Eat Healthy, Keep Baby Healthy and Make Fresh Clean Food on a Budget

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Making Fresh Healthy Baby Food on A Budget

By: Carol Giambri

Are you wondering how can feed your baby and yourself healthy eating fresh clean food?  It does not have to be expensive and can be done on a budget saving money. The good news is that it doesn't have to take a lot of time.  It can be prepared fresh each day or saved for two days in the refrigerator.

Decades ago…

When my kids were young I made their food and we are taking decades back.  I stored them in glass jars and they survived coming out healthy too.  I always loved a back to basics lifestyle so I wanted to find a way to introduce it into the home. 

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Gianna (6) and Joshua (1 1/2)

Give me Grapes

Growing up I lived with cans, bags, boxes and tons of breads and cakes. My parents used to read each others minds.  When one thought we needed something the other went to the store too. They both came home realizing they duplicated their efforts of shopping and groceries.  They were never healthy foods.

However some fruits and vegetables were part of my growing up days.  I used to love iceberg lettuce and my brother gave me the name "bunny" cause I ate like one.  Tomatoes and cucumbers made up the salad with the lettuce.  

Leaving behind the processed fast foods… However I have graduated from the days of processed foods and that is how I got to follow through with feeding my kids as much as I can in the natural organic way. When organics were expensive I did my best to selectively buy what I could afford. For example, a pretty and pricey juicer is wonderful but if you can't afford the ingredients to juice, what good is it.

Why make your own…

  • Save money.  When others prepare it for you it is more expensive than you doing it yourself even if it doesn't look that way
  • More nutritional value. Making your food fresh every day or two doesn't loose as many nutrients as if you bought an item a month ago in a jar.
  • Fresh is best.  The enzymes and foods are fresher with more value.
  • Simple and fast
  • Control the quality without additives or preservatives
  • Allergy awareness monitoring your ingredients

What You Need to Know…

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Grandbaby

  THE LIST…

The Produce Pesticide Report Card for 2011 from EWG

"Buy these organic
Dirty Dozen"
 
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Apples
 
  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Nectarines – imported
  • Grapes – imported
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Kale/collard greens
  • Blueberries – domestic
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Blueberries
 

***Clean 15 – Lowest in Pesticide"

 
Onions

 
Sweet Corn

 
Pineapples

 
Avocado

 
Asparagus

 
Sweet peas

 
Mangoes

 
Eggplant

 
Cantaloupe – domestic

 
Kiwi

 
Cabbage

Watermelon

Sweet potatoes

 
Grapefruit

 
Mushrooms
 
 
What's to eat?
 
Plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and grains if you wish. 
 
 
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I GET IT!
 
You can make delicious foods without cooking very much too.  As long as your digestive system is working well, eating more fresh foods and less cooked should not be a factor.  Even eating more vegan type plant based foods works great.  How about Eggplant with Veggies, or Veggie Balls with Pasta, or Chinese Chow Veggies? Just gotta stretch the imagination, buy books, visit libraries or search online for more ideas.
 
 
Reflecting and Acting…
 
Can you think of how to improve eating healthier and feeding your baby healthier foods too.  Try for yourself one healthy meal a day till you work your way up to three.  Start where you are at, but then improve on your journey. Your baby deserves the best of you and nature's best foods.
 

When the kids get older bring them into the garden to help or borrow some kids who may love gardening and be your helper.

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Carol Giambri is a gardening expert, a health nut, photography addict and frugal shopping supporter of recycled buying.   She hunts for rare and unique shapes of fruits and veggies.  From worm composting, which is a new desire, to homemade cleaning products, eating edible weeds, coaching programs, speaking, copy writing content for blogs, green/recycle talk, dogs and helping her hubby, she loves encouraging people.  Carol plans to write several books on healthy living and gardening.

   
   
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Anita February 1, 2012 at 12:30 pm

I made all my childrens baby food as well. I figured if I wouldn't eat the prepackaged stuff then why should they….I didn't know a thing about organic 25 years ago..just went by taste…I sure wish they had the baby bullet back then :)

Carol Giambri February 1, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Anita, totally still love making fresh foods, but now for the dog when it comes to her veggies which she hates. She still loves to eat her organic meats I make daily. She eats better than most people too.

Nancy Olson, The Celiac Warrior February 1, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Cant say enough about getting away from the processed foods for any age.  Cute picture of the kiddos too!  It is kinda a pet-peev of mine when I know that someone uses to much processed foods but it is the way they choose to live so I kinda zip the lip even when I don't want too!

Carol Giambri February 1, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Nancy, It is surely hard to even watch grandkids eat the “traditional” way, but I have learned to relax on the subject and let people live their lives. I can’t change anyone but me so I go on with what I know. For those ready my system of eating/living is do-able even on a budget. The sickness model is very expensive to try to get back one’s health. Thanks for sharing. Education is power and not by the doctor only–wrong voice sometimes.

Jennifer Bennett February 1, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Love it Carol!  Thanks so much for sharing that list of what we should buy organic!  I've been wondering about that as I would like to buy more organic with each shopping trip! 

Carol Giambri February 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Jenn, Organics  may be more expensive, but knowing where to shop is a key to saving.  Still I hit Whole Foods a lot, and last night bok choy was $1.49 pound–organic. I can see Chinese dinner coming forth.  I have all the ingredients I need, the time and a few minutes it make. Not hours. 

Edmund Lee February 2, 2012 at 1:26 am

I've been making the transition to cut out processed and fast foods from my diet.  Although I still do struggle sometimes with eating fresh fruits and vegetables within 1-2 days of purchasing it, there's a ton of value in it.  Personally, I'm not juicing, but I am blending fruits/veggies together.  However, I still occasionally have the urge to just buy outside food as opposed to simply prepping things from home. 

Kim Garst February 2, 2012 at 6:23 am

I have been slowing incorporating a more healthy eating style. In the near future I am thinking that I am not going to have a choice due to some health issues. Time to get serious about our health…without that, we can't enjoy the rest!

Sherie February 2, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Carol, thank you for the list of the 'dirty dozen" and the "clean 15", I appreciate you sharing that with us!   You gave us great reasons to make our own, thank you!

Carol Giambri February 3, 2012 at 10:16 am

Edmund,
A pat on the back from me. Change takes time and perhaps buying less at the store so you can finish up what you have will help you eat more fresh too.  At least you started–can't say all have gotten that far yet.  Take your time. You can do it!  Call it a journey.

Carol Giambri February 3, 2012 at 10:17 am

Sherie, Education is so powerful and it's a forever process.  Glad you are motivated to make more of your own when the time is right for you. Hope that is now.  You are very welcome for my sharing. Thanks for coming here.

Carol Giambri February 3, 2012 at 10:19 am

Kim, there is so much to learn about healthy eating just like there is for social media. However you can do it with encouragement and making different shopping/eating choices. You can do it! It's a journey–yours and you can only change one person too–you!  Enjoy the ride.  Here for ya!

Susan Preston February 4, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Thank you for such a great as well as informative article, Carol. I love your passion and mission to educate others how to eat healthy and organic. I have been eating more organic and there definitely is a big difference. I appreciate you :)

Solvita February 5, 2012 at 4:10 am

Thank you Carol for educating us on healthy food preparation. It is so good and important to know what goes into our food! You are doing it very well indeed! :)

Lisa Birnesser February 5, 2012 at 6:36 am

Thank you for posting lists of what organic produce to purchase. Clean living is vitally important to your health. I will use this list today!

Carol Giambri February 7, 2012 at 12:51 am

Susan, Yeah.  Glad you are eating more organics and praying that we see is organic is really so.  Keep eating with more live nutrients in it.  Here to help ya!

Carol Giambri February 7, 2012 at 12:52 am

Solvita,
Thanks for your comment. I do my best to educate people in a non threatening way, but hopefully always educational with their buying power. 

Carol Giambri February 7, 2012 at 12:53 am

Lisa, I'm glad the list is helpful. It was a shocker to me to find.  Boy what we buy when we don't know if it is bad. May be expensive as well.  Health is a forever process and glad you stopped by and shared.

denny hagel February 16, 2012 at 2:54 am

Great information Carol! I noticed the other day that even Walmart is selling organic produce now! Thanks for this valuable info, our families and our health are better off for all you do!:)

Anastasiya Day February 16, 2012 at 9:57 am

Carol, yes - Thank you for posting lists of what organic produce to purchase. Thanks for this great post with a lot of useful information! Have a wonderful day :)

Carol Giambri February 16, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Glad to always share Anastasiya. If people can find it useful, implement as they feel fit, then I am happy. Great day to you as well. Appreciate your comments.

Carol Giambri February 16, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Thanks Denny for that super duper compliment. Walmart has been selling organics for a while–not all items, but at least some. Sometimes pricey there. Here in Colorado we have several choices of where to shop so always can find great deals at one of the stores. Also Costco sells organics.

Linda Jo Jenkins February 16, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Love this article Carol–my second child I made my own baby food–it was cheaper then all those bottles and it was better for him :) . Great article–well written. 

Carol Giambri February 17, 2012 at 1:05 am

Linda, It sure is cheaper and healthier too. Thanks for sharing here.

Vicky Savellis-Grant February 17, 2012 at 2:12 am

Great list of what to buy organic.  Thanks for sharing!   

Carol Giambri February 17, 2012 at 9:40 am

Vicki, there is so much to learn so may as well share and help save others a few steps. I know organics can be expensive, but a choice what we buy and how we spend our money. Glad list is helpful.

Jennifer Luna February 17, 2012 at 10:04 am

Thanks for this great infomation on getting your kids to eat healthy on a budget. Goodness it's one of the trickest things to do.
Have a Lovely Day
Jennifer Luna

Hughie Bagnell February 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Hi Carol…Thank you for sharing these lists…it is quite amazing the chemicals that we are exposed to now that our parents were not…I was reading in a magazine that we are now exposed to 469 man-made chemicals that we were not exposed to 30 year's ago…a staggering number….great information Carol! …Thanks, Hughie

Carol Giambri February 19, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Jennifer, It really doesn't have to be expensive to eat healthy.  I even buy things that are pricey, but only a pinch of it like organic ginger that think was $5.99 a pound, but I bought 11 cents only today.  Just for flavor 11 cents works. 

Carol Giambri February 19, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Hughie, It is amazing what we know that others today are not even looking to know. Yikes, but all I can do is do my best for those ready for changes.  I never grew up knowing of fibromy., lupus, chronic fatigue, etc.  Yikes.

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