I usually make my own baby food, but occasionally I buy pouches of organic baby food when I’m low on my homemade batches or need something on the go. I just noticed that the HappyTot brand from Dr. Sears includes a grain called salba to add Omega-3.
Salba? What’s salba? Well, it’s basically chia seeds. See in the ingredients list below.
Ohhhhh. So the chia seeds I already have in my frig? Yep, I can use that to add to my homemade baby food to add some Omega-3 – and I rely less on having to buy baby food.
So in my first batch of baby food with chia seeds – I basically blended baby K’s favorite mixture (organic sweet potato, carrots, and a dash of cinnamon) and then added the chia seeds last. BIG MISTAKE. The chia seeds didn’t blend well. I expected them to just be pulverized and mix well into the baby food mixture. But it didn’t. It just looked like I stirred it in, which I guess could be ok. It would just add a bit of texture to the baby food.
But I wanted it totally mixed in without the texture. So I blended the chia seeds on its own for about 30 seconds. That made a chia seed powder. See the powder vs. the chia seeds below.
Then, I mixed a teaspoon of the blended chia seeds into the separately blended baby food. I didn’t need to blend these two together again. And, voila! My own baby food with a boost of Omega-3s.
(Left) My first baby food mixture. You can see the chia seeds in the mixture. (Right) Baby food with blended chia seeds – you can’t see them. Ignore the lighter color – the chia seeds didn’t change the color. These were just two slightly different mixtures. The one on the right had apples too, so it came out lighter.