Easy, fresh and nutritious!
Apples are one of the most widely available fruits in the world and are a tasty and nutritious member of the Rose Family - weird? think rose hips. This lovely fruit originated from Western Asia and can now can be found in almost all the corners of the earth. There are over 7000 varieties of apples on earth today, so finding apples that your baby will like will not be a problem at all.
Apple baby food can be introduced to babies by the age 6 months. Apples for baby food must be washed thoroughly, peeled, steamed, grated or boiled in as little water as possible before serving. A lot of babies will easily accept apple baby food especially if you use the sweeter varieties. Adding sugar to homemade baby food is not recommended as sugar will only encourage a sweet tooth and tooth decay. There are a lot of sweet varieties of apples that you can use, that are not as tart as the granny smith apples which are more ideal for baking and cooking.
Apple allergy is in some cases associated with birch pollen and may cause a reaction known as Oral Allergy Syndrome. Symptoms include an itchy mouth, tongue and swelling in and around the throat. Not everybody with birch pollen allergy will react to apples.
We have all heard of the old saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away". Apples are a very nutritious fruit. Fresh whole apples contain a lot essential vitamins and minerals that will help us maintain good health. Apples are a great source of vitamin - C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which helps protect us from heart disease and cancer of the colon and more. Whole apples are also a good source of dietary fibers, riboflavin and thiamin.
Babies and young children (and a lot of adults) seem to prefer sweeter tasting apples to tart ones. Making apple baby food using the sweet tasting apples might yield positive results and your baby's mouth will keep opening for more apple puree. Select/pick apples that look the healthiest. Healthy apples must be firm and must have healthy looking skin with no bruises or pressure marks. You can store your apples in the crisper center of your refrigerator to maintain both freshness and nutritional qualities for quite a long time. If you are going to make cooked apple puree, it is a good idea to cook and freeze the apples as soon as you can after buying them to preserve all those nutrients.
Apples ranked in first place on the 2011 dirty dozen list, which makes apples one of those foods that you must try to buy organic, especially if want to use them for making homemade apple baby food. Unfortunately organic apples cost more than the ordinary apples but are readily available in most supermarkets. If you cannot get your hands on organic apples then peeling off the skin (apples for babies must always be peeled anyways) of the ordinary apples should do the trick.
Wash, peel and core 1 or more red apples of your choice. Steam on medium heat for about 8- 10 minutes.
Once the apples have cooked and are nice and soft, puree until smooth. Add breast milk or boiled cooled water for a thinner consistency.
Wash, peel and core both the apple and the pear and slice (not to thick). Bring water to the boil in your steamer and spread the fruits on the steamer basket starting with the apple slices and then the pear slices. Reduce heat to medium (I use mark 5 on my stove) and steam for about 8-9 minutes or until tender. when cooked, transfer to a bowl reserving the water you used for the steaming. Puree to a smooth consistency using a bit of the reserved liquid for a thinner consistency.
Here is yet another easy to make breakfast idea for babies. The apple and Greek yoghurt in this recipe transforms the humble oatmeal porridge into a delicious breakfast treat for babies and toddlers alike.
This porridge is suitable for babies from 8 months of age and is especially suitable for babies who already enjoy a wide variety of foods.Ingredients
Combine the milk, water and oats in a small heavy based sauce pan; Cook on medium heat for about 4 minutes; remove from heat; add the grated apple and Greek yoghurt and combine thoroughly. Serve
This recipe contains Oranges and should therefore not be offered to babies with a sensitivity to oranges.
Combine water, juice and milk in a non-stick sauce pan and bring to the boil. Whisk in the polenta and then add in the apple pieces. Reduce heat and sima for about 9 - 10 minutes.
Mash the apple pieces using a potato masher or the back of a fork. You can also puree the mixture with a hand held food processor for a much more creamer and smoother texture.
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