The introduction of foods has been quite the journey. I’ve come to realize that if there’s fruit involved, Finn is much more interested in eating. Can you blame him? Of course, he’d rather experience a touch of sweet compared to the taste of veggie purées. I’m still committed to making 90% of his food and I whole-heartedly believe that home-cooked meals from locally sourced, organic produce is 100% more nutrient dense than store bought, factory processed baby food. To keep Finn interested, I’ve started to play around with blends by mixing fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and herbs. Cantaloupe is in season so I decided to mix it with cucumber, spinach, mint and coconut oil. The result was a tasty treat that he literally devours with joy, and, I can feel happy knowing that he’s not JUST eating fruit. Unfortunately, I had complete mommy-brain and totally forgot to actually take a picture of the purée; so, instead, here’s a picture of Finn eating. Imagine a green fruit smoothie – that should be the desired consistency and look of the completed recipe.
Minty Melon Purée Recipe
1/2 organic melon (I used a Sugar Cube because it’s in season at the farmer’s market and insanely delicious)
1 organic cucumber (peeled)
1.5-2 cups organic, raw spinach
1 tablespoon organic coconut oil
1 tablespoon fresh, organic mint leaves
Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until you have the consistency of a purée. Divide into 2 or 4 ounce glass containers. Put 1 or 2 containers in the fridge and freeze the remainder for quick and easy meals in the weeks to come.