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Homemade Fruit Purees for your Baby

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You can get quite creative with making fruit purees for your baby. It is a great way to include vitamins into the baby’s diet and generally, your baby will like the taste. I would recommend tasting your fruits first – ones such as apricots can be little sour so mix them with fruit that is naturally sweet – like a mango. If you choose rips fruit, you will not have to worry about sweetness.

Try these variations:

Apricot Puree: Peel 2 large apricots same way you would peel a peach or nectarine and place into blender to puree. If you like to sweeten this, you can add half a banana. Apricots are rich in beta-carotene and are a great source of iron and potassium.

Mango Puree: Peel your fruit and slice down each side of the pit, Cut the flesh of half mango into cubes and puree in your blender. This puree also combines well with banana, strawberry or yogurt.

Melon Puree: remove all seeds form a small wedge of melon and cut flesh away from skin, discarding the greener flesh near the skin. Mash or blend to puree to desired consistency. This puree can be nicely combines with a banana or a few strawberries. Cantaloupes are the most nutritious of all melons – they are rich in vitamin C and also provide beta-carotene and potassium.

Peach or Nectarine Puree: Peel a small, ripe peach or nectarines and chop the flesh, then puree in a blender or mash with a fork. This puree also works well combines with strawberries, bananas or blueberries.

Plum Puree: Peel a large plum the same way you would peach or a nectarine and chop the flesh. Plums can be easily pureed uncooked if the are sufficiently ripe and juicy – or you could steam them for a few minutes until tender, This puree combines well with baby rice, banana or yogurt.

For more Homemade Baby Food recipes and ideas, please check out:

http://www.mama-knows.com/parenting-tips/homemade-baby-food.html

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Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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