The key is fresh food - fresh is best!! Fresh food lies at the heart of healthy eating, as it’s unadulterated and packed with vitamins and nutrients. Fresh food is the key to providing good food to your children and family.
If you are making homemade food for your children – choose fresh, whole, organic and seasonal foods. Growing fruit, vegetables and herbs in your own garden is a fantastic way to guarantee a fresh seasonal diet.
An obvious benefit of homemade food is you make it – so you know exactly what you are feeding your child. Home preparation allows you to control the ingredients so that your baby is fed only wholesome foods without any unnecessary fillers or additives.
If you provide fresh, homemade food early in your child’s life, it will shape your babies tastes in preferring fresh foods over canned or pre packaged foods. From when you first introduce solids – choose fresh produce. Prepare the fresh food and freeze whatever food you aren’t using in the short-term – this will lock in all the goodness. This way you can be sure the food you are feeding your child is optimally packed with nutrients.
As parents ourselves, we fully appreciate that with the pace of modern life it’s not always practical to make your own food. Thankfully, convenience doesn’t necessarily have to impact the quality of the food we eat. There is a great selection of good commercial alternatives today. In terms of commercial infant and toddler foods - you can buy a range of organic and unadulterated products.
Consider however that some commercially available products are designed to last for years past the date of purchase…which is not exactly fresh. The ingredients of some commercial foods have been heated to extremes and then cooled, in order to give them a long shelf life. This process can destroy the flavour and some of the nutrients of the food.
Therefore, the vital thing is to ensure you check that whatever you choose - it is made from fresh produce, is wholesome and free of additives (like preservatives, thickening agents and sugar).
Remember fresh is best - the healthiest foods for your baby and children are the ones you make yourself– you know what’s in it, can be sure of using the best quality ingredients, its free of additives, its cheaper and homemade just tastes so much better!
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