One of my littles is a Vata baby which means she's prone to constipation and gas if she doesn't eat the right foods for her Dosha type. The best foods to keep her regular and happy most often includes bananas. Below is my method for making 22 jars of baby food for her (inspired by Ayurvedic science) in under 35 minutes, for roughly $0.83 per 4oz. jar.
What you'll need:
- 1 cup of steel cut oatmeal (find it here)
- 1 12 oz bag of fresh organic green beans (find it here)
- 3 large avocados
- 1 32 oz bag of frozen, organic blueberries (find it here)
- 6 large bananas
This recipe will yield 22 4oz jars and 3 Ayurvedic recipes for Vata Dosha babies to prevent gas and constipation and encourage sleep.
- Cook oatmeal according to instructions and set aside. At the same time, start green beans to boil in a pot and place all 6 bananas on a cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes at 325 degrees.
- While those items are cooking, thoroughly blend the blueberries in a food processor and set aside.
- When done, remove bananas from oven, slice, and spoon meat into food processor. Blend until smooth.
- Add blueberries and continue blending until you have a smooth blueberry/banana mixture with no visible blueberry skins. This creates roughly 50 oz of puree.
- Pour the mixture into a separate container, but keep 20 ounces in the food processor.
- Drain the green beans and add them to the blueberry/banana mixture in the food processor. Blend thoroughly. This is baby food recipe #1 - blueberry, banana and green beans.
- Rinse out the food processor and pour in 15 ounces of blueberry/banana mixture.
- Spoon out the meat of the avocados and add them to the food processor. Blend thoroughly. This is baby food recipe #2 - blueberry, banana and avocado.
- Rinse out the food processor again and pour in the remaining blueberry/banana mixture. Add the oatmeal and 2 tbsp of ground cinammon (optional). Blend thoroughly. This is baby food recipe #3 - blueberry, banana and oatmeal.
This method will yield 22 4-oz jars of baby food (a week's worth).
How to store and serve: Store in individual 4 oz containers like these from Glad, these from Rubbermaid (my fave), or these from Little Sprout and freeze until needed. To serve, heat in the microwave for 1:30 minutes, stir thoroughly and serve warm.
- Place your oatmeal in your food processor first while dry and grind it up as small as possible. This will help it cook faster.
- For the health of your baby, the avocados and bananas do not need to be organic, but the green beans and blueberries should be.
- Grains in oatmeal trigger insulin production - naturally raising your blood sugar to make you feel sleepy. Oats are also rich in melatonin, which relaxes the body and helps you fall asleep. Use this to your advantage and feed your baby 4 oz. of your blueberry, banana, oatmeal puree to help your baby sleep through the night.