Hello good readers!
It’s been quite a while I’ve written anything, and I deeply apologize. I do hope you’ve been keeping safe during this dreadful pandemic. Please, don’t let your guards down.

My comeback post is one that has been a popular request from friends and family members this past year, so I’ve finally scribbled something down which I hope will serve you as well as it did me. I’m talking about Purées for babies at the weaning/solid stage and advancing into the toddler stage.
Now, like I always mention when I write such posts, these are based on my personal experiences. It worked for me so I hope it works for you too, but I am in no way a baby expert, just a dotting mum. 🙂

Okay, into the gist.
When making baby purées, one thing that’s amazing is that you can mix up virtually all fruits and vegetables together and they would be edible and right for baby. However, keep in mind to use some type of rations to avoid one dominating the others. This helps produce a good and delicious mix.

Before we go into the ingredients and 3P’s of purées, here are some benefits of making your own baby purées;

  • They are packed with essential nutrients and vitamins because of the presence of fruits, vegetables, tubers and oil
  • They are easy to prepare.
  • They are cost-effective and save you a great deal of time. You get to budget for the ingredients and you can make them in large quantities to be preserved for later use.
  • You get to determine and know exactly what goes into your baby’s system.
  • It’s fun to prepare. 🙂

While introducing solids, these are the fruits, vegetables and other foods I tried out for purées (just once for the last 2 items);

  • Banana
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Avocado
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Sweet and Irish potatoes
  • Lentils
  • Mushrooms
  • Chickpeas

Other ingredients (optional but good)

  • Olive oil
  • Lemon (very optional)
  • Formula or breast milk
  • Powdered cinnamon (optional)

Preparations.

  • Wash all ingredients (fruits/vegetables) that would be blended
  • For the apples, skin them. This is optional but produces a finer mixture.
  • Chop into cubes. This should be done for potatoes, carrots, apples and pears. Avocado and bananas can just be scooped or broken respectively
  • Steam together. I say steam because you preserve the nutrients and colour more when you steam. Aim for 7-10 minutes if you are steaming only carrots, apples, pears and broccoli. Steam for up to 15 mins if you have potatoes in the mix. You can add the other items 5 mins after the potatoes have been in the steamer to avoid overcooking. You can also boil if you are not so sure about steaming

Pairing.
As I mentioned, you can pair all items together in whatever mix you like, so here are some that I did almost all the time.

  1. Banana (2 medium or 1 large)+Avocado (1 medium/small or 1/2 large)+Carrots (1 medium or 1/2 large)+Apples (1 medium or 1/2 large)+ a little bit of water to make it light and a tablespoon of olive oil.
  2. Banana (2 medium or 1 large)+Avocado (1 medium/small or 1/2 large)+Carrots (1 medium or 1/2 large)+ IrishPotatoes (1 medium) + a little bit of water to make it light and a tablespoon of olive oil.
  3. Banana (2 medium or 1 large)+Avocado (1 medium/small or 1/2 large)+Carrots (1 medium or 1/2 large)+sweet Potatoes (1 medium or 1/2 large) + a little bit of water to make it light and a tablespoon of olive oil.
  4. Banana (2)+ Avocado (1)+ Apples (1) or Pear (1) + olive oil and water.
  5. Banana (2 medium or 1 large)+broccoli(1 medium/small or 1/2 large. Remove florets from the main stump before steaming)+Carrots (1 medium or 1/2 large)+Potatoes (1 medium) + a little bit of water to make it light and a tablespoon of olive oil.

Preservation
After preparing purées, put them in small food containers in rations that can be consumed once out of the freezer to avoid restoring. If baby won’t finish a ration, scoop out the portion you need and put it in a separate bowl to heat up. Place the rest back in the freezer immediately.

If frozen, take out 30 mins-1hr before a feed for it to defrost and then warm in a microwave. If you do not have a microwave or you are not comfortable using one, place the food bowl in another container containing hot water and warm like you would breastmilk. Remember the meal isn’t cooked, so there’s no need to place it in a pot to heat up.

Freezer ready Purée!

One tip, Banana should be a constant in all the meals you prepare, it’s a natural sweetner.

I hope you enjoy making these purées for your baby. Please comment and share your experience if you do.
Till my next post, keep safe and take great care.

Love
Nonso!

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