Apples are sweet and juicy. This makes them a favourite of babies. Apples also have great health benefits that promotes the health of your little one.
Apples are high in fibre both soluble and insoluble which makes it easy for baby to poop without struggle. This means Constipation is history. Great news for mommies. ,
Apples also help to lower cholesterol levels. High cholesterol leads to heart diseases therefore apples protect the heart.
Apples also help to boost your baby’s immune system.
Now that you know the benefits, let’s learn how to make it at home.
Introducing homemade Baby Food to your baby
Directions on How to Make Apple Puree/ applesauce for your baby.
Wash your hands very well. With soap and under running water.
For the apple Try Macintosh, Gala or Braeburn Apples…honeycrisp is our favorite ( Any Red Apple is goody)….Wash your apples very well and then peel, cut them in pieces
1. Steam/Boil……Place a steamer insert into a saucepan or just use the saucepan if you don’t have a steamer insert to boil it …fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. …add the Apples to the steamer basket and cover tightly for maybe 4 minutes or until tender.
2: Place Apple in a blender or food processor, add the water you cooked with or you can add breast milk and puree until smooth . … Add water or breast milk as needed to reach desired consistency. For babies 10 months or older, mash the Apples with a potato masher instead of pureeing it.( it all depends on your baby and you)
3: Put applesauce into your BPA-free containers…Cool Apple puree and refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days. Freeze leftovers for up to 3 months. (One week or less is ok with me) Thaw overnight in your refrigerator.Warm it up in about 10 to 15 and feed baby. Is ok to microwave food in a mug or a pyrex bowl or boil hot water and leave the container in there till it’s warm enough to feed baby.
you can Bake Apples for Baby
A……Core apples and leave peel on (without the peel, the apple will turn to mush)
B….Place in a shallow baking or roasting pan with a bit of water – about an inch or 2 of water
C…..Bake in a 400-degree oven for 30 minutes or until tender, be sure to check on the water level.
D… Once baked, allow to cool and then slip off the skin if needed. mash or blend
By Maame Tiwaa Dadson
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