I have a picky eater. She loves spaghetti, pizza and french fries, but I can scarcely get her to touch a vegetable or eat raw fruit. No matter how much I tried to shelter her from processed/junk food as a baby and infant, she eventually learned to love nothing but the worst of the worst foods.
How does that happen? I think there must be some chemicals put into processed foods that triggers the brain to become addicted to those foods. Someday I’ll prove it.
Anyway, it has been such a challenge to keep my daughter eating nutritious foods. I have found that she prefers snacking to eating large meals, so I try to have healthy snacks for her, all the time. Her absolute favorite snack is Peter Rabbit’s organic fruit purees. I don’t mind her having them, since they are made up of only organic pureed fruits, but daaang, they can be expensive. At $1.69 a piece, she could easily plow through 5 a day, if I let her. And my grocery budget can’t sustain that kind of expense.
Her favorite Peter Rabbit puree is the Mango, Banana & Orange, and since I happened to have mangoes, bananas and oranges in my kitchen, I decided to recreate the fruit puree, and save myself money!
I have had these reusable pouches for a while, and they come in handy! They’re easy to fill, and easy to clean. A bit of sage advice: If you’re sending them with your tot to preschool, make sure the people who clean up the mess don’t throw them in the trash when the meal is done (speaking from experience).
This is a super simple recipe, and can be switched up to include your child’s favorite fruit or vegetables, and you can probably even sneak in some super foods, like kale.
Mango, Banana and Orange Fruit Puree
- One mango, peeled and pitted
- 1 banana, peeled
- 2 oranges, peeled and seeds removed
Add all ingredients to a blender, and puree until smooth. Fill into reusable pouches, and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
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