How to Puree Food and The Benefits Of Vegetable Puree
Have you ever wanted to know how to puree food or why you even have puree? Well this article will hopefully answer these questions and give you a little more information about pureed foods and the benefits of vegetable puree for your diet. We will begin by discussing exactly what puree is!
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What Is Puree?
A smooth mixture of food that has uniform consistency is called a puree. Mostly, made from vegetables or fruit, puree is made for multiple purposes and can help people of all ages.
Puree has a role in enhancing the tastes for a baby when they first begin solids following a milk diet. Older people including adults may need puree as part of a therapeutic diet and bariatric patients will need a pureed food diet following weight loss surgery.
For some people with multiple illnesses, you may need to calculate their total daily energy expenditure. Then you can work out a pureed food diet plan with the best possible food choices to enable them to get the daily nutrition needed. You may want to ask you’re nutritionist to use TDEE calculator measurements to work out how many calories a patient burns and how much food is required on a daily basis. This can be super helpful for an elderly patient or someone who is working on weight loss.
At the end of the day, Pureed food is a great source of nutrition for those who are unable to eat solid foods whether than is temporary or permanent.
How to Make Puree?
The most common and popular method for making puree is to add food chunks in a blender and blend with a very little amount of water, stock or milk if needed.
Fruits can blend in their natural form and usually do not need any extra water adding before blending because of its internal water content. Fruits are great for infants and elderly.
Bariatric patients can enjoy pureed fruits, but gastric bypass patients need to ensure the fruit is not too high in sugar to avoid illness and dumping syndrome.
Vegetables will need to be cooked before being blended into a puree. Vegetables are a great source of nutrition on the pureed blended diet and often blend nicely when soft and combined with milk or a chicken stock or bone broth.
Cereals and protein like meat need to be properly cooked to a soft texture so that it can be blended appropriately. The mixed food puree can be made by combining two or more food groups.
You can blend meat on it’s own by combining it with a stock or broth or puree meat with a root vegetable or mashed potatoes.
Another great source of protein would be blended beans, legumes and pulses.
The Benefits of Vegetable Puree:
Vegetable puree has many benefits, the most obvious being the nutrients and goodness found in pureed veg. There are other benefits to eating vegetable puree and here are the reasons as listed below:
- Following gastric bypass surgery, one will need to undertake a soft food diet stage whilst the stomach is healing. Having plenty of pureed vegetables will not only allow you to get the nutrition you need, it will do so in a safe and
- Child taste development – The complementary feeding period of a baby has great significance on this food choice in later life. It is suggested that mothers should introduce vegetables before fruits in order to enhance palatability and taste. The fruits are sweet in taste and are easy to adapt. Vegetables on the other hand are bland in taste, thus requiring some effort to make adaptable for your baby.
- Enteral feeding – Some patients who are hospitalised or in critical care units need food to be provided through enteral or tube feeding depending on their medical and health condition. The food like cereals, protein, and vegetables can be provided to them by making a puree in a tube.
- Soup for elderly – Sometimes older people may have issues chewing food. As age increases, the chewing capacity decreases. Vegetable puree is a very appropriate option for elderly who struggle with solids as it is soft in texture, and pureed vegetables needs little effort to swallow in comparison to solid veg.
- Therapeutic diets – Vegetable puree also has a significant role in therapeutic diets. In the mechanical soft diets food is offered in the pureed form so that persons who have a mechanical issue in chewing can still enjoy the goodness of vegetables. A bland vegetable puree diet can help patients who need to lower the spices and fat content they consume to prevent worsening of conditions such as ulcers and GERD.
- Provision of the nutrients – Most importantly vegetable puree is rich in vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes. It provides essential micronutrients to the person who is on the pureed blended food diet and we all know the wider the variety of vegetables we eat the better for our body.
About Angela Milnes
Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and adults. Angela has also taught cooking classes and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Instant Pot Table. Follow her on Pinterest!