In the coming weeks I’ll be sharing 26 ways to prepare first foods for baby in a video series called A-Z First Food. One for each letter, starting with… Apples!
To get started, watch the first video step-by-step tutorial here.
Apples for Babies
Did you know there are more than 7000 varieties of apples in the world? Even if you tried a different apple everyday it would take you nearly 20 years to sample the entire spectrum. The most common varieties can be found in the United States and include Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Gala and McIntosh Apples are all easy to prepare, easy to digest and are full of nutrients.
Apples are also very versatile and may be added to almost any baby recipe you find. You can mix apples with cereals, veggie and fruit purees, with meat purees, used in yogurt and more!
Apples are also a good source of potassium. Potassium is a very important mineral for the proper function of all cells, tissues, and organs in the human body. (This mineral is not affected by cooking.)
- Apples contain high levels of various plant chemicals, including the flavonoid quercetin, which has anticancer and anti-inflammatory action.
- Apples contain two types of fiber; soluble and insoluble fiber. Both the insoluble fiber in apples and their soluble fiber pectin, help maintain bowel regularity. The fiber can help to alleviate constipation
Easy Baked Apples for Baby Recipe
Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 2 – Place three cored apples in a baking pan and add 3 inches of warm water. Do not peel the apples, the peel keeps them firm.
Step 3 – Bake the apples for 30 minutes or until they are tender when squeezed with a pair of tongs. Remove the apples from the oven.
Step 4 – Let the apples cool for five minutes and then peel away the skin with your fingers.
- The recipe yields about 2 cups of baked apples.
- If your baby is over 8 months, you can sprinkle the apples with cinnamon or add about 1/2 teaspoon of butter on the inside of the apple.
- To core an apple, use a apple corer or a paring knife to remove the inedible inner portion.
- Serve immediately. Leftover baked apples can be refrigerated for up to two days.
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