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Drumroll please ----- Let's get the champagne popping because Blessing has finally got to publish the first-ever baby food on her blog. Blogging about babies' foods has been seeking my attention for ages now but I haven't gotten around to doing it. But thank goodness that I have finally gotten this done today. What a pleasure to have an opportunity to share babies' food recipes and I hope to continue rolling out amazing and highly nutritious food recipes for our babies particularly the weaning ones from 6 months and above. I am a great advocate of exclusive breastfeeding for at least up to 6 months, although I am not insinuating that you are a bad mother if you do not exclusively breastfeed your baby. Of course, I do understand that certain unavoidable factors can contribute to non-exclusive breastfeeding, so do whatever fits your plans. Just so you know that all the baby food recipes that will be published henceforth on this blog will be for babies from 6 months and above. Learn more about the amazing health benefits of breastfeeding and a mother's breast milk here.
Blueberry is one of my favourite fruits. Well, this could probably be the reason why it has come to be the first baby food recipes going live on this blog and I hope you will find this recipe worthy to make for your baby or babies...winks. This blueberry puree is such a quick, easy and highly nutritious intake to introduce into your baby’s diet. Blueberries are amongst the categories of fruits recommended for mothers to introduce early in their babies' weaning diets simply because they are less likely to cause any sort of allergic reactions. Moreover, blueberries are richly endowed with loads of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants, thus highly recommended for babies. This amazing fruit is a rich constituent of vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin K, dietary fibre, folate and potassium. Blueberries also contain low calories.
The nutrients and vitamins in blueberries are helpful for developing and growing healthy bones, for promoting brain development and healthy cognitive functioning. They also facilitate healthy heart functioning. The antioxidants are powerful eradicators of free radicals that damage human healthy cells. By getting rid of free radicals from the body, the antioxidants in blueberries help to fight against diseases thereby slowing down ageing. Breastmilk is used in this recipe simply because of its immeasurable health benefits and nutritional values. Breastmilk has optimal nutritional value and contains bioactive components required for the wellbeing of a child's health. I have equally taken my time to write extensively on the importance of breastfeeding and mother's breast milk, so feel free to read more about it here.
It is important to steam blueberries for the following reasons:
1. Babies cannot digest their own foods, so steaming helps to break down things for their digestive systems.
2. Steaming helps to ensure that all the nutrients and vitamins still remain intact.
Since your baby is already accustomed to your breast milk taste, it is preferable to include breast milk in the preparation of baby food puree. That way, your baby is not abruptly driven away from the original taste he/she is already addicted to. Also, I avoid making too much baby purees at a time. It is also recommended that the baby puree has a really smooth texture especially if you are beginning to introduce your baby to food (onset of weaning or transitioning from breast milk to food). If it is your baby's first time of eating any other food aside from breast milk, consider making the consistency of the puree very light. Bear in mind that your baby's digestive system is just beginning to understand the "new thing" you are introducing to it so don't give it a burdensome task to execute. However, if you are making this puree for an older baby, then you can reduce the quantity of the breast milk added. This will ensure that a thicker consistency of the blueberry puree is obtained.
Interestingly, the puree can also be stored in the fridge for 3 to 5 days or it can be stored longer in the freezer for 2 to 3 months max. If you intend to store the puree in the freezer, separate the puree into smaller portions in an ice cube tray or portable containers. This will make it easier for you to defrost one portion of the puree at a time instead of the whole puree when serving your baby. A high-speed blender Vitamix was used for this recipe so as to easily break down the blueberry peels for a smooth puree. Remember that this recipe is strictly for babies from 6+ months and above. This easy baby blueberry puree can be put up within 10 minutes or less and you have a yummy puree to feed your baby.
- 1 cup of fresh blueberries
- 100ml mother's breastmilk (warm)
- 200ml water (for steaming the blueberries)
- A pinch of salt (for washing the blueberries)
- Wash the blueberries thoroughly with a pinch of salt.
- Pour clean water in a pot and place a steaming rack into the pot.
- Add the blueberries on top of the steamer, cover the pot and steam for 5 minutes.
- Transfer the steamed blueberries into a Vitamix blender or any baby food processor, blender or mixer of choice.
- Add the breast milk then secure the lid.
- Select the smoothie program on the Vitamix blender and allow the program to complete
- Serve the baby blueberries puree or refrigerate for future use.
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