Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Make Your Own Monday - Baby Food

Check this shit out from Sydney U.

The survey, which involved 429 children from Western Sydney aged 6 to 24 months, found that all but one of the children consumed 'extra' foods during the three-day period of the study.

All but ONE child in three days ate a junk food of some kind, all children being less than two years old?! You're telling me 428 children in a three day period ate some sort of junk? Well, that's to be expected. One in three days is a treat, right?

Fats and oils and products such as biscuits, pastries and cakes were consumed by 90% of the children over the three-day period when their intake was recorded. One in four (41%) of the children studied consumed cordials daily, and another 29% did so on alternate days.

That's 70% of children drinking a cordial at LEAST every other day. Cordial? Is sugar syrup. Nice. Pastries are being consumed by 90% of children under the age of 2! Two thirds of children ate sweet biscuits on the MAJORITY of the days - meaning two out of three. Two thirds of children are eating sugary biscuits two thirds of the week!

So, I bring you: Make your own damn baby food. There is absolutely no reason that all but one child should be eating sweets, expecially when the bottom age is six freakin' months. Who on earth is giving their six month old biscuits two days out of every three?!

Thank heavens for websites like this, promoting making your own baby food. Basically most of the recipes require the fruit you plan on feeding your child and either boiling it in water or simply mushing it with a fork. How hard can that be?! Surely not harder than opening a chip packet.

Now I don't have children* so I decided to make a healthy alternative to apple pie baby food because, well, I'll eat it. Don't judge me.

3 cooking apples
1 egg yolk (for babies 6 months to 10 months,
omit egg yolk and thicken with infant cereal)
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 tsp stevia
1 teaspoon water or apple juice
Small pinch of ground cinnamon

Slice and decore apples. Place scraps in school bowl.
Cover partially with water and squeeze in lemon. Boil over mediu until it looks like this:

Third: Mash and add rest of ingredients. Bake at 350/180 for 15 minutes or until set.

And that's all there is to it! Heck, the rest of the ingredients are even easier. Making full meals is as simple as blending leftover beef with overcooked brown rice. No reason for biscuits again!

*I used to, but I am only allowed to visit on Wednesdays from 2-4pm and I can't bring food. Something about parole.

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