When it comes to fruits, I love them in any form. I made sure, my daughter developed that fondness towards fruit too. For me, berries are my finger food especially when I crave something sweet and tangy. Now it has become finger food for my daughter too. I introduced my daughter to berries when she was around 8 months. Since she was not allergic to any fruits or vegetables, she took them very well. Later after she turned 1- year- old, I switched to raw berries.
In today’s recipe, I have combined various berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries), added a dash of cinnamon powder and cooked it just for few minutes. This sweet and tangy puree will sure work as a charm for your baby. You can mix this puree with vanilla yogurt and cereal and make it a hearty meal.
Berries can be a great addition to your baby’s diet. Though, berries are not the top allergenic food. Still, they might cause allergic reactions. According to The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Allergy and Immunology, most of the babies can start eating foods like strawberries and raspberries after introducing a few solid foods (such as baby cereal, pureed meat, vegetables, and fruits) without causing an allergic reaction. Children with mild eczema or a family history of food allergies can try foods like berries as long as they tolerate traditional solid foods first. For me, I always played safe and talked with the pediatrician before introducing anything new to my baby. So for berries too, I asked my Dr if it was ok for my daughter to have berries. And then went ahead with them.
Berries are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, fiber, manganese, potassium, calcium, folic acid, magnesium, copper, and iron. They are loaded with anti- oxidants and immunity boosters. Berries do come under Dirty Dozens, so it is advisable to buy them organic. Especially for baby food.
- 1 cup mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)
- A ½-inch piece of beetroot.
- 2 dashes of cinnamon powder
- ¼ cup water
- Wash all the berries well in a colander. Wash and peel the beetroot skin.
- In a pot, add water along with berries, beetroot and cinnamon powder.
- Cover and cook till berries have become soft and mushy.
- Once done, let it cool down a bit. Mix it with a cereal of your choice.
You can mix this puree with vanilla flavored yogurt.
Talk to your baby’s/toddler’s Pediatrician before starting any new food.
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