6 Winter Fruits & Veggies, Plus Baby- & Kid-Friendly Ways to Serve Them


As the winter chill sets in, it's the perfect time to introduce your little ones to a variety of seasonal flavors. Whether you have a baby just starting on solids or an inquisitive little one at the dining table, here are creative ways to transform six winter fruits and veggies into delicious, nutritious meals.

Note: Please ensure that these snacks are appropriate for your child's age and dietary needs. Be mindful of food size and texture, cutting them into age-appropriate pieces when necessary to minimize choking hazards. Always supervise your child while they eat. Learn more about choking hazards here.

1. Citrus Fruits

Juicy, tangy, and bursting with vitamin C, citrus fruits are perfect for bolstering your child's immunity during the winter months.

Baby-Friendly Idea:

Coco for Mangoes Dairy-Free Smoothie: A blend of mango, coconut milk, apple, date, carrot, pumpkin seed, and citrus-y orange juice, this delightful dairy-free blend is perfect for ages 12+ months.

Kid-Friendly Idea:

Citrus Salad: Create a colorful citrus salad by combining slices of oranges, grapefruits, and mandarins. Drizzle with a touch of honey for added sweetness!

2. Cranberries

Tart and slightly sweet, cranberries contain antioxidants.

Baby-Friendly Idea:

Cranberry Applesauce: Mix stewed cranberries into applesauce for a delightful blend of flavors that your baby will love.

Kid-Friendly Idea:

Cranberry Smoothie: Blend cranberries with yogurt, banana, and a touch of honey for a refreshing and nutritious smoothie.

3. Broccoli

Broccoli is a winter vegetable that's loaded with essential nutrients like vitamin C and fiber

Baby-Friendly Idea:

Broccoli, Pea & Navy Bean Plant-Rich Meal: Fresh broccoli and peas mixed with navy beans and olive oil make this a mighty option for your mini. Cook, then you can blend, mash, or serve as is!

Kid-Friendly Idea:

Cheesy Broccoli TotsCheese, an egg, and almond flour level up our Plant-Rich Meal for bigger appetites.

4. Butternut Squash

Creamy and slightly sweet, butternut squash is loaded with vitamins, including vitamins A and C, which are antioxidants that support your child's growth.

Baby-Friendly Idea:

Butternut Squash, Kale & Quinoa Plant-Rich Meal: Perfect for babies 6+ months, this blend of butternut squash, kale, and quinoa is great as a purée, mash, or finger food!

Kid-Friendly Idea:

Butternut Squash Soup: Create a comforting butternut squash soup that your child can savor on a chilly winter day.

5. Pomegranates

Sweet, juicy, and contain antioxidants

Baby-Friendly Idea:

Pomegranate & Pumpkin Purée: Cut your pumpkin into cubes, steam, and purée with pomegranate seeds until smooth. Use a sieve to remove the seeds from the purée before serving!

Kid-Friendly Idea:

Pomegranate Parfait: Layer pomegranate seeds with granola and Greek yogurt for a tasty and visually appealing parfait.

6. Cabbage

Crisp and slightly peppery, cabbage has vitamins K and C, plus fiber to keep your child's digestive system happy.

Baby-Friendly Idea:

Cabbage & Potato Mash: Combine cabbage and potatoes for a flavorful and nutritious mash.

Kid-Friendly Idea:

Coleslaw: Make a classic coleslaw with shredded cabbage, carrots, and a tangy dressing.

Remember to incorporate nutritious winter produce into your child's diet to ensure they're getting the best of what the season has to offer. Happy winter feasting!

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