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7 HEALTHY BABY PUREES TO MAKE AT HOME

When your baby is about six to eight months old, it is recommended to start introducing soft, smooth food into his/her diet. To ensure that your baby adapts smoothly, try one type of food at a time with an interval of three days. An example is puree, which is one of the easiest and most suitable foods for babies – it is nutritious, homemade, and makes sure that your little ones get their daily dose of vegetables.

  1. Carrot Puree

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Photo credit: Cooking For My Baby

Carrots are full of essential vitamins and minerals, and make a good first vegetable for babies. Some babies may experience constipation, and carrots are a good remedy for that, as it ensures normal bowel movements.

Ingredients:

  • Carrot, 1 (thinly sliced)

  • Water, a little bit

  • Butter, a ‘hazelnut’ size

Instruction: Steam sliced carrots, mix well with water and add butter.

Recipe courtesy of  Cooking For My Baby.

Tip: Save time and energy when you steam food in a Thermos® Shuttle Chef®, here’s how you can do so.

 

  1. Apple Puree

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Photo credit: Parents

A symbol of good health, apple is a great baby food thanks to its antioxidants, flavonoids and fiber. When your baby is ready for baby food, introduce apples to his/her diet by using delicious and fluffy Apple Puree made from fresh apples.

Ingredients:

  • Medium Apples, 4 (peeled, cored, and chopped into chunks)

  • Water, (enough to steam and soften the apples, and to adjust the consistency of your puree)

Instruction: Steam the apple chunks until tender. Let the chunks cool slightly, then transfer the apples to a food processor or blender. Puree to the desired consistency, adding water if needed.

Recipe courtesy of Parents.

 

  1. Banana Puree

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Photo credit: Live Strong

Single-ingredient purees such as the Banana Puree is great for your little munchkins. Bananas are rich in potassium and are gentle on the stomach. While you are making some of these tasty purees, set aside some for yourself – pureed banana can be used as a substitute for eggs when you’re baking for someone is a vegan, allergic to eggs, or simply one who wants to cut down on fat and cholesterol.

Ingredients:

  • Small Banana, 1

  • Milk, if necessary to thin down the consistency

Instruction: Peel and mash a small banana with a fork. Add a little milk if needed to thin down the puree consistency and to add a familiar taste for your baby.

Recipe courtesy of Annabel Karmel.

 

  1. Avocado Puree

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Photo credit: The Picky Eater

With over 20 vitamins and minerals in an avocado, there is no reason why this nutrient-dense fruit cannot be made into puree for babies. Mash the avocado and mix it with breastmilk or milk formula to get the consistency you want. If you have some leftovers, you can even make yourself an avocado on toast.

Ingredients:

  • Avocado, 1

  • Milk, if necessary to thin down the consistency

Instruction: To serve fresh, mash the avocado with a fork. Mix with milk, formula or water to thin down the puree consistency.

Tip: If you wish to freeze the puree and save it for a later meal, you can divide your puree into ice cube trays after blending or mashing the avocado. Wrap or cover the ice cube tray and freeze it. Thaw in the frozen avocado cubes when you are ready to serve.

Recipe courtesy of The Picky Eater.

 

  1. White Fish Carrot & Leek Puree

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Photo credit: Baby Foodie

One of the more complicated recipe on this list, White Fish Carrot & Leek Puree has several health benefits such as one’s increasing IQ, fostering better concentration, boosting brain functions, and many more. The smell of white fish is not as overpowering as tuna or salmon, which makes it a good starter for your babies.

Ingredients:

  • White fish fillet, 16 ounce (about 450 grams)

  • Carrots, 3 (peeled and chopped)

  • Leek, 1 (white and green parts only, chopped)

  • Water, breast milk or formula, ½ cup (to thin down the consistency if necessary)

Instruction: Steam the fish, carrots and leek. Let the food cool slightly, transfer the ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Add ¼ cup of water, breast milk or formula if you wish to adjust the consistency of your puree.

Tip: You can store your puree for up to 3 days in the fridge or 2 months in the freezer.

Recipe courtesy of Michele Olivier from Baby-Foode.

 

  1. Broccoli Puree

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Vitamins, potassium, iron, calcium… you name it. This wonderful vegetable is a great ingredient to introduce into your baby’s early diet. This recipe takes about 15 minutes to make, giving you more time to work on other important matters such as getting some quality sleep that all new parents need.

Ingredients:

  • Small head of broccoli, 1

  • Water, a little (to adjust puree to your desired consistency)

Instruction: Chop the stems and florets of the broccoli into small pieces. Steam the broccoli until soft. Let the broccoli cool slightly, and transfer it to a food processor or blender to blend until smooth. Add water as necessary to achieve your desired consistency.

Recipe courtesy of goodtoknow.

 

  1. Bonus: Banana Custard

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Photo credit: GK Food Diary

This egg-less dessert is made up of bananas, milk and custard powder. This recipe is more suitable for toddlers from one year old and above, and is a great way to incorporate bananas into their diets. This could also be a good chance to introduce the word ‘dessert’ into your little ones’ vocabulary.

Check out the recipe here.

 

Keep your baby foods in a Thermos® Food Jar to ensure its freshness while keeping it warm. Thermos® Food Jars are designed to keep your food well insulated for hours, which is perfect for parents who are on the go, while having your baby with you.

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