Feb 04

Love? You Can Grow That!

you can grow that

The You Can Grow That! theme for February is love, an easy subject for a new grandmother.
From the very moment the upcoming birth announcement was made my life was forever changed, more than I could even imagine.


Stealing Grammie's heart.

"You are what you eat" is much more than just an expression, and I knew right away I wanted to help 'Sprout's' food be as healthy as possible.
Organic baby food is incredibly expensive, yet so simple to make.

grocery store baby food

A jar of carrots should contain carrots, maybe a little water, and nothing else.
The only way to really know what is in a baby's food is to make it yourself.

Here's one Grammie's tips for healthier baby food:

1. Grow or buy organic the vegetables most likely to have higher doses of pesticides. Here's the list.
2. If space is limited, plan your garden based on what foods you expect the baby to be eating. Carrots, peas, beans and squash are much more likely to be in his diet than eggplant and peppers.
3. Learn to safely can foods and how to properly freeze, and which foods can be stored fresh the longest. Check some of the links to the right under 'How to Store' to learn more.
4. Follow your pediatrician's recommendations for introducing new foods to the baby.
5. Don't reinvent the wheel. Look at the grocery store shelves for fruit and veggie combo ideas. Trust me, a lot of research went into it already.


Sprout's pout.

Aww, look at that face... I just may have to give over more of the garden.
Here's a great resource for recipes and tips.

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    • Maureen Kuntzmann on February 4, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Wonderful information in this pesticide age. Thanks for putting this together for new moms and mommoms everywhere.

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    • gj on February 4, 2013 at 7:37 am

    My pleasure, I can’t stomach the idea of him consuming that poison.

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    • Laila on February 4, 2013 at 8:26 am

    First of all Congrats!!! What a great idea, the baby will learn the taste of real vegetables instead of a combination of E-numbers, starch and sugars!

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    • Karen McMaster on February 4, 2013 at 9:26 am

    way to go Grammy~great article..great information. and most pediatricians will suggest starting with yellow/orange veggies and working your way from lighter in color vegs to the darker ones. eg; apples, carrots , squash, peas, spinach. We used to make our own baby fruits and veggies too and by the time we began working on the meat mixed with veggies the baby was eating more solid foods.

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    • gj on February 4, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Thanks Laila, I also hope to have him helping out in the garden as soon as he is able.

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    • gj on February 4, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Thanks Karen, that’s good to know. It sure has been a while and they change what they recomend. Now I have an even better idea of what to grow.

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    • cheryl sigler on February 4, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    totally gj i shared the article actually most articles you wrote and shared for the most part whos going to listen to me right ??? so why not if you dont take my word then read up on gj’s article and her post read for yourself is what i got to say —i cant express any better –esp. when comes to my own family sometimes i get the feeling that ok ma we heard it already and they do listen but at a slow pace and sometimes i feel its easier if i make it theyll take it other wise there well lazy do you know what i mean i can only do what i can for the most part i hope some day it will finally kick in —ugh if my grandkids lived closer where i can afford to go there more often i would just shove the homeade up there arse to make sure there getting for the most part something good —and homeade lol–and when im the only one who gardens period — its just to drn easy for them to get instant reaction sure i still go to the store buy stuff but for the most part i do cann-dehydrate etc. to set example of some things i can do for myself its better than nothing or at least not trying –ugh the kids today need to step back not be so fast paced ugh //thnks gj

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    • gj on February 4, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Take a deep breath Cheryl, and know that you are already doing the best possible. Sometimes people listen better to a whisper more than a shout. You have shown them the way, you have told them. Now just take a step back and enjoy your garden.
    You have successfully planted the seed of information, give it a chance to grow. It may take years, but it will happen. <3

  1. Congratulations on the new grandchild! We have 4 children and my wife and i have always made all of our baby food from scratch. So much better for them and cheaper. And really not so time consuming once you make it part of your daily food preparing routine. Great Post!

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    • gj on February 5, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Thanks FK, we also did when our own kids were small. That’s been a long tome now, and much has changed in the food industry. Now it has become more of a health issue than the money saving one it was when ours were little.

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    • Kim on February 12, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    I love the sprout’s pout photo!

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    • gj on February 13, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Thanks Kim! My daughter said it wouldn’t be a good pic, since you could only see half his face. I thought, in this case, half was all that was needed.

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