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Chilled Cantaloupe Soup: This refreshing soup is the perfect meal on a hot day.

This refreshing soup is the perfect meal on a hot day.

  • 1 whole lime
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1  cantaloupe (approx 2 1/2 pounds)
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup agave or honey (optional)
  • 2 fresh mint leaves for garnish

Note* The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting to offer honey to children until after their first birthday.

With a vegetable peeler remove zest from lime in strips and juice the lime. In a saucepan simmer water, zest, mint, and agave or honey (if desired), stirring occasionally for 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat and let mixture stand 15 minutes. Pour mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl, and discard solids. Cool syrup to room temperature.

Halve and seed cantaloupe. Scoop flesh into a blender with yogurt, lime juice and purée with syrup until smooth, transferring to a large bowl. Chill soup, covered, until cold, at least 2 hours, and up to 1 day. Skim any foam from top. Serve soup garnished with mint.

Recipe Yields: 6 Servings

Storage Time: 3 days in the refrigerator

This recipe is an excellent source of Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene. Both of these nutrients contribute to maintaining healthy eyesight.

Stage 1 + 2

By combining cantaloupe with blueberries, you can introduce new flavors to your baby in a simple dish that is packed with nutrients and anti-oxidants.

  • 1/2 cup diced cantaloupe
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

Puree each separately. Fill bowl half with cantaloupe (consider the bowl a clock and the half mark is 12 and 6), the other half is the blueberry puree. Now using a spoon swirl the blueberry puree into the cantaloupe for a fun design, it gives baby a taste of both while leaving part of the puree as a single flavor.
You can also try substituting the blueberry with:
Peach
Banana
Avocado
Raspberry

Recipe Yields: 2 Servings

Store the remaining puree in the freezer storage pods to use later. You can store the fruit purees separately or mix together and then freeze.

Storage Time: 3 months in the freezer

Cantaloupe is an excellent source of vitamin and A & C.

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The ABCs Of Vitamin C 

 

Vitamin C is critical for health and growth in infancy. This essential vitamin promotes a strong immune system, the growth and maintenance of healthy skin and red blood cells, plus is necessary to build collagen, which helps to form connective tissue that binds muscles, bones, and tissue together. Vitamin C is also known to increase wound healing, while preventing infections and, as an anti-oxidant, helps protect against diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and arthritis in the future.

 

While you may have heard all of these important vitamin C facts from your pediatrician, you may not know that there are many surprising ways to ensure your child is receiving adequate amounts of the vitamin. During baby’s first year, vitamin C requirements are typically met by milk. Once she begins eating solids as a main source of nutrition, she should have foods with vitamin C daily. Note that most pediatricians suggest infants seven to 12 months should consume 50 mg. of vitamin C a day, while children one to three years should have at least 15 mg. a day. Let’s take a closer look at some common – and uncommon – foods for providing your child with the advantages she needs for healthy growth.

 

Citrus fruits. You probably already knew about this vitamin C option. Introducing your child to oranges, grape fruits, mandarins, tangerines, and other citrus fruits can easily help you meet your little one’s daily vitamin C requirements. Read on for more surprising vitamin C resources.

 

Tomatoes. Believe it or not, getting your child to eat spaghetti sauces, tomato soup and other tomato-based foods can help your child reach her daily vitamin C requirements. For instance, a 10-ounce serving of tomato soup offers 6.4 mg. of vitamin C.

 

Sweet potatoes. Our little daughter has always loved sweet potatoes. Little did I know that one half-cup of mashed sweet potatoes has 20 mg. of vitamin C. Score!

 

Cantaloupe. This child-popular melon is also a great source of vitamin C. Just one-quarter of a medium cantaloupe features an eye-opening 47 mg. of vitamin C!

 

Watermelon. Our daughter considers this a refreshing treat, especially in the summer. Little does she know she is also enjoying the benefits of 8 mg. of vitamin C in just a 3.5-ounce serving.

 

Zucchini. This source of a vitamin C is often included as an ingredient in various toddler dishes. Just one cup on zucchini contains 11 mg. of vitamin C and helps add even more healthy variety to your child’s daily diet.

 

While it’s a good idea to offer your little one a piece of fruit with every meal, try introducing other lesser-known sources of vitamin C, such as those listed above, to help to provide your toddler with a well-balanced diet that offers multi-vitamin and nutritional benefits.