Introducing nutritious fruits and vegetables to your little one is a perfect way to put your best foot forward in creating healthy eating habits. the More tastes and textures you introduce early on the better your chances of fostering a healthy eater from the start!
I wanted to share my ideas and recipes on how to make these homemade baby foods with recipes that are super simple and easy to make. With a little creativity and practice you can incorporate these foods into your baby's daily diet with ease.
When first introducing solids it is important to make the foods as sooth as possible. Which may mean not only pureeing the food to a smooth consistency, but also straining it to remove any larger pieces or seeds and skins. As your baby grows and becomes ore accustomed with the motions of eating, chewing and swallowing larger pieces, you may begin to omit straining, and even start to introduce chunkier food. Eventually you'll only need to cut foods into small pieces (finger foods).
The following are the fruit baby food recipes I used to feed my littles when they were wee ones.
PeachesPeaches are such a go to favorite of mine when making baby foods! They are so easy to prepare and great in many fruit based baby food recipes. Peaches are great because they are very soft and puree easily. There is no need to add juice just cut them up into small chunks, pop em' into the baby food processor, and off you go.
When picking out your peaches make sure you purchase already ripened fruits if you intend to use them right away. Otherwise place them in a paper bag and leave them on the counter top for a day or two. Make sure and keep an eye on them so they don't over ripen and go bad.
Recipe: Peach puree
BananasAnother of the easiest fruits to prepare ever. No food processor required!
Bananas - a great source of Vitamin B6. Also a good source of vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium.
Apricots - very good source of vitamins A and C. Also contains potassium.
Mangos - great source of vitamins A and C. Also contains vitamin B6.
Cantaloupe - very good source of Vitamin A and C, and potassium. Also contains niacin, vitamin B6, and folate.
Apple - raw apples contain a good source of vitamin C. Overall a good source of fiber and magnesium.
Pear - raw pears are a great source of magnesium and selenium. Overall a good source of magnesium and selenium.
Blueberry - a very good source of vitamin C and K. also magnesium.
Raspberry - good source of vitamin K and C. Also a good source of magnesium and dietary fiber.
Recipe: apricot puree
Slice one or two apricots in half and remove the pit. cut each half of the apricot in half again and use a small sharp knife to remove the skin. dice the remaining slices into cubes and puree them to desired consistency. Add a tablespoon of water or breast milk to the mixture to help it puree smoothly. Keep adding additional tablespoons of liquid until you reach desired consistency.
Cut 1 to 2 slices from the cantaloupe and store the rest in the refrigerator. Or cut up and store for easy snack for the rest of the family. Remove the outer skin from the slices you cut using a sharp knife. Cut the fruit into small pieces. Place fruit into processor and puree.
* A side note - apples are a fruit on the "dirty dozen" list of high pesticide toxicity. I highly recommend using only organic produce for these recipes.
Homemade Baby Food Apple Sauce - Peel, core, and cut your apples. The apples should be cut into slices and then cut in half. Place the apples into boiling water and cook until soft. Drain the water from the apples and place into separate bowl. Mash the apples with a potato masher or fork. Or place them in the food processor for super fine apple puree. For infants and first food blend until smooth and then strain through a very fine screen strainer to remove any lumpy consistency.(optional) Add a teaspoon , of apple juice or other fruit juices and cinnamon to flavor.
Bake Apples Into Apple Sauce - Use a shallow roasting pan to bake the apples. core the apples before baking. Place the apples into the roasting pan and add a small amount of water in the bottom of the pan. Cover with a lid or tin foil.
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Bake the apples for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Poke them with a fork to check if they are soft enough to mash. If not then place them back in the oven for another 10 to 15 minutes. Once the apples are cooked let them stand uncovered for 30 - 45 minutes to cool down. Use a sharp knife to cut each apple in half. Peel off the skins and place them into another bowl. Cut them into chunks and either mash them with a fork or place them into a food processor to puree. For young infants new to spoon feeding you may want to strain the apples using a fine strainer.
Pear and Apple Puree - Follow either of the methods above to prepare the pears and apples to be combined together. When each fruit is soft, peel and/or cut them into small pieces and place into a food processor. Puree until smooth and give a good stir to combine. For the smoothest consistency possible then follow pureeing with straining. Strain the pears and apples through a close mesh wire strainer. Feed to baby immediately, or store in take and toss bowls for later meals. This can also be made in large batches and stored in the freezer to use at a later date.
These are just examples of some of the fruit baby food recipes I prepared for my babies. Feel free to experiment with different combinations or different and more exotic fruits. Remember, if you are unsure about a food or whether your baby is ready to start solids consult your pediatrician.