BLUEBERRY PEACH AND PEAR BABY FOOD RECIPE: FACTS
Blueberries contain more antioxidants than any other fruit! Anti-oxidants are free radical fighting agents that combat long term illnesses and cancer. This is why blueberries are referred to as a “super fruit”. Not only do they have numerous anti-oxidants, but one cup blueberries contains 14% of the RDA (recommended daily allowance) of fiber, and nearly one quarter of the RDA of vitamin C. These properties ward off constipation as well as boost the immune system. Blueberries are very low in calorie content. The blue hue of the fruit is only on the skin portion and is attributed to anthocyanin, causing the blue and red color in numerous fruits and veggies. North America is the leading producer of blueberries, making over 90% of them when in season. The peak season for blueberries is in July. A fun family outing can always be had at a u-pick blueberry farm!
FUN FACT: President Ronald Reagan celebrated the fruit at his inauguration when he insisted that there was a blue Jelly Belly. This prompted Jelly Belly to come up with the blueberry flavored jelly bean. Jelly Belly’s could always be found on Reagan’s desk, as they were his favorite candy
Eye Health: beta carotene is responsible for eye health, and peaches are a rich source of this vitamin; beta carotene improves vision health by increasing circulation of blood throughout the body
- Fiber: the high amounts of fiber contained in this fruit combat constipation
- Full of Vitamins: A, C, E, K with numerous minerals (calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, manganese and phosphorus); these items can be further researched, but are overall good for eyesight, keeping the immune system healthy while fighting off infection, aiding in heart health, and bone development
- Antioxidants: eliminates free radicals leading to disease and cancer
- Lycopene and Lutein: prevent eye disease and cancer
FACT: Ripe peaches may not need steaming at all!
- Pears are high in fiber, preventing bloating, constipation, and colon cancer.
- Pears contain a fair amount of vitamins C, K, B2, B3, and B6. For expecting or nursing moms, they also contain folate. Pears contain calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese. Vitamin C and copper are antioxidant nutrients, so eating pears is good for your immune system, and may help prevent cancer.
- Pears also contain boron, which our bodies need in order to retain calcium. This means pears aid in bone and teeth development.
- It’s a hypoallergenic fruit which means those with food sensitivities can usually eat pears with no adverse effects.
BLUEBERRY PEACH AND PEAR BABY FOOD RECIPE: INGREDIENTS
1 ripe peach, peeled, pitted, and diced
1 ripe pear, peeled, cored, and diced
1/2 cup of blueberries
2 tbs of rice cereal
BLUEBERRY PEACH AND PEAR BABY FOOD RECIPE: STEPS
- Place all of the fruit in a saucepan and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and add in the rice cereal.
- Allow to cool and serve.