I know some people roll their eyes at the thought of how much time you must have in order to “waste” some making baby food. However, I have found it to be the total opposite. If I take about 2 hours, I can make enough food to last me a month!
Now that Chunky Monkey is 1, I am making squeeze packets and freezing quick vegetable snacks, but I have been making his food since he started solids (at 6 months).*I’ll post some baby food ideas soon.
Here is a quick and easy way to make DIY healthy squeeze packs for your 1-year old. These are squeeze packs (using the Infantino Fresh Squeezed system). Half of the cost is the Fresh Squeezed “station” which you reuse every time you make the squeeze packets. Total worth the $16 cost! *And actually a friend of mine has been lending me hers. So find a friend to share with and you’ve just scored an even better bargain!
It’s then $13 for 50 DIY squeeze packs (Prices are from 2/2015 on Amazon). That’s less than half the price that you pay for pre-made packs.
Plus, you get to control what ingredients are in the packs (organic, gluten-free…whatever your pleasure). My son is loving fruit smoothies right now, so pre-making squeeze packs means I only have to get my blender dirty once a month, too. yeah!
Here are some ingredients for your DIY squeeze packets:
- Smoothie: Whole milk, Greek Yogurt, Frozen fruit, coconut oil (to help digestion), and I sneak in some cooked beets.
- Carrots, Butternut squash and coconut oil
- Quinoa and applesauce
- Chicken, apples, and yams
*I’d love some more ideas, so please post recipes you have used for your squeeze packs in the comments below!
Here are some great step-by-step instructions on how to use the Fresh Squeezed system (although it is super intuitive and about the easiest DIY thing I’ve ever done.) My only tip is to be sure your food is really blended, or you will get stuck trying to push a chunk through the tiny opening.:-)
They can be frozen for a few months and easily thaw by taking them out a day before you plan to eat them, or putting them in a mug of warm water (the same way you warm up a bottle).