My husband and me are not big fruit eaters. Sure, we’ll go through brief phases of eating apples or grapes or pears, but it doesn’t last long. I’ve just never been a huge fan of fruit, but give me any veggie, and I’ll be happy. I feed D a well-rounded diet that includes fruits, but I needed a solution for ‘keeping’ fruit – a fruit shortcut, if you will; with the baby portions being served, the fruit would spoil before it was finished. So, these are some of the fruit shortcuts we use to serve to D:
Freeze-dried blueberries. I just discovered these at Trader Joe’s and D loves them! These are much better than those horrible ‘puffs’ they have on the market for babies, and these have a similar texture. These look just like a fresh blueberry, except they crumble when you put them in your mouth. They pack a ton of flavor! Be warned, these will have a purple juice just like a fresh berry:
TJ’s also has versions in pineapple, strawberry and raspberry – I’m thinking of trying pineapple and mixing with puffed rice for a great diaper bag on-the-go snack for D (the blueberries would be a stain waiting to happen).
Raisins are super easy and they keep well. My only concern is that many dried fruits (I was checking out cranberries and blueberries this past weekend) have sugar added to them. Raisins are sweet enough as it is, so these are a special treat.
Frozen fruits are the closest thing to fresh fruits. I love Dole’s selection, and these frozen fruit chunks work really well in a mesh feeder – great for a teething kiddo! D loves the mango, and it’s super easy for me to grab a few pieces and defrost them for D’s meals. Again, no spoiled fruit here.
These are some great fruit shortcuts, especially for the winter months. I’m sure our fruit selection will become more varied once summer is here, plus melons will be in season — that’s a fruit that the whole family enjoys.
What are some of your fruit shortcuts?