Try our simple and delicious apple baby food recipes and discover why apples are one of the best loved foods for little ones!
Apples are among the most perfect fruits for use in your baby food recipes!
Yes, the old adage ‘An apple a day…’ may be correct, because apples
Apples contain 2 types of fibre – soluble and insoluble.
Apple juice contains less cancer-protective anti-oxidants than whole apples and is lower in dietary fibre.
To get the maximum nutritional benefit from whole apples, it is better to prepare them WITHOUT peeling them when appropriate (approximately 2/3 of the fibre and anti-oxidants are contained within the peel).
Organic apples are best, as non-organic apples appear on the Environmental Working Group’s list of ‘The Dirty Dozen’ – those fruits and vegetables most commonly contaminated with pesticides.
In order to minimize the risk from these pesticides as much as possible, non-organic produce should be peeled – resulting, therefore, in a significant loss of nutrients.
If you DO decide to give your baby apple juice, then choose cloudy juice rather than clear because it is richer in nutrients.
Always look for firm, brightly coloured apples with no bruises – and avoid those with any sign of wrinkling to the skin.
Russetting (the appearance of little ‘leathery’ patches on the skin) is quite normal and not at all harmful. However, many people just don’t like the appearance – and russetted apples are becoming less popular as a result!
When you slice an apple, the flesh turns brown fairly quickly. Some apples turn brown more quickly than others (we find that Red Delicious tends to be the worst, whereas Golden Delicious apples stay white for longer).
This reaction is caused by exposing phenolic substances within the apple’s flesh to oxygen, thereby converting them to melanin. This process may cause some loss of vitamin C.
The best way to prevent an apple from turning brown when sliced, therefore, is to limit its contact with oxygen – generally by soaking it.
You may soak sliced apple in apple juice, pineapple juice – or even plain old water, if you’re stuck!
Many people like to rub cut apple with lemon juice, or add lemon juice to the soaking water. This is very effective but it does affect the flavour a little (causing some babies to reject it). Also, there is a small risk of allergic reaction to citrus in babies under one year of age.
When preparing your apple baby food recipes, it’s important to use fruit that is naturally sweet – particularly tart apples would require sweetening before most babies would be happy to accept them.
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With your doctor’s consent, cooked apple may be given to your baby as one of his very first foods.
In fact, more and more parents are choosing to introduce their little ones to foods such as apple, pear, banana, sweet potato or squash from the outset, as opposed to the more traditional infant rice cereal.
There are various ways in which you can prepare a basic apple puree for your baby.
Apple blends perfectly with cereal, many other fruits, vegetables… and even meats!
Try pairing cooked apple with
Unfortunately, there is no clear answer to this question as all babies – and thus their skills – develop at different rates.
Although some varieties of apple are somewhat ‘mushy’ in texture, many apples are crisp and crunchy. If your baby has no (or few) teeth, then you should bear in mind the fact that raw apple is difficult to ‘gum’ and may, therefore, pose a choking hazard.