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Baby’s first fruit – Apple

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 

VITAMINS:

Vitamin A – 73 IU

Vitamin C – 9 mg

Folate – 4 mcg

Vitamin E – .66 IU

 

MINERALS:

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.

Recipes:

Apples with rice (from 7+ months)

You need:

  • 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)

You need:

  • 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.

Baked apples

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)

You need:

  • One apple

  • 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.