All this talk of feeding babies has made my little Micah hungry.
He is 7 months and 1 week, and his interest in nursing is currently about a zero. He wants to move, army crawl, and see the wide wide world. If I couldn't offer him bottles of expressed mama milk, I would have to wean him. He is so active. Seriously, even when I feed him with a bottle, he tries to roll over, reach out for nearby toys, and kicks the entire time he's downing 7 oz.
All this movement means he gets hungry! I thought I'd share with you my favorite true first baby food: pureed meats. Organic and grass fed, of course.
Meats provide protein, zinc, iron, and B-vitamins in abundance, are easy to digest, and the iron is in a form (called heme) that is better absorbed than other forms- i.e. cereals. The protein in meats also helps baby absorb even more iron from other foods. Studies have shown that babies fed meats as a primary weaning food, as opposed to cereals, grow at a slightly faster rate. And all that without potentially setting the stage for food allergies. Good deal, huh?
So get yourself the following: (Makes 1 cup)
1/2 lb organic, grass fed chuck roast
a couple sprinkles of Celtic or Himalayan, or other high quality sea salt
and an adorable baby!
Then, cut the beef into two inch pieces, cover with the water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, sprinkle with a little salt, and simmer until the meat is fork tender. (Usually 2-3 hrs)
Put the meat and 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid into a blender or food processor.
(I use my beloved Vita Mix- making baby food has never been easier! Not to mention no clean up!)
You want it to be a smooth, fine puree.
Then find your precious little one and serve! Enjoy!