Fruits are one of the most important foods for the growth of any person. They are rich in vitamins and minerals and thus should be a part of your child’s daily nutrition. But it is not possible to feed them the fruits in the solid form as they don’t have developed teeth. And thus these fruits need to be converted into a semi-solid form or puree so that the child can easily have it. But why give them just a single fruit puree which they might or might not like when you can give it your own twist and even your little one will have a change of taste every now and then. So, in order to help you put in that twist, here are 5 recipes you can use.
1. Quinoa, Banana, Apple and Dates Puree
Quinoa is a superfood that provides extra nutrition to your little one and helps them grow in no time. And when it is mixed with fruits, it’s not just the nutrition levels that increase but also the taste of the entire puree. Take 1 cup quinoa, 1 apple, 1 banana and 4-5 dates. Wash the quinoa well to remove bitterness. Bring two cups of water to boil and add quinoa and leave for about seven minutes on a medium flame. Now, peel and cut the apple into small pieces, cut soft dates and add them to quinoa. Leave for 20 minutes. Once it is cooked, add mashed banana and a pinch of cinnamon if you require. Either serve it like that or add milk for a thin consistency.
2. Apple and Raspberry Puree
Raspberries are filled with Vitamin C and have a sweet and delicate flavour. All you need is some 100 grams raspberry and 1 apple. Peel the apple and it cut into pieces after removing the core. Now put the apple pieces and raspberries in a saucepan with a little amount of water. Cook for five minutes on low heat until they turn soft, puree the ingredients and run them through a sieve to remove raspberry seeds. Serve it warm to your little one. Your little one is sure to love this puree with a sweet and sour taste.
3. Banana and Apple Puree
Sometimes fewer ingredients can work miracles instead of more ingredients when it comes to food. Also, it is not always possible to get all the ingredients of the first recipe and thus this recipe can be used. For this recipe, you need 1 fully ripe banana and 2 apples. Peel the skin and cut the apples into small chunks and chop the peeled banana into small pieces. Keep them in a pan, bring to a boil and leave until they get soft. Now puree them in a blender to the required consistency.
4. Avocado and Banana Puree
Both these fruits are rich in potassium, fibres and healthy fats. And since both the fruits are soft, they don’t need any cooking of any sort in order to mix them. For this recipe, you will need a ½ banana, ¼ avocado and 1-2 tablespoon of breast milk or greek yoghurt. Peel and remove the avocado pit and peel the banana. Now mash them together in a blender and add required milk or yoghurt to make it runny.
5. Apple and Pear Puree
These two fruits together have the best taste ever and by adding a pinch of cinnamon into it, the taste is sure to take a whole new level. Select a red apple and a firm pear and wash them with water. Peel the skin, de-core both and remove the seeds. Now cut the apple and pear into small pieces, take a pan, fill with water, place the bowl with apple and pear, add a pinch of cinnamon, cover and cook till the required consistency is achieved. After cooking, you can either mash them with a spoon or blend it with Blender. Add breast milk or formula feed to make it little runny.