Proper Nutrition In Childhood Is Vital and can reinforce lifelong eating habits that contribute to your child’s overall well-being and help them to grow to their full potential and a healthy life. There are no packaged, bottled, or canned substitutes for fresh fruits, vegetables and meats cooked properly.
Maple Acorn Squash - Healthy Baby Food
Equipment: Cleaver, Cutting Board, Kitchen Machine Food Cutter, ¾ Qt. Saucepan or 1 Qt. Saucepan.
Sanitize your cutting board before each use: A maple cutting board made in the USA is best to limit bacteria growth. To sanitize your board before use, place a paper towel over the entire board and soak it with white distilled vinegar. Let set for 3 to 5 minutes before using.
With the cleaver, slice off a ½ inch from the top and bottom of the squash, to provide a flat surface for cutting. Slice the squash in half, then slice halves to quarters, the slice to 1 ½ to 2” strips.
To chop and peel the squash, lock your food cutter suction cup down and a firm, clean surface. Remove the Food Guide and attach the #1 cutting cone, and place a large mixing bowl under the cutting cone. To grate the squash, place the tough outer covering away from the cone blade, and turn the handle at a good clip. The Kitchen Machine will grate the squash and peel it, all in one operation.
Waterless Cooking the Squash. Grate enough squash to fill the pan to the top. About 1 ½ slices for the ¾ quart, 2 slices of squash grated for the 1 quart saucepan. Cover the pan and close the vent. Set the heat to Medium-Low 175°F (79°C) Induction. The ¾ quart will cook in approximately 10 minutes, 1 quart about 15 minutes. Don’t peak
To Serve; Add 1 tablespoon Maple Syrup
This process of waterless cooking baby’s food under controlled low temperature without water, pasteurizes the squash preserving the minerals, vitamins and save the life giving enzymes that are typically lost with boiling, steaming, pressure cooking or microwaving.
Acorn Squash Nutrition Facts - Amount Per 1 cup (140 g) – Calories 63
Nutritional % Daily Value; Total Fat 0.1 g (0%); Saturated Fat 0.1 g (0%); Cholesterol 0 mg (0%); Natural Sodium 6 mg (0%); Potassium 493 mg (14%); Total Carbohydrate 16 g (5%); Dietary fiber 2.8 g (11%); Natural sugar 3.1 g; Protein 1.4 g (2%); Vitamin A (297%); Protein 1.4 g (2%); Vitamin A (297%); Vitamin C (48%); Calcium (6%); Iron (5%); Vitamin B-6 (10%); Vitamin B-12 (0%); Magnesium (12%).
How many calories does my infant need? The estimated energy requirements (in calories per day) for infants are based on their age, size, and sex. Estimated energy requirements developed by the USDA are as follows: 1 to 3 months: 440 to 575 calories per day; 4 to 6 months: 500 to 645 calories per day; 7 to 9 months: 610 to 745 calories per day; 10 to 12 months: 715 to 845 calories per day
The above daily calorie ranges are averages. To find out the daily calorie needs of your infant based on his or her size, visit the following webpage: http://www.nal.usda.gov/wicworks/Topics/FG/Chapter1_NutritionalNeeds.pdf