APPLE SAUCE/PUREE FOR BABIES-How to steam cook fruits/vegetables for baby food?

Apple is one of the first baby foods suggested universally.An apple a day definitely keeps doctor away and it is really a good habit to have an apple a day as such. Now that the use of preservatives/pesticides are more it is better to peel skin and then consume apple.Today’s post will explain in detail about making apple sauce or steaming cooking a fruit or vegetable. Continue reading “APPLE SAUCE/PUREE FOR BABIES-How to steam cook fruits/vegetables for baby food?”

Pear Puree For Babies

I have been fond of pears since childhood and I love to just grab and bite. The crunchy and juicy taste of pears can be enjoyed only when eaten as such. I somehow found pears very late for my little one. And as I thought making it as a recipe for babies(Check Apple Banana Pear puree here) I did learn that it can be an excellent first food and it is so gut friendly. It is rich in Vitamin C and helps in protecting baby from constipation. It can be given as early as six months. For elder babies even the skin need not be peeled. I have written in detail about pears,nutrients,how to offer to babies and how it has to be chosen.

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Ingredients:

Pear-1

Pear puree

Procedure:

1.Wash pear well.

2.Peel the skin and chop into pieces.

3.Leave out the central part.

pear puree for babies

4.Add it to a blender and make a puree.

5.Feed immediately.

PEARSPUREE

P.S:

Always use sterlised bowls and spoons for babies.

Pears will discolour very rapidly.

There is no need for steaming pear.

For babies above 7 months,grate and offer.

This is a great finger food for babies above 8 months.

Always have a word with your doctor before introducing any new food.

FACTS ABOUT PEAR:

Pear is a fruit which has plenty of vitamins,anti oxidants ,dietary fiber and minerals. They come in many varieties and the classification is based on the land of cultivation. They come in various colours and textures. For babies it is okay to peel the skin but for adults and and kids it is recommended to be consumed with the skin. The dietary fibre present helps in curing constipation and it is low calorie fruit. It is a very light,easy to digest and least allergic fruit which is loaded with Vitamin C ,minerals like iron,copper,manganese,magnesium,ribofavin. This fruit in gut-friendly and also prevents from cancer.

HOW TO CHOOSE PEAR?:

Choose a firm and ripe pear. Pears ripe from inside to outside. hence when you thump the fruit,it should hardly yield to the thump. Do not buy a pear which is very soft and easily easily to your thump. It means the fruit in rotten. Refrigeration is not required for pears. If you wish to refrigerate ,do it after it get ripened. The fruit is ready to eat when it yields to a gentle thump.

CARROT PUREE FOR BABIES

Carrot is one of the highly recommended first foods for babies.They are the best sources of beta-carotene, and it turns into Vitamin A helping in vision development. The phytochemicals build a good immune system and the high fiber content helps in bowel movements.Check out my other recipes with carrot: Carrot Halwa,Carrot Kheer, ABC Puree , ABC Juice , Ragi Carrot Halwa , Carrot Bath.

Carrot Puree

Ingredients:

Carrot-1 small

Procedure:

1.Wash carrot well and peel skin.

2.Chop the end and cut into 4 pieces.

3.In a pressure cooker,add 1/2 cup of water to the bottom and place the carrot in a vessel in the cooker or use a idly pot to steam cook.

Carrot Puree

4.When they soft,use a mixer to blend into a smooth puree.

5.Feed immediately using a sterlised spoon and bowl.


Note:

Always have a word with your doctor before introducing any new food to baby.

This can be given for babies above 6 months.

When baby completes seven months switch to mashed carrot and when baby eight months offer carrot as finger foods.

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Avocado puree | Butter fruit puree

Avocado-This fruit is now very commonly found everywhere though it is mainly cultivated in the U.S.A. When I was hunting on the health benefits of this fruit,few commented that avocado is absolutely nutritious but since most of them are being imported from foreign countries they might have been loaded with preservatives. Hence I have always given a second thought to include this fruit in my baby meal and in my blog. There can a solution to this,when I visited Kodai recently. I came to know that butter fruit is also like avocado and it is cultivated in our own lands and also there are few Indian land areas which cultivate Avocado. I was happy hearing this. The shop keepers said that butter fruit and avocado are same and I too found the same from few resources. When I first tasted it,I literally cursed it for the bland taste. Any baby will not accept such a food. I am always against adding sweetner to fruits,but this fruit definitely  needs some additional ingredient. I am writing in detail about how to choose avacado,how to know the right stage of ripened avocado,health benefits and avocado for babies. Hope you find it beneficial. I have used butter fruit in the below recipe. Do let me know if butter fruit and avocado are not the same fruit.

Ingredients:

Avacado/Butter fruit- 1

Palm Sugar-As per taste

          or

Banana-1/2

avocado puree

Procedure:

1.Wash avacado or butter fruit well.

2.Cut into two halves.

3.You can remove the round seed and scoop the pulp.

how to make butter fruit or avocado puree

4.Add to a blender along with palm sugar/banana and give a quick run.

5.Serve immediately.


butter fruit puree

P.S:

I used a spoon to scoop the pulp out.

If your baby is above 7 months, just mash the pulp with your fingers and offer. I shall soon post recipe of butter fruit smoothie for elder babies.

Always have a word with your doctor before introducing any new food.

Do consider your family history of allergies.

Always sterlise bowls and spoons you use for baby.

Use only ripe avocado/butter fruit. Do taste before feeding baby.

Introduce banana in prior if you are using banana in this recipe.

AVOCADO FOR BABIES:

Avocado/Butter fruit is an excellent first food for babies because of two reasons according to me. There are extremely soft and mushy and loaded with rich nutrients. it has good fat which helps in baby’s brain development and physical development. This fat is monosaturated and it is highly essential fat(rich in Omega 3 fatty acids) which helps in lowering LDL. Please disregard if someone says avocado has fat,so please avoid for babies. These are essential; good fats  and they are a must. You need not cook avocado.Avocado can be given after 6 months in the form of purees. From seventh months offer them mashed and from eighth month offer them as pieces. Avocado is associated with latex allergy.Hence do consider family history of allergies.

HOW TO CHOOSE AVOCADO?

The domestic avocado or butter fruit is seasonal and it is available between June to September,whereas imported varieties are available round the clock.  The butter fruit is slight creamy yellow in colour and avocado is green or brown in colour. You have choose a fruit which yields to a slight thump. It should be neither  too soft  nor too hard. Choose avocadoes with unblemished skin and that are not so shiny.The colour varies depending on the origin. I happened to come across this below image which would help in the right stage of avocado. Hope this helps.Image source-elenaselivan.com

How to choose avocadoHEALTH BENEFITS:

Avocado is a rich source of Vitamin C,A,E,K,B-6,niacin,thiamin and and minerals like iron,potassium,magnesium,calcium. This aids in over all development of baby.

As stated earlier they have plenty of unsaturated fats which help in brain growth and vision development.

it is easy to digest and helps in curing digestive tract infections.

It helps in healing wounds faster,controls inflammation and enhances skin health.

It is also rich folate and helps as an anti depressant.

Avocados have more potassium when compared to bananas and contain 4 times higher fiber than apple.

Butter fruits have a rich concentration of protein and essential amino acids than any other tropical fruit.

Reference:

parentinghealthybaby.com

theindianvegan.blogspot.in

APPLE BANANA PEAR PUREE FOR BABIES

A very simple puree combination for your little one which is extremely creamy and delicious. This can be offered from 6 months. After 7 months prefer to give this mashed instead of puree.

Ingredients:

  • Apple-1(small)
  • Pear-1(Small)
  • Banana-1
  • Water/Formula milk/Breast milk-2 tbsp

applebananapearpuree

Procedure:

1.Wash apple and pear well.

2.Peel and de seed and chop into pieces.

3.Remove the skin of banana and slice.

applebananapearpuree

4.Add them to the blender and grind with water/milk.

5.Serve it immediately.


P.S:

The colour depends on the variety of apple and banana you use.

I chose the golden pear which is yellow in colour and Indian apple which is soft.

You can also remove the black part of banana and blend.

Do not let this puree stay for a long time.

Adding water is optional.

I don’t prefer cooking fruits as I feel there might be a nutrient loss. You can however steam cook pear and apple gently if you wish.

You can offer this after 6 months after ensuring that your baby is not allergic to any of the above mentioned ingredients.

Always sterlise the bowls you use for baby.

Have a word with doctor before introducing any new food to baby.


FACTS ABOUT PEAR:

Pear is a fruit which has plenty of vitamins,anti oxidants ,dietary fiber and minerals. They come in many varieties and the classification is based on the land of cultivation. They come in various colours and textures. For babies it is okay to peel the skin but for adults and and kids it is recommended to be consumed with the skin. The dietary fibre present helps in curing constipation and it is low calorie fruit. It is a very light,easy to digest and least allergic fruit which is loaded with Vitamin C ,minerals like iron,copper,manganese,magnesium,ribofavin. This fruit in gut-friendly and also prevents from cancer.

HOW TO CHOOSE PEAR?:

Choose a firm and ripe pear. Pears ripe from inside to outside. hence when you thump the fruit,it should hardly yield to the thump. Do not buy a pear which is very soft and easily easily to your thump. It means the fruit in rotten. Refrigeration is not required for pears. If you wish to refrigerate ,do it after it get ripened. The fruit is ready to eat when it yields to a gentle thump.

Chikku/Chickoo puree for babies

Chikku/Chickoo/Sapota/Sapodila/Mud apple is an excellent first food for babies. I wanted to post this after hearing this from a TV show. Chikoo is known for its non-allergic property and it is easy to digest. This can be introduced between 6 to 8 months and it can be a fine puree for a 6 month old,just mashed fruit for 7 month old and finger food for 8 months plus. For one year plus babies you can try this ABC smoothie. I have added pointers on health benefits of chickoo and also how to choose the right fruit. The below images will show you how to de seed and peel sapota. Never let your baby miss this delicacy. For all healthy home made baby food recipes and insights on weaning refer here

Ingredients:

Chikku-2 medium sized

sapota puree

Procedure:

1.Wash the fruit well.

2.Split it into two halves and remove the seeds and the stem like part.

chikku puree

3.Scoop the flesh out and add to a blender.

4.Just give a run.

Chikkoo puree for babies

5.Serve your baby immediately in a clean and sterlised bowl and spoon.

Chikko puree


P.S:

Always have a word with your doctor before giving a new food.

Sapota skin need not be removed for elders.

The latex might be present in the fruit when had as such. Apply coconut oil instantly to remove and wash it.

You can also just mash the flesh with your fingers instead of a blender.

How to choose Chikoo?

Choose the ripe chikoo as unripe one will be hard for babies to digest. When you press the fruit hard,the ripe fruit will get crushed. The flesh has to be soft and that is the right stage for consumption. Do not opt for over ripe fruits as the liquid will be oozing out. Always open up the fruit ,look for goodness ,de- seed and then consume. Over ripe fruit might have worms inside. Unripe fruits might cause stomach pain.

Health benefits of Chikoo/Chikku:

  • A power house of vitamins which has Vitamins A,B,C and helps in physical and mental growth,develops eye sight,improves immunity system,aids in brain development,metabolism of lipids,hemoglobin production.
  • Sapota is loaded with minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, copper, selenium, zinc  and anti oxidants.
  • Unripe sapodila acts as a cure for dysentery whereas ripe chikku helps in curing constipation.
  • The fruit is so amazing that it can used even when your baby has congestion and cold. it is rich in its expectorant properties and hence aids it expelling mucous,phlegm and relieves from congestion.
  • The dietary fibre present protects against colon cancer and diuretic properties prevent from kidney associated diseases.

(Reference – parentinghealthybaby.com)

ABC Puree/Apple Beetroot Carrot Puree for babies

How did you like my ABC smoothie? I do make ABC juice,ABC soups often,hence gave a thought about ABC puree for babies. I shall soon post ABC juice and soups which I learnt from few friends. This is ideal for babies above 6 months after having tried apple,beet root and carrot individually. I am not for purees for babies. I feel babies can have mashed foods from 6 months at the worst by 8 months. And too many purees spoil them and they mix textures. This is the reason behind not having given many puree recipes in baby food although I found mommies too keen on puree recipes. ABC juice is a miracle drink and it recommended for cancer cure,heart diseases and perfect complexion. It supplements brain functioning and lung functioning. The combination of apple ,beet and carrot gives a long term health . The power of two vegetables and one fruit is like a super power. It gives you Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6,B3 C, E ,K, Folate, Niacin, Zinc, Copper, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Calcium, Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Selenium, beta-carotene and Manganese. No storing of this combo.Consume immediately after making. I make it with raw fruit and veggies. But here I suggest you to steam vegetables as it is for 6 m baby.

Ingredients:

  • Apple-1
  • Beet root-1/2(medium sized)
  • Carrot-1(medium sized)

apple beet root carrot puree

Procedure:

1.Wash all well.

2.Peel the skin of beet and carrot.

3.Grate them and steam cook.

4.When you are about to add everything to blender peel apple and grate.

5.Just blend them together and serve

apple beet root carrot puree


P.S:

Always consult your pediatrician before trying any new food.

Prefer this for afternoon time.

You can also just mash these together and offer your baby if you don’t prefer blending baby food(I hardly use blender for my baby).

Consider family history of allergy.

Use sterilzed bowls for baby.

I recommend you to go for puree with steamed veggies for 6 months old,move to mashed (steamed veggies) for 7 months to 9 months ,move to just mixing grated and steamed ingredients for 10 months and above one year just give it raw. This is just a suggestion.

The quantity and ratio depends on your taste.