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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Baby Food - Pureed Pear with Greek Yogurt and Wheatgerm
This baby dish has been a real favourite for my little ones over the years. I love that it is such a nutritionally balanced dish, packed with goodness and as a dessert or snack it is perfect for growing tummies. Pureed pear makes for a wonderful introduction to solids, as it is so appealing to the young palate with it's sweet flavour.
It is important to choose only sweet fruit that is completely ripe for your baby's fruit purees. When your baby is around 8 mths the pear puree can be combined with greek yoghurt and wheatgerm for a very satisfying dish. Full fat Organic Greek yogurt makes a good choice for infants, as it is more fattening than other standard yoghurts. This is most beneficial for babies as they need fats in their diets for proper growth. It is also higher in protein and has less sodium than regular yogurts. There are so many benefits with including wheatgerm in your baby's diet. It is packed with vitamins and minerals and is particularly high in Vitamin E and Iron. Just a sprinkle over your baby's pureed pear and Greek yogurt is a great way to give an already healthy dish a considerable nutritional boost.
2 ripe pears, peeled and cored
3 tbsp pure apple juice or boiled water
1.Chop your pear into small even sized pieces. Put these into a heavy based saucepan with the apple juice or water.
2.Cover the pan and cook over a low heat, for about 3 mins, until the pear is tender.
3.Blend the pear to a smooth puree using an electric hand blender.
4.Spoon a little puree into your baby’s bowl and serve either lukewarm or cold.
Pear Puree with Greek Yogurt and Wheatgerm
Combine 2 tablespoons of the pear puree with 2 tablespoons or Organic Greek yogurt.
Sprinkle over 1 teaspoon of wheatgerm and stir to combine.