On the Go Toddler Puree Snacks

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Are you among the many of us who have purchased a baby food processor during your child’s first year of life? Is it gathering dust because you don’t know what to do with it? Break that baby out! It still has great utility. It can save you money, help you “go green,” and let you tailor your child’s snacks to fit their needs and tastes by making your own easy puree snacks. Creating these simple and nutritious purees at home also means that you can know exactly what ingredients are going into your child’s food and still easily give you a grab-and-go snack on your way out the door. You will like these simple snacks because of how little time it takes.  Your children will love it because of the great tastes, while also having fun eating from adorable pouches, and you will love it because you get to use your food processor. 

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Pear and Butternut Squash Puree


This is a great recipe because butternut squash contains beta-carotene, vitamins A, C, and E, folate, iron, and potassium. 

What you will need:

  • 1/2 butternut squash  or 1 acorn squash 
  • 2 pears

Mix:  

  1. Working with butternut squash can be difficult and deters some people because you have to wrestle with its toughness to clean and chop it. One hint to aid this process is to cut it in half, clean out the seeds, and peel it with a potato peeler.
  2. After the squash is chopped, steam it for 15 minutes or per the recommended time on your steamer.
  3. Add the peeled and chopped pear, and then steam them together another 5 minutes. 
  4. Blend.
  5. Add the puree to a Squooshi and watch your child enjoy it!

 

  This recipe was adapted from Annabel Karmel.    

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Berries and “Cream” Puree


Rich in potassium, berries are also a great source of protein and fiber.  Meanwhile kefir contains calcium, magnesium,  phosphorus, vitamin B1, B12, vitamin K,  biotin,  folic acid, pantothenic acid, as well as minerals and essential amino acids.

You will need:

  • 2 cups of mixed berries (we use blueberries, raspberries, and boysenberries)
  • 3/4 cup of kefir 

For a fun treat try replacing the kefir with 2 frozen bananas for an easy ice cream!  

Mix:

  1. In your baby food processor or blender, add all of the ingredients and blend thoroughly. 
  2. To thicken the mixture, add more berries.  To thin it, add more kefir or the milk of your choice.   
Be sure to try these delicious  dairy free ice creams with your entire family!

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Sweet Potato, Apple, and Corn Puree


For the toddler who may have difficulty eating vegetables, we recommend this recipe. The naturally sweet flavor  of this combination makes for a delicious snack with hidden nutrients. Apple is rich in vitamin A and potassium. Spinach is a great extra nutrient to add to a puree because it can be pretty easily hidden with bolder or sweeter flavors. 

You will need:

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 apple (pink lady or Honeycrisp apples add great flavor)
  • 1/2 cup sweet corn 
  • 1/4 cup of spinach (optional)

Mix:   

  1. Peel and cube the sweet potato and apple.
  2. Cut the corn off of the cob.
  3. Steam the potato alone for five minutes.
  4. Add the apple and corn to the cubed potato and cook them another 10-15 minutes or per the directions of your steamer (between 15-20 minutes with the Nutribaby steamer for about 10oz.)
  5. If desired, add the spinach for last 5 minutes. 
  6. Add the mixture to the baby food processor and blend it until smooth. 

 

For a bonus recipe, check out our post on a Spinich, Apple, and Rutabaga puree!
 
Product Recommendation

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If you are in the market for a wonderful baby food processor check out the Nutribaby Five- in-One food processor by BabyMoov. You can also read about it in our post about this and more of Babymoov’s innovative products.

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Mango Banana Puree 


For being so simple, this is a delicious recipe. It contains vitamins A, B6, and C , dietary fiber, potassium, and many others. 

You will need:

  • 1 mango
  • 1 banana 
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice (optional)

Mix:

  1. Peel and cut the mango into pieces and add the banana and lemon juice. 
  2. Blend. 
  3. Add to Squooshi.
For a bit of added nutrients, add a teaspoon of flax seed into any of these the mixes! 

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Photo Credits: Kirsten H.; Ice Cream with berries, Ice Cream with various Berries, Susanne Nilsson, (CC)

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Kirsten

Kirsten is a military wife by day, an artist by night, and an around-the-clock-mommy to her (almost) two year old daughter and a son due in the Fall. She loves to travel and is always dreaming of her next adventure. Her interests include everything from extreme sports like skydiving and rock climbing to languages and studying philosophy. As a Californian now living in South Dakota, there is no taking that golden sunshine out of this California Girl.

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