We all want what’s best for baby. The perfect place to start? Homemade purees made with fresh fruits and veggies. These DIY recipes are easy to make, inexpensive and filled with wholesome all-natural ingredients.
Plus, spend more time with baby by cooking ahead. Simply spoon the puree into ice cube trays, freeze for 8 hours, and then transfer cubes to a resealable plastic bag. You can store them in the freezer up to 3 months!
3 medium carrots, scrubbed and cubed + 5 Tbsp. water
Steam carrots 8–12 minutes. Blend with the water. Makes 1 ¼ cups.
Hyvee Dietitian Expert Tip“Gradually introduce your infant to foods, one at a time to detect any allergic reaction. Begin dairy, such as nut butters, eggs or soy, starting at about 6 months of age. With each new food, wait a few days to make sure your baby doesn’t have a reaction such as diarrhea, vomiting or a rash.” —Kimberly Proctor, RD, LD
12 oz. Hy-Vee Short Cuts honeydew melon, cut up.
Blend. Makes 1 ¾ cups.
8 oz. Hy-Vee Short Cuts butternut squash, cubed + 3 Tbsp. water
Steam squash 5–10 minutes. Blend with the water. Makes 1 cup.
2 medium mangoes, peeled, pitted and cut up + 2 Tbsp. water
Blend with the water. Makes 1 cup.
3 medium parsnips, peeled and cubed + 2/3 cup water.
Steam 5–8 minutes. Blend with the water. Makes 1 ¼ cups.
2 cups raspberries + 1 ½ Tbsp. water
Blend with water. Makes 1 cup.
1 (10-oz.) pkg. Hy-Vee Steam Quick Frozen Peas + 6 Tbsp. water
Steam peas in microwave according to pkg. directions 9–11 minutes. Blend with the water. Makes 1 ¼ cups.
3 medium red beets, peeled and cubed + 1⁄2 cup water
Steam beets 30–40 minutes. Blend with the water. Makes 1 cup.