Feeding your kids healthy and nutritious foods can be an epic struggle. Be it fruits, vegetables or cereals, most mothers prefer food purees for their children. Some fruits and vegetable purees, though healthy, taste horrible. The choice of foods is important in a mixed puree. One wrong food and the whole puree becomes a mess. From faking sleep to faking a stomach ache, or throwing tantrums, kids try every trick in the book to avoid such purees.They eat what satisfies their eyes and taste buds.
Thus, you need to be a little creative with them. The following puree combinations are a disaster from the word ‘go’.
1. Broccoli and Bitter Gourd Puree
Forget kids, even adults will keep at an arm’s length from this puree. The combination is as dead as a dodo. Seldom you will find people who love bitter gourd. Broccoli may be full of health benefits, but it tastes bad when overcooked. By adding bitter gourd, you you’ve just made a puree kids will love to hate.
Try an ‘only broccoli’ puree. Make sure you do not overcook it. To enhance the taste, you can add a teaspoon of butter and powdered dry fruits to it.
2. Spinach and Fish Puree
Most kids hate spinach and fish. Combining both the foods may be healthy, but not a very wise idea. Fish may be an excellent food for the brain development, but its smell can turn kids off. Spinach, on the other hand, lacks an appeal as well as taste. Needless to say, the puree fails to impress the kids.
Boil and blend the spinach and the fish. Place the mixture in a bowl. Add some grated cheese and a teaspoon of honey to it. Microwave the mixture for 3-5 minutes. Serve the tasty and healthy dish on your child’s favourite plate or bowl.
3. Avocado and Carrot Puree
The health benefits of avocados and carrots are known to all. Carrots have a characteristic sweet taste. However, adding avocados in this puree may not be a wise decision, as its taste can get masked. The thick consistency of avocados may not be very appealing.
Avoid using carrots and avocados together in the same puree. If at all used, garnish it with grated cheese, bits of cherry, blueberry, strawberry and powdered dry fruits. The idea is to make the puree as colorful as possible. It is important that you do not overcook the puree.
4. Cauliflower and Asparagus Puree
This is a weird combination that has a negligible chance of impressing your kid. Cauliflower should always be cooked and boiled well while overcooking and overboiling asparagus will spoil its taste.
The damage in this dish is beyond control. However, you can cook the asparagus and cauliflower separately and then mix them together. Add seasonings as per your child’s liking (mixed herbs, bits of olive, lemon zest, olive oil, thyme or rosemary).
5. Peach and Banana Puree
Some kids may like this, but many kids will look for other alternatives. Both the fruits taste good individually. However, mixing them together might not agree with their taste buds.
If you want to earn brownie points, bring out the creative genius in you. Take the fruits in a bowl, add honey, milk and powdered dry fruits. Mash the mixture well and microwave it for a few minutes (medium consistency). Garnish it with bits of berries and dry fruits. You can also make some interesting designs and cartoons with the dry fruits and cherries.