Full disclosure: we are the people who, at the first HINT of a chill in the air, immediately transition into fall mode. We love summer, don’t get us wrong, but fall is just so warm and rich and cozy! And we don’t just mean the scarves and lattes—fall food makes us swoon. Pumpkin everything, earthy veggies, and versatile fruit that tastes as good on its own as it does in a pie. As we dust off our collection of soup and bread recipes and head into autumn, it’s a good time to dive into what yummy fall produce our babies will be noshing on once the leaves turn and the days get shorter. Because we shouldn’t be the only ones vibing on fall!
We love sweet potatoes and your little ones will too! Sweet potatoes are full of beneficial minerals and antioxidants for growing babes and are an excellent source of fiber and vitamin A. Plus, they’re one of the most delicious fall veggies out there! It’s no wonder Little Spoon’s Sweet Potato Apple Red Bell Pepper Turmeric blend is one of its most popular. And sweet potatoes aren’t just for lunch or dinner—serve them up to your toddler in a sweet and savory mash paired with Turkey Rice Balls, one of Little Spoon’s newest recipes from their toddler & kid line. Of course, if you’re looking for a lunch or dinner option with sweet potato, Little Spoon also has crispy, crunchy sweet potato carrot poppers paired with their cult-favorite Chicken Super Nuggets—perfect for dipping in Veggie Ketchup!
Apples and Pears
Okay, so apples and pears can be enjoyed year-round, but did you know that these delicious fruits hit their seasonal peak in the fall? Apple season typically runs from July through November, and pear season lasts from August through the end of October. And they’re not just delicious—they pack a nutritional punch! Pears are a rich source of folate, niacin, and important minerals like copper and potassium, while apples have you covered with manganese and vitamins A, E, B1, and B6. Plus, they’re both great sources of soluble fiber, so they help keep things moving in your little one’s tummy and make a great first food for your little one. Little Spoon has you covered with their single-ingredient Apple and Pear purees. When your mini’s palate gets a little more complex, dig into seasonal flavors like Carrot Apple Buckwheat Cinnamon Pumpkin Seed Flax Oil.
Ah, the star of the show! Once fall kicks off, it’s impossible to miss all the amazing pumpkin goodness. From pies and breads to a certain cult-fav latte, pumpkin rules the roost during the autumn season. Pumpkin is also a great source of vitamin A and beta-carotene, so your little will reap the benefits while gobbling it up.
While technically a fruit, butternut squash is so versatile that it can be eaten and enjoyed in so many different ways during fall. From sweet to savory, there’s nothing you can’t use it for! It’s also loaded with key nutrients for your growing babe, like vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and potassium. It’s amazing on its own, like in Little Spoon’s Butternut Squash blend—ideal for those first bites. But your mini will love it in the Quinoa Butternut Squash Kale Apple Babyblend, which just screams fall. For toddlers and older kiddos, they can chow down on Little Spoon’s Mac and Three Cheese, which actually has organic butternut squash hidden right in the ooey gooey sauce!
We are so down with the beet beat! There’s something about bright, vibrant veggies that makes them so much more enjoyable—it’s like you can see how good they are for you in those deep, rich colors. And as far as vibrant veg goes, you can’t get much better than beets. These root veggies are packed with more than just color—beets are an excellent source of folate and vitamin B6, not to mention fiber and important antioxidants. Little Spoon’s Beet Banana Mango and Strawberry Basil Beet Chia BabyBlends are perfect for introducing your babe to the magic of beets.
We totally get that it can be a little intimidating to figure out how to prepare all this gorgeous fall produce when cooking for kids, but Little Spoon makes it as easy as (apple) pie with their Babyblends and Plates. No slicing, dicing, or chopping required.