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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - We're thinking outside the jar when it comes to new parents feeding their babies. Kim Insley served up some of the benefits of making baby food from scratch on KARE 11 Sunrise.

Making Your Own Baby Food recipes:

Simply Banana
Ingredients

1 ripe banana
2 tbs. formula

Peel a very ripe banana and mash in a bowl with fork. To get best consistency, alternate mashing with stirring. Stir in breast milk or formula if you wish. For older babies, serve banana with more chunks. You can also do this recipe with a ripe avocado, instead of banana.

Apple Pear Blossom
Ingredients

2 apples (use apples such as Pink Lady, Macintosh or Braeburn, which are easy to mush)
2 pears
1 cup water or formula

Peel, core and chop apples and pears. Simmer over medium-low heat or steam until tender. Place cooked apples and pears in food processor and puree. Add liquid to create soupy consistency. Let cool and serve. Place remainder in ice cube trays and freeze for later.

Peas Galore
Ingredients

2 cups frozen or fresh peas (if fresh, remove shell)
cooking liquid from peas or formula

Place peas in a pot with water and cover. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 4 minutes. Strain peas, retaining about one cup of the cooking liquid. Puree peas in a blender while gradually adding cooking liquid until desired texture is reached. Let cool and serve. Peas are a starchy item and need more liquid than fruit to get proper consistency.

Supporting Products:
Earth's Best Organic Infant Rice Cereal
Great-tasting, easily-digestible and gentle on baby's system
Contain naturally occurring vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber
Excellent source of iron for infants

Earth Best's Organic Infant Formula
Patterned after breast milk for when breastfeeding isn't an option*
No added growth hormones, steroids or antibiotics
100% of the nutrients doctors recommend for babies during the first 12 months
*Breast feeding is the recommended and most natural way to feed infants.

Earth's Best Organic Baby Food
A huge variety of finely pureed, single and multi-flavor combinations
Specially designed for baby's first food or to introduce new tastes and textures
Try Sweet Potatoes & Chicken Dinner, Tender Chicken & Stars or First Peas

Plum Organics Organic Baby Food
A unique variety of baby foods in 3 stages for ages 6 months and up
Delicious and nourishing; freezing helps preserve nutrients!
Conveniently packed in two, 4-ounce re-sealable and BPA-free containers

Stonyfield Farm Organic YoBaby Yogurt and Drinkable Yogurt
Yogurt is recommended by pediatricians for ages 6 months and up.
Age appropriate protein and calcium levels, plus whole milk for brain development
The drinkable variety works great in sippy cups! Dilute with some plain yogurt if it is too sweet

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