I love the Fall! I know some of you will think that I am a bit loony when I admit that I look forward to the Fall and yes, even to the Winter. I would venture to guess however, that many of you also share my love of the colder seasons, if only because of the scrumptious foods that are ready to go from farm to table. In the Fall, fresh fruits tend to be in less abundance and the variety of in-season fruits takes a dive as well. With the advent of cross-country refrigerated transportation, those of us in the U.S. are able to enjoy almost any type of fruits, no matter what the season may be. The availability of oranges in December or apples in June is a true gift that we should not take for granted to be sure. I am always thankful for the abundance of fruits and vegetables at my local grocery store.
Apples and peaches are two of my favorite fruits of the Fall. Nothing beats an apple or a peach plucked fresh from a local farm stand, grown and ripened in the here and the now of the Autumn season. They are not only delicious and easy to prepare; these fruits also make excellent first foods for babies.
Apples are a great choice for one of baby's first foods. Apples are easy to prepare, easy to digest and are full of nutrients. Apples are also very versatile and may be added to almost any baby recipe you find. You can mix apples with cereals, veggie purees, with meat purees and use them in teething biscuit recipes, in healthy cake recipes, in yogurt and mixed with other fruits also. Visit the Apples for Baby page to learn more and find easy and tasty apple recipes.
Peaches may be available all during th year but here in New England, our local peach growers are just beginning to really churn out the crop! Peaches may be fed to your baby in pureed form alone or mixed into cereals, yogurts, and even in meats such as chicken. For those that start their babies on solid foods earlier than the recommended 6 months of age, peaches are an easy to digest first food for babies between 4-6 months of age. Peaches are yummy, sweet and juicy and they pair well with many other foods for baby such as bananas and avocado. Peaches may be poached, steamed or baked. Please be aware that peaches tend to loose many of their nutrients with prolonged cooking. Baking peaches or using a microwave to steam them may be the best choice of cooking for optimal nutrient retention. Visit the Peaches for Baby page to learn more and find easy and tasty apple recipes.
Fruits Fresh and In Season in the Fall
The Versatile Autumn Smoothie
1/2 cup plain whole milk yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
dash of ginger
1 frozen or nicely ripened banana
Combine in a blender.
Blend until smooth.
This "smoothie" may also be used as a "meal" for baby and may be frozen for later enjoyment. Mix a bit of this into baby's sweet potatoes – yum!