A perfect puree to help boost the immunity of your little one - filled with carrots, apples, fresh orange juice, ginger and turmeric, this puree will help keep your kiddo from getting sick all season long.
It's that time of year again, where we get to enjoy peppermint lattes, thick cozy sweaters, a glass of robust cab and of course a sick miserable baby.
Having a sick baby or kid is the one thing I can completely skip each fall. Mostly because they need you and only you all-the-time. You know how miserable they feel but after four hours of rocking them, while covered in either snot or throw up, until your back starts to ache and you just can't take it anymore.
Last year, we got hit hard with sickness after sickness. I am going to blame it on the fact that Ellie started preschool and for the first time she was exposed to a ton of germs that I would normally do my best to avoid. I was also completely unprepared for germ season and didn't bulk up on any immunity builders for them.
This year, I am being proactive.
I am going to build up our immunities so strong that I am pretty sure they will be indestructible. Or, at least I am hoping they will be.
This puree, is where we are starting - an immune boosting puree filled with apples, carrots, fresh orange juice, ginger and turmeric that I am serving to my girls in reusable pouches. I actually made a shelf in our fridge for the girls that they can now both reach, that is now stuffed full of healthy snacks and reusable pouches with this puree in them. This way they can pick up a pouch whenever they are hungry. This recipe makes 7 pouches, so I of course doubled it and froze half of the pouches for the weeks ahead.
For babies, this puree is good from 6-7 months of age and can be served as a meal.
Note on the turmeric, it is a very pigmented spice, so watch that your little monkeys aren't jumping on the couch while sucking their immunity boosting purees down, cuz the turmeric might stain fabrics (true story).
Here's what this puree has got going on (and it's a lot)!
Carrots - Carrots are loaded with beta carotene, and one of its important jobs is to support the body's mucus membrane (stay with me here), this mucus lines the respiratory and intestinal tracks, making it harder for bacteria to enter the bloodstream to make you sick. It is like having an armor inside your body, a slimy one, but an armor nonetheless.
Apples - Apples contain an antioxidant that helps boost and fortify your immune system. It also gives this puree a natural sweetness so that your little one will eat it.
Orange - Oranges are filled with a ton of vitamin C, which helps increase the levels of antibodies released when a virus or bacteria is trying to make you sick while also ramping up the production of white blood cells that helps destroy them. Freshly squeezed orange juice is always a great way to protect your little one from a vast majority of sicknesses.
Ginger - Ginger is known for its magical medicinal properties, and I kid you not between ginger and garlic, you can ward off or kill almost any sickness you have. For immunity building, ginger has antimicrobial properties and two natural antibiotics that help kill off bacteria and viruses. For this puree you have to use fresh ginger, which can be found at almost any grocery store in the produce section.
Turmeric - Turmeric is another amazing spice with a ton of medicinal benefits. You can sometimes get turmeric in the store in the produce section (usually by the ginger) or in powder form. One of the many ways turmeric helps boost the immune system is that it contains an active ingredient called curcumin in it. Curcumin helps create proteins that are vital to your body's immune response on fighting off bacteria.
Normally when I make my reusable pouches for the girls, I just spoon the puree into the pouch on the side that opens. It's not necessarily the cleanest method, but it works just find. Then I found this small and easy to use Filling Station from Squooshi and I am in love! It makes filling those pouches like a million times easier, bonus it is also mess free!
You can also get the filling station with 6 reusable pouches for less then $20 on amazon. It is a rockin good deal!.
Immune Boost Puree for Baby + Toddler
4 medium carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
4 apples, cored and roughly chopped
1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1. In a medium pot, bring 2 inches of water to a boil over medium high heat. Place a steamer basket into the pot. Add in the carrots and then the apples, in that order, to the steamer basket. Steam for 12-15 minutes or until carrots are tender and can be pricked with a fork. Let cool slightly.
2. Transfer the carrots and apples to a blender or food processor. Squeeze the juice of the 1/2 of the orange into the blender and add in the ginger and the turmeric. Puree for 60-90 seconds or until completely smooth. Serve as a meal for baby or spoon into reusable pouches for your older kiddos.
Age: From 6-7 months and
Yield: 25 ounces
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Storage: store in an air-tight container in fridge for 3 days or in freezer for 3 months. These are one of our favorite freezer storage trays.
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New to making purees? Then check of my guide on which kitchen tools you actually are going to need. Hint, it's not many!