Constipation is no stranger to babies. In fact, constipation is one of the ten most frequent conditions that a general pediatrician sees. Infant constipation often begins when a baby starts eating solid foods, so it’s super important to make sure your purees are packed with fibre and magnesium.
We’ve put together our top five puree recipes to make baby a little more comfortable down there.
1. Broccoli Puree – Like most dark green vegetables, Broccoli is high in fibre. In fact, Broccoli is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. Loaded with vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, B vitamins, potassium, iron and manganese (*breath*) It’s a no brainer why this veggie is called a superfood.
2. Sweet Potato and Ginger – One of our favourites. High in beta-carotene, B vitamins and various minerals, sweet potato gives that sweet taste that baby loves. Pair this with ginger, which is said to be a preferred natural remedy for constipation, especially among practitioners of herbal medicine, and you’ve got a winner!
3. Strawberry and Beetroot – Though beets aren’t a dark, leafy green, they do have a great fibre content. By steaming beats in your Babycook, its vitamin A and beta carotene will be more easily absorbed by your baby’s body. Strawberries are also loaded with vitamin C, manganese and various powerful antioxidants.
4. Purple Broccoli and Bean Puree – Beans have a great mixture of soluble and insoluble fibre, both of which helps the food keep moving through the intestines. Add a splash of lemon juice and you’ve got a real family favourite!
5. Pear, Apple and Mint Puree – Apples have around 3-4 grams of fibre. Don’t forget to keep the apple peels on, as that’s where most of the fibre is! Pears have several ingredients that aid in constipation such as fibre, sorbitol and fructose. They also have high levels of water content, which can ease digestion and prevent constipation. Like, apples it’s best to leave the skin intact.