I didn’t even think of giving my 3 year old daughter beetroot when she was an infant but with my 6 month old son I am more willing to feed him different things. The pediatrician has also given the thumbs up: the new theory is to give the infant everything from the get go as can prevent allergies. My husband always used to say that but I would give him the evil eye. Turns out hubby was right too!
Here’s a delicious beet and cherries puree recipe for an infant. Beetroots are high in fiber and contain a generous amount of calcium, potassium, and Vitamin A. Beets are also very affordable and are widely available. I like to buy them raw and steam them at home. They are a little messy at feeding time because of the deep red color but it can be easily cleaned with Oxy Clean or Baking power. Since we had a batch of fresh delicious organic cherries at home, I added a few to the puree and the puree was a perfect balance of tart and sweet. Did my little boy like it? Read on and find out!
Here’s the recipe:
1) Wash and peel the beet. Remove the ends and cut the beet into small pieces.
2) Steam the beet till cooked.
3) Remove the pits from the cherries.
4) Combine the cooked beet and the cherries in a blender and puree. Add water to dilute the consistency. Do not re-use the steamed water.
Alternative: If you don’t want to cut and steam the beets at home, many stores such as Trader Joe’s now carry peeled and steamed beets. You can just use them and add cherries and make the puree.
Verdict: When I served it yesterday to my 6 month old, he kept crying and I wasn’t sure if it was because he didn’t like the puree. I was a little disappointed because the puree was really delicious, something I know I am going to make more in the future as a dip or mix it with yogurt. It turns out that he was really tired when I feeding him the puree because today he ate the entire cup and made a jolly red mess everywhere.
Note: Beetroots are high in nitrates so don’t serve this to your baby if the baby is younger than 4 months.