Category: Healthy Food

Free Baby Food – Could You Feed Your Baby for Free?

Ok, I admit right here that I have been searching high and low on the internet on how one may get hold of some Free Baby Food. It’s not easy. I managed to find some links to free samples which I’ll share with you at the end of this article. But, unfortunately, there is no such thing as a free lunch.

However, the second best option is quite simple and more beneficial for your little one. Making your own, real, homemade baby food. If you haven’t done it before I promise you it’s really easy and I urge you to give it a try. One of the biggest benefits of making baby food at home is that you are making it out of fresh ingredients, fresh fruit and vegetables jam-packed with all the nutrition you need. Shop bought baby food is not as healthy as you think, you know.

Plus it is cheaper. A lot cheaper. There are lots of recipes on this site to get you started and one thing you’ll notice is that they’re incredibly simple, and use basic ingredients. You make food in bulk and freeze the rest, ready for the next week or month. You could use an ice cube tray but the compartments aren’t really big enough. You could get hold of these cheap Happy Mummy Baby Cubes Food Portioners (Stage 2) that do the job perfectly.

Now, back to the free baby food (well ok, free baby samples at least) I promised.
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At Hipp.co.uk if you register and join up to the Hipp Organic Baby Club you get free samples as well as

 

  • Personalised pregnancy & baby development calendars
  • Personalised emails with expert advice & developmental information
  • A-Z of health-related topics
  • Samples, money off coupons, special offers, and competitions.

 

Plum-Baby.co.uk are running a little survey. All you have to do is fill in the questions to win £50 worth of free baby food The survey is here.

For our friends in the U.S., I managed to find free samples of food at Babies Online as well as free magazines, coupons for diapers and other paraphernalia Click here.

Finally, in the UK, the government are giving away free milk, infant formula, vegetables and vitamins under the Healthy Start Scheme which you may well be eligible for:

Who is eligible for Healthy Start?

You may qualify if you’re pregnant and/or have at least one child under four years old and your family gets any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit unless your family is receiving Working Tax credit run-on only) with an annual family income of £16,040 or less (for 2009/2010)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • if you are pregnant and under 18 years old

Please note – Working Tax Credit run-on is the Working Tax Credit you receive in the four weeks immediately after you have stopped working for 16 hours or more per week.

More details of this can be found at the direct.gov.uk website.

Failing all that start making your own baby food. You and your baby won’t regret it! We have a wide range of easy recipes on this site to get you started. How about starting off with Strawberry, Papaya and Yoghurt Puree or Creamed Leek and Potato to get you started?

All the best!

8 Reasons Why You Should Give your Baby Broccoli

As your baby grows and starts to take solid foods, you’ll definitely want to offer only the best and nutritious foods. Babies require vitamins and other essential minerals as they develop. Vegetables are an excellent source of these vitamins and essential minerals thus vegetables are a great choice for mothers looking to provide their children with their first food. One of these numerous vegetables is Broccoli. On bembu.com’s list of the 20 healthiest foods on earth, this vegetable ranks number 6.


Why Broccoli?

Broccoli is an excellent choice for babies and you can start giving your baby broccoli when he/she is between the ages of 8 to 10 months old. It is not proper to start your baby’s solid food journey with it, as it can cause gas problems but believe, it has a wide array of benefits when the baby starts to get used to solid food.

It is of great importance that mothers understand how to select the best broccoli and what the best way is to prepare it for the baby. Remember the baby’s stomach is tender and not used to rough solid foods. Make sure you purchase a fresh and raw broccoli with tight florets. The stalk of the broccoli should be light green.


Preparation

How you prepare your broccoli is also crucial for the health of the baby. Broccoli must be properly washed before commencing cooking. Remove the stalks from the fresh broccoli and soak the rest in water for some minutes. Rinse the broccoli under some running water and dry it with a clean piece of clothing. Cook the broccoli in a medium-sized pan and allow it to cook over medium heat for 15 minutes.

Drain the remaining broccoli and rinse with cool water for some minutes. Puree the broccoli in a blender until you achieve a consistent cream texture. Make sure the broccoli is as smooth as possible. You can add some formula or breast milk and serve it with several other foods. You can serve it with beef, salmon, chicken, carrots and brown rice. You can store the remaining broccoli in a refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Benefits of broccoli for babies

1. Immunity

Broccoli is very crucial in boosting the immune system of the baby. Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin C, beta-carotene and several other minerals that are essential for promoting the baby’s immune system. This green vegetable contains minerals like selenium, zinc, copper and phosphorous. These minerals are crucial for the healthy development of the child. They strengthen the immune system of the baby that is not yet fully developed, helping it fight off infections.

2. An excellent source of soluble fiber

The baby’s bowel is tender and needs to be loosened as the child grows. This can only be achieved by a soluble form of fiber. Broccoli provides children with soluble fiber that easily changes its form as it passes through the bowel. It helps loosen up the bowel, helping with the digestion of other solid foods. You can add broccoli to almost all baby recipes to help the baby’s digestive system as he/she get used to solid food. However, avoid giving the baby too much soluble fibers as it can cause diarrhea. Insoluble fibers do not change its form and can be too bulky for the baby leading to constipation.

3. Development of healthy bones

Broccoli is highly recommended for the babies who their bones are still developing. Broccoli is rich in Calcium and essential component in the development of healthy bones. There are close to 47 milligrams of calcium in 100 milligrams of broccoli showing the high presence of calcium in the vegetables. Other essential minerals in the broccoli include phosphorus, magnesium and zinc all which are necessary for small children. Babies are prone to osteoporosis, calcium deficiency and weakening of bones and teeth. An addition of broccoli to the diet of your child can significantly improve their health.

4. Detoxification

Broccoli has vitamin C, sulfur and amino acids making it an excellent choice for detoxification. Free radicals and toxins in your baby can cause various ailments among them are rashes, boils, and itches. Children pick almost anything they find and put it in their mouth and are at risk of infections. Toxins like uric acid from your baby, need to be cleared immediately. The body has its mechanism for removing unwanted and harmful substances. However, that might not be the case with babies whose systems are still developing. Additional of broccoli to baby foods can be great in removing harmful substances from their bodies.

5. Prevention of a wide variety of diseases

Broccoli is known to act as a wonder drug for various types of cancer. With the rising cases of cancer worldwide, it is crucial that you introduce broccoli to your baby early enough to prevent instances of cancer cases. It is also essential for mothers with high levels of estrogen in their bodies. Broccoli has anti-carcinogenic compounds like beta-carotene and selenium that are excellent anticancer agents.

 

6. Keeps the baby’s skin healthy

The presence of vitamin C and antioxidants like beta-carotene makes broccoli an excellent choice for skin care. Children can develop various forms of skin infections as they grow and adapt to their new environments. These compounds coupled with others like vitamin E and vitamin B complex supports the development of healthy skin in babies. Your baby skin will appear shinier and brighter leaving them looking good as they grow. They help reverse the adverse effects of too much exposure of your child to the sun.

7. Cataracts and eye care

The vitamin B complex, vitamin C, and E are essential for ocular development. These substances help prevent the tender eyes of the child from cataracts and macular degeneration. The baby’s eyes are still weak and cannot handle too much radiation from the sun. They protect the eyes while helping repair and damage from emissions.

8. Anemia

Babies that lack iron are likely to develop anemia. This is the reason most mothers are supplemented with iron during their pregnancy to supply enough for the child. Well, continue with the iron supplementation when the child starts to eat by adding more broccoli to their food. Broccoli is rich in iron and an excellent remedy for anemia in children.


Conclusions

The list of broccoli benefits is endless, but mothers must exercise
caution when feeding their children. Too much broccoli can cause some reactions like skin rashes. Give it moderation and supplement it with other foods. Your kids will start enjoying these benefits helping them live a healthy life.…