Introducing your baby to new solid foods could be tricky, however the key to making healthier and more successful purees is to always make them completely by yourself since no one knows your child better than you do; store-bought puree baby food while quicker and easier to use isn’t the best decision for your baby’s health.
Now although zucchini is a very popular summer squash, it is usually not the first choice for most parents. Mostly so because of its peculiar taste, but to resolve this zucchini could easily be paired with other sweeter vegetables like carrots, peas or even fruits like apples to make puree baby food.
Zucchinis are very nutritious and could have many health benefits when successfully introduced into your baby’s diet, with their high vitamin content (A, B1, B6, B2 vitamins).
The summer squash is also rich in beta carotenes, magnesium, potassium, copper, folate, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, protein and healthy omega-3 fatty acids, it is also not a common food allergen and is a non-bloating vegetable, rich in antioxidants and heart healthy, all of which makes it great for puree baby food.
What You Need
• Organic zucchini (with the skins on, peeled zucchini lacks all the nutrients in the skin for your baby)
• A quality baby food maker that steams and blends food into smooth purees
Directions To Make The Puree
Zucchini baby food puree is very easy to prepare. Additionally, because of its tender skin it purees quite easily and in the absence of a baby food maker, you could choose to use this method:
• Wash the zucchini thoroughly and cut into small chunks or slices.
• Steam for about 10-15 minutes. Roasting the zucchini at a temperature of about 450 Fahrenheit for roughly the same period of time can often be a better option since it already has high water content.
• Now puree the food in a blender or food processor until you achieve a smooth baby food puree. You would need to add water (as necessary) to achieve the desired consistency; you can also opt for baby formula or breast milk to make the zucchini puree have a taste that’s more baby-friendly and obtain a creamier texture.
While using a food steamer or rice cooker to steam the zucchini and then moving on to puree with a food processor means you can make larger quantities than with the baby food maker and is just as effective, the biggest advantage for working moms is that the food maker is time-saving and eases the clean-up process.
With the Baby Food maker, you simply:
• Again, wash the zucchini properly and cut it up into smaller chunks with the skin on.
• Pour the slices into the baby food maker’s processing canister.
• Add water or your liquid of choice as needed and allow the machine steam and process the puree into a fine, smooth texture.
One added advantage of the baby food maker, is it does not require constant checking. With a few pumps of the right button, you can have your perfect zucchini baby food puree. Now just divide and transfer the puree into ice cube trays for freezing and storage.
In the end, the hard part is usually getting your baby to consume the food and ensuring that it’s done right down to the timing. Because of the peel, most parents steer clear of zucchini baby food puree until they’re about 6-8 months. Around this age, they are better able to digest the processed skin… but it varies from baby to baby, so don’t fret if you can’t get your baby to love zucchini puree baby food just yet.