When I began looking for baby food options for my son once he moved out of the single food purees, I really wanted to incorporate some healthy nutrients for him from leafy greens, in addition to continuing to make his food palatable. The most effective way of doing this was to integrate those greens into a yummy mixture of super delicious fruits.
Not only is this baby puree yummy and nutritious, it is also incredibly beautiful – making a gorgeous purplish-blue mixture [does this really matter? No, of course not. But I like marveling at my hard work, and it’s an added bonus that this food mixture ends up being my favorite color].
You might have seen a similar puree which used apples instead of pears – I originally used apples in this puree, but after having several failed attempts with applesauce and other apple-included items, I realized that apples were just too tart for my son. It didn’t matter what kind of organic apple I chose, he always made one of those super adorable, yet obviously annoyed lemon-faces after each spoonful. That’s why I decided to swap the apples for pears. Kaden already eats pears every day at breakfast with his cereal, and since I know he absolutely loves those, this was an easy substitute. If you know that your child loves apples, go ahead and use those… either way, this puree turns out delicious.
If you have a picky eater…
Because this is such a great way to mask the flavor of spinach, my 2 year old niece was eating this puree up because it was so delicious –and being a picky eater, that was something that Kaytee was all too happy about. I don’t think we would ever be able to get Izzy to eat spinach in any other way. Something I may try in the summer is to make this puree in large batches and freeze into Popsicle molds for the kids… check back on that 😉
Health Benefits of Spinach for Your Babe…
In addition to being one of the easiest leafy greens to get your hands on—both organic and not—spinach is chock-full of great health benefits for your little lamb. It is best to wait until your baby is at least 6 months of age before introducing him/her to this yummy green (due to the amount of naturally-occurring nitrates-don’t worry, baby has the proper digestive acids after this age to help with nitrate conversion; also, using organic produce can help eliminate the nitrates in your baby food), but definitely important to do so since it is a solid source of many vitamins and minerals that are not as readily available in other foods.
- Spinach supplies essential minerals—all of which are super important for your little one’s growth and development. This yummy leafy green contains high amounts of calcium and magnesium, both important for bone development. Spinach is also high in iron which is important for hemoglobin production, and also high in potassium which is crucial for brain development.
- Spinach contains a massive supply of essential vitamins—also important for baby’s growth, and in the improvement of infants’ body functions. Spinach supplies vitamins such as vitamin C (essential for building a strong immune system), vitamin A (essential for developing eye sight), thiamin, riboflavin, folate, niacin, vitamin E and vitamin K.
- Spinach contains significant amounts of dietary fiber—which helps aid in developing a healthy digestive system for your babe.
- Spinach cures urinary disorders—Spinach possesses good antimicrobial properties which eliminate microbial infections… something that can, unfortunately, be quite common among children.
- Spinach promotes liver protection activity
- Spinach kills intestinal worms—Since these leafy greens possess good anthelmintic properties, you can remove any possible intestinal parasites by feeding your child spinach regularly.
To make this vitamin-packed puree, here is what you will need:
- 2 cups frozen, organic, wild blueberries
- 5 peeled and cored, organic pears of your choice (or 4 organic apples)
- ½ cup water
- 3 cups fresh, organic spinach (we use Baby Spinach)
- Always wash your fruits and vegetables with the Honest Company Fruit & Veggie Wash.
- Begin by adding your blueberries, pears (or apples) and water to a medium size saucepan. Bring water to a boil.
- Once your water begins to boil, turn your burner to low and cover until your pears are soft – about 10 minutes.
- When your pears are soft and the water has reduced slightly, turn off the burner and add in the spinach. Stir until combined, and spinach has just wilted.
- Transfer to a food processor or blender with a slotted spoon – saving the excess water from the mixture in the pan. Pulse until desired texture is achieved, using the saved water as necessary (it may not be).
I typically store these fruit purees in my Beaba Silicone Food Container, and place in the freezer until they are needed. An easy way to use these, is to simply pop them out when you want to serve them to your child, allow to defrost, and reheat slightly before feeding.
Remember to always speak with your Pediatrician before feeding your infant certain foods. They may want to stick with a few specific items, or your child may not be ready to move past the single-food purees just yet. Either way, have a full discussion with your child’s doctor before changing up your baby’s food regimen. Kaden had been on single-food portions since he was 4 months old, so by the time he turned 6 months, we knew he was ready for a more diverse arrangement of foods.
I hope your baby enjoys this purple paradise as much as my son does… heck, I’m still having a hard time containing my will power to dig into his food myself!