Apples are the perfect first fruits, because they contain a small amount of citric acid, which can cause an allergic reaction in infants.
One of the most important nutritional components in apples are two types of fiber – soluble (pectin) and insoluble which normalize intestinal function by preventing constipation and diarrhea.
Apples are easy to prepare for baby food, they are also easy to digest and most important they are full of nutrients.
They contain iron and phosphorus from minerals, and they are good source of vitamin A and vitamin C.
They help eliminating cholesterol from the body.
Apples can be well combined with other foods: bananas and other fruits, carrots, pumpkin, yogurt, chicken. Even if they are baked or cooked they will keep most of the nutrients.
Nutrients in Apples
Vitamin A – 73 IU
Vitamin C – 9 mg
Folate – 4 mcg
Vitamin E – .66 IU
Potassium – 158 mg
Calcium – 9.5 mg
Phosphorus – 9.5 mg
Magnesium – 7 mg
Selenium – .4 mg
The simplest recipe for apple puree: Wash apples, peel them and clean the seeds. Cut them into slices and cook with water until they become soft. Make a puree, which can be added to the grains, or mix it with other fruits or vegetables.
Apples with rice (from 7+ months)
Three cups of water
Three-quarters of a cup of yellow rice
One green and one red apple
A cup of yogurt
Preparation: Put the rice to cook for ten minutes, add the apples and mix with the yogurt.
Rice and apple pudding (from 10+ months)
Half a cup of brown rice
Two cups of water
Half a cup of formula milk
Quarter cup of peeled and sliced apples
Two tablespoons of cinnamon
Preparation: Combine all ingredients in the pot and cook them for 30 minutes. Pour the milk and cook for another ten minutes.
Peel the apples and place them into a baking dish. Add a teaspoon of coconut oil, pour a small amount of water, sprinkle them with a cinnamon and bake at 250 degrees, thirty minutes.
Apple and Oats Cereal for babies (6+ months)
1/3 cup oats
¾ cup water
Preparation: Peel, core and cut the apple, than place it in a pan together with the oats and the water. Cook on a slow boil till apples are soft. Mix it with formula or breast milk.