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When your child is still a baby, vegetable purees are their main source of nutrients and vitamins. Homemade vegetable purees are not only healthy and nutritious, but are also a lot safer for your child, as they either cannot chew solid food or are still getting used to bits of it. When you make your own puree, you have control over the consistency, flavors and portion. Your baby deserves nothing but the best, so we picked out some amazing recipes for vegetable puree for babies:

1. Avocados

Best for children after the age of 4-6 months, the avocado contains vitamins A and C, niacin, folate and minerals, like potassium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium and calcium.

Ingredients:

1 ripe Avocado

Directions:

Step 1: Peel and take out the pit of a ripe avocado (do not cook)

Step 2: Cut the flesh out and mash it with a fork. You can even blend it to the desired consistency.

2. Yams/Sweet Potato

Yams are best for children after the age of 4-6 months. It has vitamins A and C and folate. It also has minerals such as potassium, sodium, selenium, phosphorous, magnesium and calcium.

Ingredients:

2 or 3 medium-sized sweet potatoes

Directions:

Step 1: Wash and poke holes in sweet potato with a fork and wrap them in tin foil (do not peel for baking)

Note: You can also do this in the microwave. Only use plastic wrap and cook for 8 minutes on high or until tender.

Step 2: Place in a 400 degree oven and bake for 30-60 minutes or until soft

OR

Step 1: Peel washed and cleansed sweet potatoes and cut into small chunks

Step  2: Place chunks into a pan with just enough water to slightly cover potato

Step 3: “Steam” boil until tender and be sure to check on the water level

Step 4: Reserve any leftover water to use for thinning out the sweet potatoes

Step 5: If you have baked your sweet potato, remove the skin from them

Step 6: Place sweet potato into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing. You can use a little water for this.

Step 7: Add the reserved water or other liquid as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency

3. Carrots

Carrots can be fed to your baby after 6-8 months. It is rich in vitamins A and C. Try getting the slightly sweeter ones to make puree that can be both main course and dessert for your little one.

Ingredients:

1 pound of fresh carrots (you may also use frozen carrots)

Directions:

Step 1: Peel carrots and cut into small chunks

Step 2: Place chunks into a steamer pan with just enough water visible through the steamer basket

Step 3: Steam until tender

Step 4: Do not reserve any leftover water for thinning out the carrots if your baby is under 8 months old, as nitrates may seep into the cooking water

Step 5: Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing

Step 6: Add water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency

4. Broccoli

Broccoli can be given to children after 8-10 months. It is rich in minerals such as vitamins A, C, E and K, niacin and folate.

You’ll need: 2 heads of fresh broccoli (you may also use frozen broccoli)

Directions:

Step 1: Wash broccoli under cool water

Step 2: Chop stems and florets into small pieces. Using just the florets will yield a smoother puree. Steam until tender.

Step 3: Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing

Step 4: Add water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency

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