Apple banana mush, apple banana baby food recipes
Apple and bananas goes well with each other. I love them in smoothie. Why not try the same for baby who is 6 months old? Shreeya likes this combination so much. I give apple banana mush to her in the evening. I do not make this apple banana mush in a large quantity and refrigerate it because I fear it would get oxidized and also the color would change. I prefer apple banana mush to be fresh for shreeya. Babies usually like it because of its natural sweetness. Apple banana mush provides lot of energy to our babies. Feed your baby and I am sure you are going to have fun!
Health benefits of apple and banana
Contains both soluble and insoluble fiber
Least allergic food
Maintains bowel regularity
Contains Potassium and fiber
Contains Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and Vitamin B2
Provides lot of energy
Easy to digest
When should you introduce apple and banana
Apple and Bananas are usually recommended for babies between 6 to 8 months old. You should steam the apples until tender and then puree it. I would prefer to avoid giving raw apples to babies. Please discuss with your pediatrician just before giving it to your baby because generalities may not apply to your child. It is a good idea to introduce one food at a time waiting 4 days before another new food can be introduced just to make sure your baby is not allergic to it.
How to make apple banana mush:
1. Cut the apple into small pieces and deseed it. In a pan, add 1/2 cup of water and boil the apple pieces. When apples turn tender, switch off the stove. At this stage, when you prick the apples with the fork, the apples should fall out. Also, the quantity of the water would have reduced by half. Reserve the water. Let the apples and the water cool down completely.2. Peel the banana, and mash it nicely using a fork. Grind the steamed apples, reserved boiled water and mashed bananas to a fine puree. The consistency should neither be too thick nor too thin.Now, apple banana mush is ready! Serve it immediately.
How to select apple and bananas
Apples are one of the fruits that are highly contaminated with pesticides. Apples should be firm without indentations, bruises and cuts. Choose brightly colored apples and avoid discolored ones.
Bananas are available throughout the year so you can buy it whenever you want. Buy smaller bananas so that the unused bananas do not get waste. Bananas must be firm and avoid buying the green ones. If you buying the green bananas, please wait for few days until they are ripe. If you feed green bananas to the baby, it would constipate and may upset their stomach.
How to avoid apple and banana from browning
You could soak apples and bananas in cold water, apple juice or pineapple juice to prevent it from browning. The citrus acid might be allergic to babies so ask your pediatrician first.
Note. If bananas are unripe, put them in a plastic bag and they will ripen faster.