Monday, February 17, 2014

Reef Loves His Applesauce

The Goodness of Apples for Baby: 


Reef Indy (5.5 Months) is ready for his applesauce
Reef Indy (5.5 Months) is ready for his applesauce

"An Apple a Day" as the old saying goes is indeed good for your health. Apples are truly a wonder fruit and they may be one on your baby's first foods.

One of the most important nutritional components of Apples is that they contain two types of fiber; insoluble fiber and soluble fiber. Both the insoluble fiber in apples and their soluble fiber pectin, help maintain bowel regularity (thus helping to prevent diverticulosis and colon cancer). The insoluble fiber works like roughage, while the soluble fiber (pectin), helps keep the bowels regular (avoiding constipation, avoiding diarrhea) and specifically affects the makeup of the stool. Pectin will firm up the stool as it is a soluble fiber.

While the study of apples' health benefits is still in very early stages, research to date suggests that apples and apple nutrients may play a role in promoting human health in a number of ways. Apples may help maintain good healthy by promoting cardiovascular health by lowering LDL cholesterol and inhibiting LDL oxidation, and reducing the risk of certain types of stroke; maintaining a healthy weight, as part of a low-fat, fiber-rich diet; promoting lung health, by countering the effects of oxidative damage; promoting prostate, liver and colon health, by inhibiting the growth of related cancer tumors; and promoting bone health, by providing a good source of the dietary mineral boron

Making your own applesauce both easy and healthy!

  • Step 1: Use Fresh Organic Apples
  • Step 2: Wash & Peel the Apple
  • Step 3: Core & Chop the Apple
  • Step 4: Cook the Apple*
  • Step 5: Puree or Mash the Apple
  • Step 6: Serve the Applesauce

Baby applesauce is extremely versatile. Serve it plain or mix it with another puree or two to introduce your baby to new flavors and textures. 

 *Bring water to a boil in a medium-size saucepan. Reduce heat until bubbles are soft. Cook apple chunks until tender. Check apples after 10 minutes -- it's important to minimize cooking time to help preserve vitamins and minerals. When apples are tender, drain and rinse with cold water for three minutes to stop the cooking process. 

Oma will be making Reef Indy some applesauce for his dinner tonight!

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