Sweet Baby is so much like his Poppa. He LOVES to eat. The other day he ate two whole sweet potatoes at lunch. He has many favorite foods, like banana and avocado. That is my go to meal-so quick to make for the little guy. He usually won’t eat avocado alone but he loves it banana. Or the other day he tried it mixed with tomatoe & carrots. My hubby said tasted like guacamole. He also loves sweet potatoes! As I type his butternut squash is being cooked in the oven for dinner. I was surprised at how healthy butternut squash is! Also little did I know it’s acutally a fruit, because it has seeds. Butternut squash are low in fat and delivers an ample dose of dietary fiber. It provides significant amounts of potassium, important for bone health, and vitamin B6, essential for the proper functioning of both the nervous and immune systems. It has folate contents which help guard against brain and spinal-cord-related birth defects such as spinal bifida. I’ll remember this when I’m pregnant with baby number 2! It’s also a supporter of healthy lung development in fetuses & newborns. With only a 1-cup serving, you get nearly half the recommended daily dose of antioxidant-rich vitamin C. I’m awful at picking produce.
Here is instructions on How to buy: Choose an unblemished fruit that feels heavy for its size with a matte, rather than glossy skin. A shiny exterior indicates that the fruit was picked too early, and it won’t be as sweet as a fully grown squash. Most winter squash is available late into the fall. Store whole butternut squash in a cool, dry place (not the refrigerator) with plenty of ventilation; it should keep for up to three months. Cut squash will stay fresh for up to a week, wrapped in the fridge.
Here are instructions on How to cook Butternut Squash or Sweet Potatoes (or Winter, Acorn Squash).
- Rinse the outer skin, and place sweet potatoes whole (prick the skin with a fork to help them “breathe” while cooking)/squash in half (cut side down in a glass pan) in a 425 degree oven for about 45-55 minutes or until squishy.
- Peel the skin off the sweet potatoes/scoop the squash out of the skin and place in a food processor and puree. If the mixture is not creamy enough, add some formula, breast milk or my favorite, boiled water until the consistency is right
- Save some of the food puree for your sweet pea to taste during his/her next meal and freeze the rest in an ice cube tray
- After the trays of puree are completely frozen, pop out the cubes and store in a marked freezer bag.
- When you are ready, put the number of cubes you wish to thaw either in the refrigerator overnight or in the microwave to cook immediately. If you are going out for a play date or will be on-the-go, put them in a small Tupperware for easy transport.
Source for nutritional benefits on butternut squash
Source for how to cook butternut squash.