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Baby Food Recipes: Blueberries

Blueberries are a favorite fruit in my house during the summer months. Like my daughter before him, my son is a huge fan of the homemade baby foods that I lovingly prepare for him in my kitchen. When he turned six months old back in April, I already had a freezer full of nutritious and delicious purees ready for my son to try. In addition to blackberries and raspberries, one of the earliest fruits that I fed him was blueberries. Blueberries are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Although high in natural sugars, the sweet berries are also a good source of dietary fiber and a very good source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese. Blueberries are also an excellent source of natural antioxidants.

To make my homemade baby food, I started with a small container of blueberries and some fluoride-free baby water. After rinsing the blueberries in my sink, I combined the fruit in a glass bowl with some water and then cooked the mixture to tenderness in my microwave. I then allowed the cooked mixture to cool slightly before spooning the blueberries into my Baby Bullet. After adding some extra water, I blended the mixture into a thin puree. (For older babies, use less water for a thicker mash.) Once puréed, I spooned the blueberry puree into freezer containers and ice cube trays for easier freezing. After the baby food froze, I moved the frozen cubes into freezer safe baggies for easier storage. Now as my son needs fruit, I simply thaw a few cubes in the refrigerator or microwave.

Baby Water and Raw Blueberries Cooked Blueberries

Blending the Cooked Blueberries Homemade Blueberry Baby Food in Silicone Ice Cube Trays

Does your child like blueberries? Do you make your own baby food? For a fun food combination for older babies, try mixing Swiss chard, kale, and blueberries with chia seeds and oatmeal.

Image Credits

Baby Water and Raw Blueberries © 2015 Heather Johnson
Cooked Blueberries © 2015 Heather Johnson
Blending the Cooked Blueberries © 2015 Heather Johnson
Homemade Blueberry Baby Food in Silicone Ice Cube Trays © 2015 Heather Johnson

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