Fall is in the air -- the mornings have a slight chill, the days are a bit shorter, and the leaves are starting to turn to beautiful shades of red and gold -- and so are the apples! I love many things about fall, but I especially enjoy all of the fruits and veggies autumn has to offer. Even if you don't regularly make your own baby food, fall is a fabulous time to introduce new flavors and textures to your baby.
Whether it's fresh produce, a smoothie, or hearty finger foods, it's never easier to prepare these fall baby foods that are packed with nutrients and so delicious, the whole family will want to dig in.
Pumpkin: Scoop the flesh out of a roasted pumpkin to make a puree. You can do this with a food processor, a blender, or a fork. If your puree is thick, add a little breast milk or formula to thin it out. Pumpkin can be a strong flavor for a baby's palate at first, but pumpkin puree added to plain or vanilla yogurt becomes an instant and healthy treat.
Apples: You can make a trip to an apple orchard last all winter by cooking down fresh apples to make your own applesauce. (Don't forget to make a big batch and freeze it in ice cube trays for easy serving later.) Then take your applesauce and whip up some applesauce pancakes for yummy finger foods at breakfast.
Squash: This one is for the older baby, but it's one of my favorites: Make a squash bowl by carving the seeds out of a winter squash (acorn or butternut work best). Fill the holes with applesauce and raisins, bake until squash is soft all the way through, cool, and then serve as is. Yummy and fun!
What will you be serving up this fall? What's your baby's favorite when it comes to fall fruits and vegetables?
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