How to Make Acorn Squash Baby Food

Although acorn squash is a winter squash, it is closely related to zucchini which is a summer squash. It gets its name because of its acorn shape. It has a mild sweet flavor that mixes well with a variety of fruits and vegetables. They are packed with vitamins and antioxidants, making them a wonderful starter food for babies as early as 4 months old!

How to Select the Best Acorn Squash

  • Small – Large acorn squash are drier and contain more stringy membranes
  • Heavy – Light in weight indicates they have less moisture
  • Should appear dull – Shiny acorn squash reveals that they were picked too early and will be less sweet.
  • Smooth and dry skin
  • No cracks, dents or soft spots
  • Deep green color, some orange is okay


Health Benefits for Acorn Squash

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  • Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory
  • High in dietary fiber
  • Helps prevent or relieve constipation
  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Regulates blood sugar
  • Helps prevent obesity, gastrointestinal disorders, hypertension and heart disease
  • Improves bone and teeth health
  • Helps prevent breast, colon, lung and prostate cancer
  • Supports immune and skeletal system
  • Helps prevent osteoarthritis and osteoporosis
  • Reduces risk of stroke, depression and type 2 diabetes
  • Supports vision and muscle contraction health


Vitamins and Minerals in Acorn Squash

  • Vitamins: A, B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), C, folic acid and K
  • Minerals: Calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc


Acorn Squash Puree Recipes Baby Will Love

Roasted Acorn Squash Puree

Steamed Acorn Squash Puree

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