We all know that our baby’s health and well-being is of top priority for any parent. Having said that, as a busy parent it’s not always possible to find the time (or energy for that matter) to provide healthy and nutritious meals for our children. This proves even more difficult for busy, on-the-go parents, which means it’s easy to resort to pre-packaged snacks for the kids.
I’ve been making this Homemade Cereal with Puffed Rice for my kids since they were babies. They’re now 2 1/2 and 4 years old but they still love this healthy, naturally sweetened, wholesome cereal.
Although many companies have jumped on the ‘all-natural’ and ‘organic’ bandwagon it’s important for parents to be aware of the ingredients that these products contain. One of the only ways to know what actually goes into your baby’s food is by making it yourself. In the last few years a variety of packaged finger foods have turned up on the market. Although they offer variety for baby they also contain a ton of hidden unhealthy ingredients and just aren’t as healthy as you might think. Here’s why;
- They are highly processed, which means they contain a variety of unhealthy ingredients as opposed to wholesome ones in their purest state.
- All of the contain sugar, which is definitely not necessary to feed baby from an early age.
- Baby finger foods are much more expensive than regular foods. Simple foods that can be made or prepared at home can cost more than double when purchased already made.
- Many contain high levels of sodium. Making your own finger foods means you can control the amount of sodium that goes in them.
My kids love this simple recipe but I often add other healthy ingredients, such as;
- ground flax seed, chia or hemp seeds
- shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
- crumbled nuts (babies 12+ months)
- dried fruit (chopped finely)
- chocolate or carob chips
- rolled oats
- raisins or cranraisins