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    Baby Food Recipes: Peaches and Apricots

    To ensure that my daughter eats all the nutrients her growing body needs every day, I lovingly make and feed her homemade baby food. I started making my own baby food when my daughter turned six months old. I have continued making her infant and toddler foods. Although she eats other foods throughout the day, I fill in any nutritional blanks with my homemade baby food. One of the foods that I made during the summer was a delicious peach and apricot baby food.

    My daughter adores peaches! Peaches are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Although high in natural sugars, peaches are also a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, niacin, and potassium and a very good source of vitamin C. Apricots are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Although also high in natural sugars, apricots are also a good source of dietary fiber and potassium and a very good source of vitamin A and vitamin C.

    Washing the Peaches and Apricots Slicing and Pitting the Peaches

    To make the peach and apricot baby food, I started by washing the fruit with cool water. I then sliced and pitted the peaches and apricots. I left the skin intact, however, because the skin is incredibly nutritious. I then placed the sliced fruit in a microwave safe bowl with a little extra water for cooking. I then cooked the fruit in my microwave for about ten minutes, checking after five to stir the mixture up a bit.

    Raw Peaches and Apricots Cooked Peaches and Apricots

    After allowing the cooked fruit to cool for a few minutes, I transferred the peaches and apricots to my blender. (You can also use a baby food processor.) I then blended the fruit into a thick mixture. For younger babies, simply add more water for a thinner puree. Because my daughter is a toddler who can chew, I make her food pretty thick now and leave in some chunks. After blending the fruit, I poured the baby food into ice cube trays for easier freezing. Once the food froze, I popped the frozen cubes into a freezer safe bag for easier storage. When my daughter needs peaches and apricots, I simply thaw a few cubes in my refrigerator.

    Blending the Peaches and Apricots Peach and Apricot Baby Food Cubes

    Do your kiddos like peaches and apricots? Do you make your own baby food?

    Image Credits

    Washing the Peaches and Apricots © 2013 Heather Johnson
    Slicing and Pitting the Peaches © 2013 Heather Johnson
    Raw Peaches and Apricots © 2013 Heather Johnson
    Cooked Peaches and Apricots © 2013 Heather Johnson
    Blending the Peaches and Apricots © 2013 Heather Johnson
    Peach and Apricot Baby Food Cubes © 2013 Heather Johnson

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