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Apples are one of the most widely available fruits in the world. They are the tasty and nutritious member of the Rose Family (weird?) Think rose hips. This lovely fruit originated from Western Asia, and you can now find it in almost all the corners of the earth. There are over 7000 varieties of apples today, so finding apples for your apple baby food recipes will be easy.
When Can Babies Have Apple Baby Food?
Apple baby food can be introduced to babies at 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 readily accept apple baby food especially if you use the sweeter varieties.
Adding sugar to your homemade baby food is not recommended as sugar will only encourage a sweet tooth and tooth decay. There are a lot of delicious varieties of apples that you can use, that are not as tart as the granny smith apples which are ideal for baking and cooking.
Oral Allergy Syndrome
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 apple.
Apple Baby Food Nutrition
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 of essential vitamins and minerals that help you maintain good health.
Apples are an excellent source of vitamin – C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which helps protect you from heart disease and cancer of the colon and more. Whole apples are also a good source of dietary fibers, riboflavin, and thiamin.
Selecting And Storing Apples For Babies
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 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. Freeze your baby’s apple puree in airtight BPA free baby food storage containers.
Apples ranked in fourth place on the 2017 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 anyway) of the ordinary apples should do the trick.
Apple Baby Food Recipes
Basic Apple Sauce
- Wash, peel, and core 1 or more red apples of your choice. Steam on medium heat for about 8- 10 minutes.
- Puree the cooked apples until smooth.
- Add breast milk or boiled, cooled water for a thinner consistency.
- Apple and Pear Combination (From 6 months)
- 1 red delicious or any red apple of your choice
- A cup of water
- 1 medium ripe pear
- Wash, peel, and core both the apple and the pear and slice (not too 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 and steam for about 8-9 minutes or until tender.
- Once 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.
Apple Oatmeal Porridge(from 8 months)
Here is yet another easy to make breakfast idea for babies. The apple and Greek yogurt in this recipe will transform 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 ideal for babies who already enjoy a wide variety of foods.
- 1 1/2 Cups lactose-free milk
- One Golden Delicious or any sweet apple of your choice washed, peeled and grated
- 1 1/2 Oats
- 2 Tbsp. Greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 Cups water
- Combine the milk, water, and oats in a small chemical-free non-stick saucepan.
- Cook on medium heat for about 4 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Add the grated apple and Greek yogurt and combine thoroughly. Serve
Creamy Polenta with Apple(from 8 months)
This recipe contains Oranges and should therefore not be offered to babies with a sensitivity to oranges.
- 50 g Polenta
- 100 ml water
- 100 ml juice from a freshly squeezed orange
- 200 ml milk
- 1 red apple of your choice
- Combine water, juice, and milk in a chemical-free non-stick saucepan and bring to the boil. Whisk in the polenta and then add the apple pieces. Reduce heat and simmer 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 an immersion blender for a much more creamier and smoother texture.
You can combine apples with Butternut Squash, Chicken, Banana, and Prunes.
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