Summer has almost officially arrived and with that will bring a great selection of fresh fruits and veggies! Just because baby can’t chew doesn’t mean they can’t get in on the fun. Here are some easy recipes so that baby can enjoy fresh fruits and veggies this summer too!
Summer Squash and Zucchini Puree
Cut squash and zucchini into small bite size pieces, steam them until tender and puree. Add water as needed for consistency.
Cut and de-seed the watermelon and either slice and cut into small bite size chunks for a fun finger food for older babies, or place the deseeded chunks into a blender for a puree. If you want to add some extra flavor to the puree try adding in some banana puree as a nice mix-in.
Cut a ripe, soft cantaloupe into small bite size food for older babies as a great finger food. As a great puree try this cantaloupe cream from weelicious that combines, cantaloupe, banana and yogurt!
Blackberries can be tough as a finger food because of the seeds, we love this Blackberry + Kale + Apple puree from babyfoode.
You can make an easy pear puree by peeling and de-seeding a ripe pear and mashing, for younger babies you can steam the pear and then puree for a smoother consistency. For a fun breakfast option steam the peeled de-seeded pear and blend with 1/4 c yogurt and 1/2 a ripe banana.
Apples are one of baby’s first foods and very versatile, there are several fun flavors to mix with apples for baby. Here are a few of our favorites that also incorporate some other summer faves: Little Mashies Zucchini Apple Blueberry Cinnamon Puree, babyfoode Zucchini + Apple + Kiwi Puree with Mint, babyfoode Apple + Raspberry + Vanilla Bean Puree.
For a simple applesauce peel, cut and core the apple and add to a saucepan with just enough water to cover it. Reserve the liquid and puree the apples, add liquid as needed for consistency.
Often, the transition to solids can make for a constipated little one. If you’re running into this issue here are a few tips to help ease those tummy troubles. Be sure to check with your child’s pediatrician before starting a new food.