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Another great food to introduce to baby early, apples are easy to eat and easy to digest. Here are a few easy and yummy ways to introduce apple into baby's diet.
Oats and apple cereal: Peel, core and dice an apple into small chunks baby can chew comfortably. Mix in with 1/4 cup oats and 3/4 cup water and bring to a boil. Simmer until apples are soft and oats are cooked. Mash until the mixture becomes almost puree-like. Suitable for babies 4-6 months old.
Baked apples: Leave peel on a cored apple and place a tiny bit of butter on the inside (if baby can have butter). Place apples on a shallow pan with 1-2 inches of water and bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes or until apples become tender. Once cooled, remove skin if needed. Suitable for babies 4-6 months old.
A staple in baby diets, here's how to make a simple applesauce. 1) Wash and peel the apple. 2) Core and chop the apple into small chunks. 3) Bring water to a boil and cook apples until tender, then wash under cool water. 4) Puree in a food processor or blender. Add water as needed. 5) Serve with sweet potato, carrot, peach, pear, banana, chicken, yogurt or oatmeal. 6) Leftovers can be frozen for up to 3 months. Easy, peasy! (Recipe from parents.com
P.S. Apples are one of the fruits and veggies that contains the most pesticides, so buying organic is a smart choice, especially for baby's early development. Not sure which type of apple to choose? Red delicious and gala apples are the best for baby's mild taste buds.
We all knew avocados are a superfood for adults, but did you know that they are one of the best foods for baby? Healthy, high in nutrients, and easy to eat, they are also a great way to introduce veggies and solid foods into baby's diet once they hit 4-6 months.
- look for avocados that are soft to the touch to ensure that they are immediately edible
- puree with a masher or blender, and add water, breast milk or formula for the right consistency depending on how old baby is
- for a dash of sweetness, add a banana
- use all at once because avocados don't keep very well (guacamole, anyone?)
Have you incorporated avocado into your baby's diet? Share your tips and recipes below!
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