This is my newest edition to my puree repertoire and it was a big hit with my son! For me, a good puree is very colourful because more colour equals more phytonutrients. This meal is packed full of many important nutrients such as folate, dietary fiber, vitamin’s C , B’s and A, magnesium, iron and tryptophan.
In my puree blends I mix and match my fruits and veggies. I feel that this exposes my son to many different flavour combinations, hopefully making him less picky in the future. I am very lucky to have a son who LOVES food and will eat pretty much anything I feed him, but I would like to think it has to do with the way I make his meals with lots o’ love.
I use all organic produce and you really can taste the difference. Nowadays the price of organic produce is quite comparable to the non-organic and packs a nutritious punch. Its a worthwhile investment to give your kiddies the very best.
Ingredients:2 beets 4 carrots 4 apples 1 sweet potato
With a 6-9 month old you want to remove the skin on all vegetables before steaming. Lightly steam each of the veggies together or separate. Do not use too much water as you can throw the remainder into the puree, which will add the minerals lost from the steaming process. With a Baby Bullet, food processor or Vitamix puree all the veggies. This may have to be done in stages since some babyblenders are too small for big batches. Put the blended contents into a bowl and mix up all the veggies. I make my puree’s very smooth for 6-9 month olds, but you can increase the texture as they get older in preparation to eat solid foods.
When I made this recipe I doubled it up and stored it in jars. I either freeze them or can them (canning kits can be found at Superstore and they come with everything you need along with a good instructional DVD). Once frozen they will last one month and canned food will last six months.
*One nutrient that I am the most mindful of when I make baby food is iron. At six months of age their need for iron greatly increases. If you want to super charge your puree with iron then add a couple spoonfuls of boiled pureed organic free range chicken breast. Steamed kale can also be used and does not alter the flavour.
This tasty and nutritious meal is sure to be a hit with your wee one’s as well!
Dr. Michelle Peris is a Naturopathic Doctor whose goal is to inspire health through educating, motivating and empowering people. She has a family based practice out of a clinic in Oakville, Ontario.
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