3 Health Veggie Purees for Kids

You don’t have to be a master in the kitchen to make your own baby food. While convenient, commercial baby foods lose vitamins and nutrients during processing and a lot of the “yumminess” that can make your baby excited to try new foods and combinations. Here are three simple recipes to introduce to your baby:

 

* Carrot Purees:

Ingredients:

  • 2 bags organic frozen green beans

  • Water for pureeing (use as much as you need for the consistency you want! start with 6oz and work your way up).

Directions:

 

  1. Drain green beans and place in blender with water.

  2. Puree until smooth.

  3. Pour into ice cube trays, allow to cool, wrap/cover, and freeze.

  4. Place the green beans in a steamer and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until tender.

  5. Thaw in the fridge the night before use, or thaw by putting the ice cube in a bowl over a bowl of hot water on the counter to defrost.

 

* Green Bean Puree: 

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of fresh green beans

Directions:

1. Clean & snap green beans (Skip if using frozen.)

2. Steam until tender

3. Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing. Use a sieve if needed to get rid of the hulls.

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

OR

5. Prepare frozen green beans (watch for salt) according to package directions

6.Follow Steps 3 and 4

 

* Banana Puree   

Ingredients: 1 small banana   

Directions: 

  1. Peel a small banana and mash with a fork.

  2. During the first stages of weaning, add a little milk if necessary to thin down the consistency and add a familiar taste.