Actually making baby food is very easy for you to make at home. With a wide selection of ingredients that will add to the adequacy of nutrition for your baby. This time we will introduce two ingredients that can be used as baby food, namely apples and sweet potatoes.
Who does not know apples, everyone would agree that fruits that have red, green or yellow skin have good nutritional content, especially to be used as food for babies. The fiber content in apples can help your baby maintain bowel regularity, colon cancer and diverticulosis. Soluble fiber in apples is useful for preventing cholesterol while insoluble fiber helps in regulating bowel movements.
Giving apples to babies can be given at 6 months of age (6 Months Baby Food).
You can choose apples for complementary foods because they have special benefits for babies:
- Prevent constipation in babies
- Apples are low in allergies
- Apples are easy for babies to digest
- Apples can be obtained easily
- The taste of the shell is very easy for babies to accept
As for those of you who will choose apples, here are tips for choosing apples that are good for baby food:
- Choose apples that have bright colors
- Avoid choosing apples that are wrinkled
- Avoid choosing apples that have a soft surface because they have been hit.
- Choose apples without nicks or bruises on the surface
Furthermore, the food choices suggested by the Nutrition Action Health Letter are sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes contain vitamin A, beta carotene, potassium, folate, calcium, vitamin E which are very good to meet the nutritional needs of babies. In addition, sweet potatoes are easy to digest because they contain fiber. Even in research that sweet potato content is very good for the health of your child’s eyes. Sweet potatoes can reduce the risk of blindness in children. Well, this time we will provide some preparations that you can practice:
You can easily make juice from fresh apples. Meanwhile, for you who will give sweet potato juice, you can steam it first.
Then you can puree it by mixing 3 tablespoons of breast milk. For example, you will make sweet potato puree, so you can make it from 3 medium sweet potatoes plus 3 tablespoons of breast milk. As for apple puree you can add 3 apples with 1 tablespoon of breast milk.
3. Sweet Potato Chicken Porridge
You can make chicken porridge with a mixture of sweet potatoes and apples. The ingredients and how to make it the same as chicken porridge, only add 1/4 of an apple and 1 small sweet potato.
As you get older, you can give direct slices of steamed apples or sweet potatoes. Thus making the baby train the growing teeth and recognize the texture that varies according to the baby’s age. (Also read: Baby Boy Names)