Introducing solids to your babies once they cross six months of age is an important milestone. This is the ideal time to feed them the best of nutrients and wean them from a milk diet. Here are a few palatable combination purees that your toddler won’t be able to resist.
#1. Apple and Beetroot Puree:
Nutritional benefits: This sweet red colored puree is rich in nutrients. Apple and beetroot are good sources of vitamins, minerals and fibre. Beetroot also supports brain health, lowers the risk of anemia and aids easy digestion.
Apple (2 medium-sized)
Cinnamon (a pinch)
Total Preparation Time20 minutes
Cut apples in small cubes, approximately 1 inch and grate beetroot so these can be easily mashed.
Put both in the grinding jar and blend it into a fine puree.
You can add thin strands of beetroot for some texture and appearance.
You can add cinnamon (optional) if your child likes the taste of it.
This could be served as dessert after a meal.
#2. Chicken Puree/Broth
Nutritional benefits: Chicken is a source of protein and promotes bone and muscle health. Chicken and vegetables in this puree together work on your child’s muscles and strengthen the bones.
Chicken (2 pieces)
Onion (1/2 small)
Tomato (1/2 small)
Carrot (1/2 small)
Beans (2 strands)
Peas (1/4th cup)
Water (2 cups)
Total Preparation Time25 minutes
Finely chop all the vegetables like carrots, beans, onions and tomatoes.
Cut the chicken pieces into small chunks. Do not forget to remove the bones and wash it properly before chopping.
Take a hard base pan and boil water. Add all the chopped veggies with chicken chunks to the pan. Then, add salt to taste and some black pepper. Let it simmer for 15 minutes or pressure cook it for 2 whistles.
Blend this into a puree without straining water.
Healthy chicken and vegetable puree is ready to serve. This could be used as chicken broth too, by adding extra water.
#3. Broccoli and Sweet Potato Puree
Nutritional benefits: Undoubtedly, this is the best combination of vitamin C, as broccoli is known as a super vegetable. Sweet potato gives the immense power of various nutrients and minerals, which are vital for the growth of your child.
Sweet potato (50gm)
Total Preparation Time15 minutes
Microwave broccoli for 5 minutes or you can steam it for 10 minutes. Do not boil broccoli as it will reduce the vitamin C content.
Boil sweet potato for 5 minutes in a pressure cooker.
Mash broccoli and sweet potatoes when they are tender. Turn the ingredients into a puree and add salt to taste.
Mix a little bit of cheese and milk to add an extra flavor.
Sprinkle olive oil for some more goodness.
This superfood puree is nutrient-rich and should be fed to children between 2-4 years of age.
#4. Banana and Pear Puree
Nutritional benefits: This sweet puree is my child’s favourite. The potassium content of banana is necessary for muscle contraction (movement). Banana also aids in easy digestion in young children. Pear helps ease the movement of stool and offers relief in case of constipation. This one is also the quickest recipe which just needs blending or mashing.
Banana (2 medium-sized)
Pear (1 medium-sized)
Total Preparation Time10 minutes
Slice the bananas.
Peel pear and chop it.
Put them together and blend into a puree of your desired thickness. It is naturally sweet, so there is no need to add sugar .
#5. Tomato, Carrot and Spinach Broth
Nutritional benefits: Spinach, the green wonder veggie is essential in your child’s growing days and tomato helps build your child’s immunity. Vitamin A in carrots improves vision. All in all, this soup has all goodness that your child needs .
Tomato (2 medium-sized)
Carrot (1 medium-sized)
Spinach (1/2 a bunch)
Garlic (2 cloves)
Cooked Rice (optional)
Total Preparation Time20 minutes
Roughly cut the tomatoes and spinach.
Grate carrots so that they can be easily cooked.
Sauté onion and garlic with the vegetables in a pan.
Keep stirring till they become soft and mushy.
Add a little bit of salt and cook for 2 minutes.
Let it cool and blend it into a puree.
Filter the puree through a sieve to get a smooth mixture.
Now, take the puree in a pan and add a serving spoon of milk with black pepper to make it a bit thicker.
Your yummy and healthy soup is ready. You can add a spoon of cooked rice to turn it into a meal.
The vegetable broths and purees are sure-shot ways to serve healthy food to your child. Offer these at dinnertime or as a snack. Try to offer them in a small quantity so that your toddler can develop the taste without getting bored.
Happy puree-ing to you!