Introducing babies to solid food for the first time is always exciting. I tried my best to come up with different recipes for my little one to satisfy her ever-changing taste for food. Today at the age of 2 years, she is an avid fruit and vegetable eater. Giving the taste of produce at an early age lays a foundation for what babies would prefer later in life. Keeping this in mind, today I am sharing a recipe made from two nutritious fruits.
Here I have cooked plums and apples together and added some cardamom powder to it. This puree can be combined with various other foods like bananas, baby cereals, yogurt etc.
Plums are filled with vitamin c vitamin k, copper, fiber, and potassium. They have various antioxidants and help in better absorption of iron. Plums are high in fiber which helps relieve constipation in babies and toddlers. Plums can be introduced to babies as early as 6 months. But, I introduced my little one to this fruit after she turned 8 months of age.
While shopping for plums, look for ones that are free from any cuts or bruises. They should yield to gentle pressure and should be little soft at their tip. You can also purchase plums that are firm and ripe them back at home. Avoid those which are too hard, as they would be immature and will probably not develop a good taste. Plums can be left at room temperature to ripen. Once they are ripe, these plums can be stored in the refrigerator for a few more days. You can freeze plums too, just make sure to remove the stone before freezing to ensure maximum taste. Plums can are available in the market from May through October.
- 2 plums
- ½ apple (sweet variety)
- A dash of cardamom powder
- ¼ cup water
- Wash plums well and cut them into pieces, remove the stone. Wash the apple and cut into pieces too.
- In a pot, add water along with pieces of plums, apple, and cardamom powder.
- Cook on medium till apple gets tender. Once done, switch off the heat and let it sit for few minutes to cool down a bit.
- Then run this puree through a food processor.
When choosing an apple for this puree, pick a sweet variety like Fiji or Gala apples.
Plum puree can be a great topping for ice cream for kids and parents.
Talk to your baby’s Pediatrician before starting any new food.
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