Blendin’ up some Elle foodPosted: October 6, 2010
I seriously scrounge around for activities each morning and afternoon to keep Ava and I busy… When I’m out of ideas we usually just end up doing a craft (cutting up my old magazines and gluing the scraps to boxes and paper) 🙂 Today when I found myself turning to craft-time #2 I decided that rather than vacuum up the paper mess again we should try something new.
In accidentally opening up some of my junk email I had run across this recipe for making baby cereal from scratch. So, since the kitchen needed a good cleaning anyway we decided that the experiment was worth it. It looked easy enough for a 2 year old to help with and if it worked I knew we’d use it up on our hungry little baby!
We did it! Not only was it a fun way to use up some of our afternoon, but I have to say I felt very accomplished with our cereal chilling away in the freezer! I am so happy to feed Elle this cereal made with love from Ave and I!
Here’s what we learned:
Babies digest rice easily and are less likely to be allergic to it than to any other grain. That’s why it’s a perfect first food. Brown rice, which is called for in this recipe, is extra nutritious since the vitamin-packed outer husk is still intact.
Avocado makes a great first food for baby due to its texture and creaminess as well as its high nutrient content. Avocados are often called one of nature’s perfect foods because they are said to contain everything a person needs to survive. A wonderful “good fat” food for baby’s brain and physical development, try an avocado as baby’s first food instead of refined cereals.
So here’s what we made:
Brown Rice Cereal with Avocado
1 cup brown rice, cooked according to package directions
6 ounces breast milk, formula or water
Place the cooked brown rice in a blender with the breast milk/water/formula and avocado. Puree until it’s as smooth as possible. Pour the cereal into ice trays, cover and freeze overnight. Once frozen, pop the cubes out of the trays, place them in a freezer bag or container that’s labeled with the date, and return it to the freezer. Lasts up to two months.
Defrost the cubes, and add more breast milk or formula to develop a smooth consistency. For babies just starting solids, thin the cereal to a semi-liquid consistency. Warm the cereal slightly, if desired. You can change the flavor of the cereal by adding different strained fruits or veggies once your baby has started to eat those foods.