This baby puree is a no brainer: It’s full of health-beneficial ingredients, sweet enough for baby’s developing taste buds, and best of all – it is delicious and silky smooth for your special guy or gal (maybe both!). I originally started giving carrots to Kaden when he first turned 6 months, as my pediatrician had me stick to the main three single-foods from 4-5 months of age (those being butternut squash, apples and pears). Since carrots are one of nature’s sweetest vegetables, and they offer a silky texture when pureed, it was an instant hit for my little man. Adding in a little cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice – well that made everything even nicer.
Once I started giving my son combination purees (around 6.5 – 7 months), I knew I wanted to incorporate these orange veggies into a blend that would give him added nutrition, but that would still be sweet and be used as a lunch or snack option. Thus the combination of carrot, apricot and peaches was created! I particularly like to give him a fruit and vegetable combo at lunch time, as breakfast is typically a fruit (pears…) with baby oatmeal and dinner is a more wholesome, protein and veggie time of day; giving him a mix at lunch is a more sure-fire way of ensuring he will enjoy his meal and make it more appealing. This puree is an easy first to try with your infant, given that it is in fact so sweet. It may take baby a couple spoonfuls to get used to the flavor of the apricots, but you can always downplay those in your first batch by using less if you prefer.
The addition of apricots and peaches in this puree add extra health benefits, including offering gut-healthy dietary fiber. Most important to your little one: they add extra sweetness to this yummy lunch alternative!
Let’s look at the benefits of this puree:
Health Benefits of Carrots:
- Carrots are rich in Vitamin A—Being a great source of beta carotene which is transformed into Vitamin A in the body, carrots are a great vegetable to offer your child to help aid the development of their eyes and vision. In addition, Vitamin A promotes healthy skin, growth and resistance to infection.
- Carrots are a great source of dietary fiber—This is especially important while baby’s digestive system is still developing and constipation can occur. Since carrots act as a natural laxative, they can off-put the occurrence of constipation, and being a good promoter of the secretion of digestive enzymes makes carrots great for easy digestion. As an added bonus, carrots can prevent acidity in your little one—being a vegetable you may turn your mind to if your child suffers from reflux of any kind.
- Carrots offer other essential vitamins and minerals—A great source of calcium and magnesium helps promote bone health, and a source of iron is essential for blood and hemoglobin production. The presence of Vitamin C is also of vital important in supporting a healthy immune system.
- Carrots kill intestinal worms—Feeding your child carrots can remove any possible intestinal parasites they may contract.
NOTE: Remember to keep in mind that it is best to omit feeding your child carrots until he or she is at least 6 months of age, due to the possibility of naturally-occurring nitrates. At this age, your baby’s digestive acids help with the conversion of nitrates. Also, using organic produce can also help eliminate these unwanted bacteria.
Another important thing to remember is to always wash your fruits and vegetables before you begin preparing your sweet baby’s food, especially if you choose to not go the organic route–this will help eliminate any pesticides that may have been sprayed on your produce and had not been adequately washed away. Water alone does not always do the best job, so be sure to use a fruit and veggie wash that you trust. Even though Kaytee and I only use organic ingredients when making our sons’ foods, we still use a wash in order to ensure our produce is dirt-free. Our go to is the The Honest Company – Fruit & Veggie Wash. It is made with 100% non-toxic ingredients, and under $7, you get a lot of bang for your buck. I personally use this spray every day, both for my son and myself, and I have barely made a dent in the amount that has been used. [You can also get their Organic Dish Towels here!]
A quick look at the health benefits of Apricots looks a little something like this:
- Apricots are Nutrient-Rich—Rich in beta carotene (transferred into Vitamin A in the body, it is great for healthy eye sight), lycopene (this is a powerful antioxidant that may help protect cells from damage), Vitamin C (helps promote a healthy immune system) and iron (essential for the promotion of hemoglobin). In addition, apricots have high levels of magnesium and potassium which are essential for healthy brain development and protection.
- Apricots aid in digestion—A good source of dietary fiber, apricots can help prevent indigestion, as well as constipation.
Onto the star of this post—here is what you will need to make this nutrient-packed, delicious puree:
Carrot, Peach and Apricot Puree
- 6 organic carrots, washed, peeled and chopped
- 7 dried, organic apricots (I buy organic Turkish Apricots)
- 10 oz. bag frozen, organic peaches*
- Begin by placing a steam basket in a size-appropriate pan and add enough water for a steam bath.
- Add your carrots to the steamer and cover with lid until carrots are semi-soft (about 8-10 minutes depending on carrots).
- Once your carrots are beginning to soften, add your dried apricots and replace lid to continue steaming.
- When both the carrots and apricots are soft, add your frozen peaches, and again replace the lid for a quick steam until peaches have softened (this should be quick—about 5 minutes).
- Once all three ingredients are soft, transfer ingredients to a food processor or blender, and pulse until soft and no chunks remain. Use liquid from steam-pan as necessary to make consistency smooth and creamy.
*When peaches are in season, you can substitute the frozen guys for 2 fresh ones – cleaned, peeled, de-seeded and chopped. Keep in mind that they may require some added steaming time, just be sure to continue checking for fork tenderness.
This is another puree that I like to store in my Beaba Silicone Food Containers. These containers are great for both easy freezing and removal of baby food when needed. As always, remove the frozen mold, allow to defrost, and reheat slightly before feeding. Consult your pediatrician before introducing any new foods to your child.
I know your kiddos will love this yummy puree as much as my little boy does. Enjoy!