Baby Food 101- Carrot

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I’m going to start making baby food for Lucas soon! The first one will be carrot.

 

Some fun facts about these orange little creatures:

* They promote good vision! Carrots are the best source of beta carotene, which the body converts to Vitamin A. (Deficiency of Vitamin A can cause poor vision)
* Choose carrots with minimal sprouting at the top and little “hairs” along the body. Why? If the carrot has started to grow, it has been sitting around for quite some time.
* Choose regular carrots as opposed to baby carrots. Why? Some of the baby carrots are not really “baby” carrots at all. They are trimmed to uniformed shape & size. Then they are peeled and apparently rinsed or soaked in chlorinated water! One tip to find out whether they are real baby carrots or “fake” ones: read the packaging label. The very young carrots will say “baby carrots” whereas those made by chopping them down are called “baby-cut carrots”. If you’re keen, read the evolution of “baby” carrots here.

* Choose thicker carrots, because the sugars are concentrated in the core. The bigger the core, the sweeter the carrot ­čÖé
* Avoid keeping carrots with potatoes, apples or other ethylene gas-producing vegetables or fruits.It will shorten their shelf life, and may also make them taste bitter.

* Cook carrots as opposed to serving it raw to your little ones. They are more nutritious when cooked as it breaks down the cell membranes, making the fibre more available to the body and releasing nutrients and sugars.
* Peel the carrots when making baby food as many babies will not be able to digest the skins.

Carrot Baby Food Recipe


~ Puree Carrots ~
1. Slice or Chop
2. Steam or Boil until tender (for about 5 minutes) – steaming is preferred as it allows the beta carotene to be more bio-available
3. Puree with food processor
4. Add formula or breast milk for thicker texture

 


 

Blog Source: I am A Mommy! 

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