Baby Food: Apples

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Apples are a great first food for babies. They’re delicious and sweet and nutritious. There are many different types of apples to choose from, and I had no idea which would be best, so I bought a couple of Gala apples because they were on sale. I’ll experiment with something different next time.

I wanted to add a bit of cinnamon for some extra flavour, but there seem to be conflicting opinions on whether babies should eat spices or not. In some countries, babies eat spices from the time that they start solids, and breastfed babies will taste strongly spiced food through their mother’s breast milk, so it seems like it might be okay. But then there are warnings that food that is too spicy might upset baby’s sensitive tummy. Since Baby P. is just getting used to eating something other than formula, I decided to forgo the cinnamon this time. In a few months I’ll add a little to see if he likes it. I cook with a lot of spices so I really want him to get used to eating flavourful food.

Apples are considered one of the “dirty dozen” (foods that have the highest amount of pesticide residue), so purchasing organic in this case might be a good choice.

A standard disclaimer: I am not a doctor. You should check with your pediatrician before starting solids, and if you have any questions about what foods are appropriate for your baby, your health professional is the best resource. It is recommended that you only introduce new foods to your baby one at a time, and wait at least 3 or 4 days before introducing a new food. Check for allergies after introducing a new food: symptoms like diarrhea, rash, gas, or swelling of the lips should alert you to contact your medical professional right away.

Stage: First foods

Health Benefits:  Apples are high in vitamin C, fibre, and potassium. There is some evidence as well that people who eat apples on a regular basis may be at a reduced risk for asthma and heart disease. Apples contain both insoluble fibre and a form of soluble fibre called pectin, which can help promote bowel regularity.

Try it mixed with: Apricots, celery root, chicken, dates, eggplant, oatmeal, pears, pineapple, plums, pork, prunes, winter squash, rice cereal, sweet potatoes.

Directions:

1 apple, peeled, seeded, and chopped
2-4 Tbsp. water

Steam, boil, or bake the apple until it’s soft. Add to a food processor or blender, along with the desired amount of water to create the consistency that your baby likes. Blend until smooth.

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