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Basic Plum Baby Puree

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You’ve started introducing your little one to solids and he/she loves them, but many times those first foods can disrupt baby’s digestive system. It’s only natural that a tummy that has previously only been exposed to breast milk/formula may have a little difficulty adjusting to this new diet. To alleviate this, you can incorporate plums into their diet to help them become more regular. They’re also just super yummy and good for them!

The Goodness of Plums for Baby Food

One thing that all varieties of plums have in common is that they are very nutritious. Plums are high in fiber, low in cholesterol, sodium free and rich in Vitamin A & Vitamin C. Like other fruits that are high in fiber, plums are great aids in reducing the risks of cancer and heart attack and sustaining healthy cholesterol levels. As plums are high in fiber and natural sugars, they help maintain bowel regularity. Plums and prunes are great to help with constipation.
-Source: wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com

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My daughter is turning 1 in just a few days, so I have recently begun mixing her purees with other “big girl” foods. For instance, I now mix her plum puree with vanilla yogurt, etc., for added nutrition and flavor. As always, I puree everything in my Beaba Babycook Pro.

Combinations To Try With Plums:

Basic Plum Baby Puree

Basic Plum Baby Puree

Ingredients

  • 4 plums (or desired amount)

Instructions

  1. Clean, peel, and take out the pit of a ripe plum. You can also leave the skins on during the steaming process (this helps lock in nutrients during steaming, then once cooled completely, remove skins).
  2. Dice the plum into chunks and add to the Babycook steaming basket.
  3. Fill water to level 1. Steam plums in the Babycook. Reserve the cooking liquid just in case you want a different consistency when blending.
  4. Puree, in the Babycook, to the desired consistency. Add reserved cooking liquid, if necessary.
  5. Freeze, or store in the refrigerator, in Multiportions container.
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Multiportions Cube (2 ounces)
Servings Per Container

Amount Per Serving
Calories 34 Calories from Fat 1.8
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.2g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 8.5g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 7.3g
Protein 0.5g 1%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Basic Apricot Baby Puree

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Although the peak season for fresh apricots is May through August, I still want to share my recipe for a Basic Apricot Puree with you, because even if you don’t have access to fresh apricots (although for baby food, fresh is best), you can just as easily use dried apricots for this recipe.

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Speaking of seasonal produce, I want to point out yet another reason why I love the Beaba Multiportions container so much. Take this summer for instance…while peaches, apricots, etc., were in their prime, I made a big batch of them and then froze them in my Multiportions container and now I have a freezer full of the summer’s best fruit that can be enjoyed into the fall and winter months. I plan to do the same this fall with pumpkin, squash, etc. I find it helpful to always be thinking ahead to what is in and out of season and get my freezer stocked accordingly.

Whether you are using fresh of dried apricots the Beaba Babycook Pro will help you prepare your apricots in a flash.

Combinations To Try With Apricots:

Basic Apricot Baby Puree

Basic Apricot Baby Puree

Ingredients

    If Using Fresh Apricots:
  • 4 apricots (or desired amount)
  • If Using Dried Apricots:
  • 6 ounces dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup apple juice *Dried apricots can have a somewhat bitter taste, so the apple juice balances this nicely.

Instructions

    If Using Fresh Apricots:
  1. Clean, peel, and take out the pit of a ripe apricot. You can also leave the skins on during the steaming process (this helps lock in nutrients during steaming, then once cooled completely, remove skins).
  2. Dice the apricot into chunks and add to the Babycook steaming basket.
  3. Fill water to level 1. Steam apricots in the Babycook. Reserve the cooking liquid just in case you want a different consistency when blending.
  4. Puree, in the Babycook, to the desired consistency. Add reserved cooking liquid, if necessary.
  5. Freeze, or store in the refrigerator, in Multiportions container.
  6. If Using Dried Apricots:
  7. Add the dried apricots to the Babycook steaming basket.
  8. Fill water between level 2 and 3. Steam apricots in the Babycook. Reserve the cooking liquid.
  9. Add the apricots to the Babycook bowl and add in the apple juice and reserved cooking liquid. Puree to the desired consistency.
  10. Freeze, or store in the refrigerator, in Multiportions container.

Notes

Nutritional information is for the fresh apricot version only. If you are using dried apricots, you will need to factor in the apple juice and calculate accordingly.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Multiportions Cube (2 ounces)
Servings Per Container

Amount Per Serving
Calories 36 Calories from Fat 2.7
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.3g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 8.2g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 6.8g
Protein 1g 2%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Basic Papaya Baby Puree

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Pictured is a Beaba 1st Stage Silicone Spoon & 1st Age Ellipse Bowl.

Fresh papaya is a perfect tropical fruit to add to your baby’s diet. Papaya’s are deliciously sweet, versatile, and rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Papaya Collage-2For older babies, papaya also makes a good finger food. However, for puree, I like to steam my papaya first (in my Beaba Babycook Pro), just to soften the fruit up a bit. Steaming the papaya first also makes digestion easier for baby. What I love about the Beaba Babycook Pro is that I can steam and puree all in the same unit. It is so easy to do!

Combinations To Try With Papaya:

Papaya Baby Puree

Papaya Baby Puree

Ingredients

  • 1 fully ripened papaya

Instructions

  1. Peel and de-seed papaya.
  2. Dice the papaya into chunks and add to the Babycook steaming basket.
  3. Fill water to level 1. Steam papaya in the Babycook. Reserve the cooking liquid just in case you want a different consistency when blending.
  4. Puree, in the Babycook, to the desired consistency. Add reserved cooking liquid, if necessary.
  5. Freeze, or store in the refrigerator, in Multiportions container.
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Multiportions Cube (2 ounces)
Servings Per Container

Amount Per Serving
Calories 30 Calories from Fat 0.9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.1g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 7.5g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1.4g 6%
Sugars 4.5g
Protein 0.5g 1%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Basic Apple Baby Puree

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Pictured is a Beaba 1st Stage Silicone Spoon.

Apple season is upon us, so now would be a great time to make a big batch of Basic Apple Baby Puree for baby to enjoy well into the winter.

Apples are so versatile and mix well with tons of other fruits, veggies and meats. There have been several different vegetables my daughter refused to eat on their own, but once I mixed some apple puree into it she gobbled it up.

The first batches of apple puree I ever made I removed the skins, as they can be difficult for a baby under 8 months old to digest. However, now that my daughter is older than 8 months, I leave the skins on, as the skins contain many good nutrients. Plus, the steaming process of the Beaba Babycook Pro makes the skins nice and soft and perfect for pureeing. Besides a slight difference in puree color, the Beaba Babycook Pro does such a nice job of pureeing that you can hardly tell the difference between an apple puree that has skins and one that doesn’t.

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What’s great is that this Basic Apple Baby Puree isn’t just for babies! We went apple picking a couple of weekends ago and as soon as we got home my kids were requesting applesauce. Thanks to the amazing help of the Beaba Babycook Pro, I was able to whip up a quick batch of fresh applesauce for them in mere minutes. The Beaba Babycook Pro is not just helping me feed baby, it’s helping me feed the whole family!

Combinations To Try With Apples:

Basic Apple Baby Puree

Basic Apple Baby Puree

Ingredients

  • 1 apple (or desired amount) Macintosh, Gala & Braeburn work well for baby food

Instructions

  1. Clean, core, and peel apple.
  2. Dice the apple into chunks and add to the Babycook steaming basket.
  3. Fill water to level 1. Steam apples in the Babycook. Reserve the cooking liquid just in case you want a different consistency when blending.
  4. Puree, in the Babycook, to the desired consistency. Add reserved cooking liquid, if necessary.
  5. Freeze, or store in the refrigerator, in Multiportions container.
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Multiportions Cube (2 ounces)
Servings Per Container

Amount Per Serving
Calories 41 Calories from Fat 0.9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.1g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 10.9g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1.9g 8%
Sugars 8.2g
Protein 0.2g 0%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Basic Banana Baby Puree

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Pictured is a Beaba 1st Stage Silicone Spoon.

Just like avocado, bananas are an excellent source of nutrition and therefore also make an excellent first food for baby. They also make a great base for many combinations of purees- something I’ll dive into more in later posts.

No cooking is necessary for bananas (don’t worry, I’ll get to recipes that involve the use of the Babycooks amazing steaming/cooking capabilities soon). But again, just like with the avocado, I like to throw it in my Beaba Babycook Pro anyway because you just simply can’t achieve the same consistency that the Babycook gives you by just mashing it with a fork.

Specifically, I feel the smooth consistency comes in handy when I’m combining 2 or more frozen purees. The consistency of this Banana puree blends well with other fruits and vegetables if I just combine a frozen cube of each before heating. Speaking of heating, you can actually do that right in the Babycook itself. Yes! You can steam cook, blend, and thaw/reheat all in this one unit. And this allows you to avoid losing a bunch of nutrients like you will if you use the microwave to thaw foods. It has been a game-changer for me.

Banana Collage-1And, if mixing multiple kinds of purees, you can follow-up the thawing process with a quick blend to combine them. If you’re looking to go beyond just a banana puree, a quick and easy combination to try is equal parts avocado and banana. Just throw desired amount of each into the Babycook bowl and blend it all together until the desired consistency is achieved. And feel free to experiment with other blends, or keep an eye out for ones that I’ll be posting regularly in the coming weeks and months. If you find something that hits the mark, send it my way!

Combinations To Try With Bananas:

Basic Banana Baby Puree

Basic Banana Baby Puree

Ingredients

  • 1 banana (or desired amount)

Instructions

  1. Peel a ripe banana.
  2. Dice the banana into chunks and add to the Babycook. Bananas do not need to be cooked.
  3. Puree, in the Babycook, to the desired consistency. Add water/breastmilk, if necessary.
  4. Freeze, or store in the refrigerator, in Multiportions container.
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Multiportions Cube (2 ounces)
Servings Per Container

Amount Per Serving
Calories 61 Calories from Fat 1.8
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.2g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 1%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 15.8g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1.8g 7%
Sugars 8.4g
Protein 0.8g 2%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Basic Avocado Baby Puree

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Pictured is a Beaba 1st Stage Silicone Spoon.

Even when I was just pregnant with baby #3, I knew I wanted to at least try and make homemade baby food for her when the time came. With my other 2, it’s not like it was ever a conscious decision not to make their food. I literally just knew nothing about it at the time. However, I learned and heard a lot about making homemade baby food in the 5 years I was removed from having an infant around. And when you know better, you do better, right? Right.

I wasn’t completely sure what I was getting myself into, or how to even start, but thankfully there are SO many resources out there now to help you get started. I heavily used wholesomebabyfood.com as a guide for how to prepare foods, which ones to start with, etc. Thanks to the amazing help of my Beaba Babycook Pro, I had a freezer full of delicious and nutritious food for my little gal in no time. I truly can’t believe how easy it is, and how much money I am saving by making my own food.

One really big motivator of mine in wanting to make my own food, is the hope that by introducing her to new foods early on in life it will cause her to be a more adventurous eater down the road. I have already found myself saying numerous times when she tries a new food, that her brothers didn’t try these things until they were 3 or 4 years old. Some things they’ve even been introduced to for the first time with her.

My husband admits he was quite skeptical of my ambitions, but I’ve even turned him into a believer. He too loves pulling cubes of frozen food out of the freezer and making his own concoctions for her. We’re constantly trying new combinations with her and are often shocked with how receptive she is to them.

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Since I’m just starting this baby food making journey with you, I figured I’d start at the beginning with some basic “first foods” recipes.

The very first thing we ever gave her was avocado. Here is an excerpt from the Wholesome Baby Food website, explaining why avocado is a good food to try first:

Avocado – a great first food for baby, avocados burst with essential fats and nutrients that a growing baby needs. Smooth and creamy, avocados are easily digested and well tolerated by most babies!

She absolutely loves avocado! In fact, most mornings she starts her day out with avocado mixed with rice cereal and breast milk. There are so many great combinations you can create with avocado as a base (more on that coming soon).So if you’re just starting out and getting ready to start your little one on solids, avocado is a great place to start!

Even though you could technically just mash the avocado with a fork, I like to throw it in my Beaba Babycook Pro anyway, because it just gives you a perfect smooth consistency, that you just can’t achieve simply by mashing with a fork. As mentioned above, one of my little gals favorite combos is avocado with rice cereal. I just add the avocado chunks, rice cereal, and breast milk (to help thin out the mixture) to my Babycook bowl and blend it all together until the desired consistency is achieved.

Combinations To Try With Avocado:

Avocado Baby Puree

Avocado Baby Puree

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado (or desired amount)

Instructions

  1. Peel and take out the pit of a ripe avocado.
  2. Dice the avocado into chunks and add to the Babycook. Avocado does not need to be cooked.
  3. Puree, in the Babycook, to the desired consistency. Add water, if necessary.
  4. Freeze, or store in the refrigerator, in Multiportions container.
http://fingerprickingood.com/2015/09/10/basic-avocado-baby-puree/

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Multiportions Cube (2 ounces)
Servings Per Container

Amount Per Serving
Calories 112 Calories from Fat 92.7
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10.3g 16%
Saturated Fat 1.5g 8%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 4.7g 19%
Sugars 0.5g
Protein 1g 2%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Baby Food & Beaba

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My main mission when I started this website was to help other families navigate life with type 1 diabetes. Because of the age of my son, all of my content has been based around providing kid-centric meal and snack ideas.

Now that I have an infant in the house again, I often think about what we would have done had C been diagnosed any earlier than he was. Diabetes management with a toddler was hard enough. I simply can’t imagine if he had been an infant. But yet, I know that is many people’s reality.

In recent months my infant daughter started solids. I’ve made it a priority to make all of her food thus far vs. buying pre-packaged baby food. It seems like each time I do, I find my mind wandering to those families who have such little ones with this awful disease. So for a few months I’ve been mulling over the idea to share my baby food creations on here (with nutritional information), in hopes to reach those families with itty-bitty babies who are navigating life with diabetes.

I questioned if this would really help anyone. I suppose the percentage of people who have an infant with type 1 and wants to make their own baby  food is relatively small, but even if this helps one person, I would consider it a success. Of course, I also never imagined how far the original concept of Finger Prickin’ Good could go either, so perhaps there is a gigantic community that a baby-focused type 1 recipe series can reach in the end. As a side note, if you happen to be a parent of an infant with type 1, please reach out to me and let me know if there are specific topics you would find helpful, and I will try to cover them.

So… back to the purpose of this post and the exciting announcement I’d like to make… When I was still on the fence about starting down this path, I stumbled on an opportunity to partner with one of the best baby food product companies in the world, Beaba, and it gave me the push that that I needed to actually make this happen. So, I’m very excited to announce that I will be partnering with Beaba to bring an ongoing series of baby food recipes, tips, and product reviews to Finger Prickin’ Good. As long as my baby is still in the baby food phase (and perhaps into toddler-hood), I’ll be featuring recipes from first fruits and vegetables to more intricate combinations, all prepared using the insanely cool babycook pro. I hope that you are, or someone you know, can benefit from this. And if you can’t directly use the recipes and information, I hope that it can inspire discussion or bring awareness to the fact that there is a whole subset of newly diagnosed kiddos who can’t even eat solid food, yet need to deal with the giant food challenge that comes with being type 1.

Of course, I’ll still be focusing on all of my “normal” content, as well. This will just bring a new, hopefully interesting, element to the site and to our little community.

 

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