Every day my Instagram feed is loaded with pictures of green stuff – green smoothies, green drinks, green powders. Everyone seems to be going green these days. If you’re not familiar with them, all of this green stuff usually has two intentions: 1) to give us adequate nutrition and 2) to cleanse our bodies of all the toxins and “junk”.
We are very aware that the processed foods we put in our bodies is inadequate. And, yet, we continue to start the most vulnerable of our species off with store bought (processed) baby food.
In my post 3 Reasons to Skip Rice Cereal, I talk about the importance of setting our babies up for optimum nutrition and healthy eating habits. In short (but you should still read it), we are getting our little ones hooked to sugar before they can even walk! I suppose you could call this a sister post with the same mission – giving our babies the best nutrition we possibly can. This is what I personally try to do. I do have a container of Organic Happy Baby Puffs on hand (most of which end up on the floor while my son keeps busy waiting for his meals!) but, other than that, we don’t do any store bought baby foods.
Here are 3 Reasons to Skip Store Bought Baby Food:
- It may have been on the shelf since before your baby was born. Did you know that baby food can have a shelf life of up to two years? Even the “healthier” organic baby food. Think of the preservatives and additives it takes to keep food “fresh” for this long.
- The vitamins and nutrients have been killed off. In order to avoid contamination, the food needs to be cooked at high temperatures. While this may keep food safe, it certainly does not keep it nutrient rich. During the cooking process, the food is actually stripped of it’s vitamins and nutrients. This is where additives come in, to make up for what has been lost but, unfortunately, these substitutes simply can’t replace the real thing. So, we are left with food that has little nutritional value compared to when it started.
- It’s expensive. Ok, so this one doesn’t have anything to do with nutrition but, to me, giving my baby something that is healthier and cheaper is a total win-win. It costs between $50 and $100 a month for store bought baby food. I spend approximately $22 a month on my son’s food. This is a $28 savings from the low end of store bought food costs. That’s a pretty big savings!
I know that one of the biggest draws of store bought food is the convenience but, it’s just as easy to grab a banana on the way out the door! I’ve even fed my son more prepared foods in the car, at a restaurant, the mall… pretty much anywhere. I just throw it in a bowl and go.
These are just a few things to think about the next time you head to the baby food aisle!