orgainc lentils, organic oatmeal, frozen organic carrots & peas and organic "cheerios". I am not too creative so now I am running out of ideas.
But the REAL problem is that I have nowhere to get any organic fruits (only frozen blueberries & strawberries). I would like to give her fresh fruits and vegetables. Are any non-organic fuits & vegetables "safe" or "close enough"???. Is there a list of the least contaminated (regular) foods that I can use to choose wisely?? What about when I prepare her food... is there a way to lessen or eliminate any of the toxins by pealing or steaming??
For now I guess we're stuck with just a few organic foods to choose from so I must learn to be creative. Any ideas for baby foods, recipes, baby cook books?
I wrote a baby food cookbook which was just released in December called Simply Natural Baby Food. You can check out my site for tips and recipes at www.simplynaturalbooks.com.
At that age, she can eat mostly what you are eating but go slowly as she is just starting. Sounds like you are giving her a nice variety. Don't forget fats though - omega-3 fatty acids are important as well as calcium and iron. I recomend people grind up nuts and seeds in a coffee grinder and mix it into oatmeal, applesauce, etc. to get those fats and minerals. If you do dairy, organic yogurt might be a good choice too.
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Marlena- Good ideas. Garlic....never thaught of that! Dd loves lentils but she is not too fond of broccoli. BTW why don't you give your dd any nuts? Are you affraid of allergies or choking?
Branwyn- The book you mentioned also sounds helpful. I could use lots of ideas.
Jane- We live in Puerto Rico. I can get bananas, guavas, coconuts, papayas, oranges, grapefruit, breadfruit, avocados, yams,and aquash in my parents back yard (when in season). But apples, pears, grapes, peaches, plums, berries, broccoli, spinach, celery and other fruits & vegetables don't grow down here (I think). Organic foods aren't popular here either. The markets that I have visited buy their things from other farmers and there is no way of knowing if they are organic or not, kwim?
Does anyone know where I should go, who I should ask or how to start my search for an Organic Farmer's Market???
also, organic trade assoc always has lots of info http://www.ota.com
I am not a big peanut fan - can be allergenic and not so much nutrition. We use almond butter or tahini (sesame butter) instead of peanut butter.
So, place a handful of nuts and/or seeds into coffee grinder. Mix about a teaspoon of ground mixture into 1 serving of applesauce or oatmeal. By the way, oatmeal, applesauce and nuts mixed together is very good - even for adults!
We learned about a buying club through our midwife & joined a large group of ppl who bought bulk goods through a distributer. Organic produce has a much longer shelf life than nonorganic which means buying in bulk will save you $, not to mention health benefits. The buying club was beautiful; a large cooperative of folks buying our food together once a month, even splitting cases of items.
We moved out of state & I found a new distributer by searching online & recieved their cataloge but the club in our area is no longer together & I'd have to start a new one which I may do when I have the time. Until then we're buying organic produce that's in season.We'll go w/o certain things until we can find organic, like grapes. I pass up the imported stuff if I can afford to.
I prefer as much local produce as possible. The fresher the better. So many vital nutrients are lost in shipping of produce. Therefore in winter months we're limited to certain fruits. Apples, oranges, banannas are readily available in the winter here, & we'll go w/o some until it's in season again.
Frozen berries are wonderful in smoothies. I buy the silken tofu & blend it w/ fruit, soymilk & juice, & adding protien powder. This can be frozen into pops too. Our kids love them when they're sick.
(To eliminate pesticide resudue from nonorganic produce, always peel it if you can.)