When we think of a puree, we imagine smooth, creamy, and consistent textures. Today, I challenge you to reimagine your purees to be chunky, lumpy, and inconsistent! Kids of all ages and stages benefit from eating these types of purees. The chunks and lumps are important to aid your child’s oral, motor and sensory development.
Your child may love yogurt, but yogurt with fruit may be a different story. Or tomato soup may be great, but those crushed crackers really throw off your child. This doesn’t typically occur because your child doesn’t like these foods. It may occur because your child isn’t comfortable with this new lumpy texture.
Smooth purees are super easy to navigate and swallow. With chunks and lumps, our children must learn to tolerate a new type of sensory input while moving those chunks around with their tongue to prepare for the swallow. This is why these types of textures often make kids gag when first being introduced. But don’t worry! Gagging can be a typical part of development when it comes to food exploration!
Allow children to explore their food and prepare their mouth by first checking it out with their hands. When they have squished and smashed their new lumpy puree, they will feel prepared and comfortable to check it out with their mouth. It may take a few tries before they are feeling confident enough to chew and swallow those chunky purees, but don’t give up too quickly! A child likes to be exposed to a food seven time, yes SEVEN TIMES, before they can be sure if they like it or not!
Looking for a super easy and super yummy recipe for a chunky apple sauce? Good news! I have one for you. This slow cooker applesauce isn’t just delicious, it’s also aromatic. It will leave your house smelling like you have been baking apple pie all day! Here’s how to make it:
- 10 apples peeled and cored
- 1/2 cup water
- ½ cup sugar or sweetener
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Throw all of the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours. Enjoy!
This recipe also freezes beautifully! So, no worries if you have made more than your family can eat in one sitting!
Do you have recipe suggestions? Share them in the comments below, and visit The Speech Mom for more ideas from Andrea.
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