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“C” is for…constipation

April 26, 2011

Sexy, eh? Not only did I never think I’d be talking about constipation (back when I was a single gal), I sure never thought I’d be blogging about it. But alas, my life is totally consumed by such riveting topics that I feel so compelled to share with you! Sigh…somebody please make me a martini so I can feel normal again?

Ok, so this is a recipe for all your constipated little angels out there. This is especially great for those under 12 months who are venturing into the world of solids and eating rice cereals, etc. I tell ya’, nothing bungs you up like a serving of rice, oat, or barely cereal 3 x’s a day. It’s kinda crazy actually; your kid goes from liquid pooh to giant adult pooh and somehow those wee little bodies have to process all this.

Why not help them out a bit and make “BM’s” more comfortable (instead of watching them turn purple as they…well, you know what they’re doing).

This recipe comes from The Baby’s Table, by Brenda Bradshaw. It’s my favourite go-to recipe book which is perfect for babies & toddlers. I love this recipe because:

  • It helps with constipation
  • It’s sweet and tasty
  • It’s fresh & healthy
  • It’s high in iron (so works great after you’ve graduated beyond the rice cereal & formula phase)
  • It’s quite versatile and can be added to a number of items such as cottage cheese, yogurt, ice cream, or a smoothie.

Dried Fruit Puree

10 pitted dried apricots

15 pitted dried prunes

1 1/2 cups water

2 medium apples (washed, peeled, quartered)

In a sauce pan, cover dried apricots & prunes with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer partially covered for 15 minutes.

Add apples and stir, continue to simmer for another 10 minutes. Then remove from heat.

Save the cooking water, but puree the mixture in a blender or with your favourite weapon of choice. Add the cooking water to help thin out the puree so it’s a nice smooth/runny texture. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze; transfer into a ziploc after cubes have frozen so you can grab a cube at a time.

Dried fruit is high in iron, but also sugar. So here’s my warning: don’t serve this right before bedtime! We did that once and Simone was bouncing off the walls. Head spinning 360 degrees, psycho babble in full force…lots of fun. Also, give their gums/teeth a wipe afterwards so the sugars don’t settle in.

Defrost a cube at a time and add to plain or french vanilla yogurt; great way to hide some nutrition and address the “C” issues you may be having.  😉

If you have any comments about this recipe please leave them below and subscribe to this post so you can read my follow-up remarks. And here’s to happier diaper changes and trips to the toilet. May the force be with you!

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