How to Make Blueberry Baby Food

Blueberries are super fruits that are related to cranberries. Blueberries do not continue to ripen once they are harvested, so it it important to know how to select them. Blueberries should have a whitish coat that is not to be confused with mold. This whitish coat is a natural preservative. Do not wash blueberries before storing them because it will remove the protective coating, causing them to decay at a faster rate. You can store fresh blueberries up to 3 days in the refrigerator and up to 6 months in the freezer! You can place them directly into the freezer in the plastic container they are purchased in. Blueberries are tart so it is a good idea to mix them with another puree or cereal.

How to Select Blueberries

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  • Whitish coat
  • Firm
  • Completely blue, no red tinge
  • No water or juice at the bottom of the container
  • Not shriveled or wrinkled
  • Gently shake the container to make sure they move freely, this includes frozen packages
  • No signs of mold or bruising

 

Health Benefits for Blueberries


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  • High in vitamin B6, C and K
  • High in manganese
  • Low in sodium
  • High in dietary fiber
  • Super anitoxidant
  • Promotes strong bones
  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Fights oxidant stress at cellular level
  • Helps prevent heart disease
  • Helps prevent breast, colon, esophageal, lung, pancreatic and prostate cancer
  • Improves eye health by protecting the retina from sun damage
  • Hypoallergenic fruit
  • Reduces the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Helps regulate insulin and blood sugar levels

 

Vitamins and Minerals in Blueberries


  • Vitamins: A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), C, E, folic acid and K
  • Minerals: Calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium and zinc

 

Blueberry Puree Recipes Baby Will Love


Boiled Blueberry Puree

Raw Blueberry Puree

 

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