BANANA RASPBERRY BABY FOOD RECIPE: FACTS
REASONS TO FEED YOUR BABY BANANAS!
- Bananas improve mood due to high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin — the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter. Who doesn’t love a happy baby?!
- Bananas counteract the calcium loss during urination and build strong bones!
- High levels of vitamin B6 aid in the production of white blood cells and aid in strengthening the nervous system.
- Iron strengthens blood and and relieves possible anemia.
- HIgh potassium and low in salt, bananas aid in proper heart pumping, rate and rhythm.
- Pectin aids in digestion and gently chelates toxins and heavy metals from the body.
- Bananas act as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria within the gut.
- Aid in producing digestive enzymes to help digest food more easily.
- High in fiber, bananas help combat constipation.
- When sick with diarrhea, bananas soothe the digestive tract and help restore lost electrolytes due to fluid loss.
- Bananas are a natural antacid, providing relief from acid related to GERD or acid reflux.
- Eating bananas helps prevent kidney cancer, protects the eyes against macular degeneration and builds strong bones by increasing calcium absorption
- Bananas make you smarter and help with learning by making you more alert. This is attributed to the potassium levels.
- Bananas are high in antioxidants, providing free radicals and protection from chronic disease, including cancer
Red raspberries have been growing throughout Europe for centuries. It is believed that they originated in Turkey and spread throughout Mediterranean Europe. The Romans took raspberries throughout their empire – including to Britain.
In the 16th century, people of England started cultivating raspberries. However, wild raspberries continued to grow throughout the country and were harvested and used. Over time, superior strains were identified and cultivated into the plants that we still see today.
Raspberries grow best in places that have cool summers, mild winters and a rain-free harvesting season. About 90% of all raspberries in the USA are grown in Oregon, Washington and California. However, Wisconsin-grown raspberries can be found throughout the late summer.
When explorers and settlers arrived in North America, they discovered a black raspberry growing. The black raspberry was firmer, contained more seeds, and not as sweet as the red raspberry of Europe. Settlers planted red raspberry seeds that were brought with them. In 1771, the British starting shipping red raspberry plants to New York. Black raspberries weren’t cultivated until the 1800’s. Today, they remain a less popular variety of raspberry.
▪ Raspberries can be red, black, purple, and golden in color
▪ Black raspberries are different from blackberries
▪ Raspberries shouldn’t be washed until immediately before eating
▪ Raspberries are the most delicate berry because they have a hollow core
▪ There are over 200 species of raspberries across the world
▪ Raspberries are a member of the rose family
▪ Raspberry plants can live for up to 10 years
▪ Raspberries are made up of many connecting, individual sections of fruit, each with its own seed that surround a central core.
BANANA RASPBERRY BABY FOOD RECIPE: INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup raspberries
breast milk/formula or your baby’s favorite juice
BANANA RASPBERRY BABY FOOD RECIPE: STEPS
- slice the bananas
- puree the bananas and raspberries together
- add liquid to achieve desired consistency (optional)
- serve or freeze