Do you eat the same meals and snacks whatever time of year it is, or do you mix it up depending on the season?
Changing what you eat throughout the year can be a great way of keeping your diet interesting while also making the most of the fresh produce.
Fruit and veg that are naturally ripened often taste better, are cheaper because they are more abundant, and they’re better for you as they’re rich in natural vitamins.
Stop looking for foods to eat in August with kids – apples are this month’s seasonal food.
They’re crunchy, delicious, sweet and juicy, apples are popular with babies and young children, so here are a few ways you can make the most of the latest crop with your family.
Apple recipes for kids
You can start to introduce your baby to apples from 4-6 months old, although it’s worth peeling the fruit for the first few months until your baby is over 8 months old. They’re easy to digest, tasty and full of nutrients, so let’s take a look at a few recipes to try.
Pureed apple for babies (4-6 months)
This is the simplest way to introduce your baby to the delicious flavour of fresh apples.
- Simply peel and core your apple, chop it into bitesize pieces
- Add your apple to a pan and add just enough water to cover
- Bring to the boil and simmer for a few minutes until soft and tender
- Mash the apple, cool and serve
Mini apple pies
For the pastry, you’ll need:
225g plain flour
100g butter, diced
Pinch of salt
2-3 tbsp water
For the filling you’ll need:
4 Bramley apples
2 tbsp caster sugar
2 tbsp brown sugar
Sieve the flour into a large bowl.
Cut the butter into small chunks and add to the flour, rubbing with your fingertips until the mixture resembles bread crumbs.
Sprinkle in the salt and gradually add the water.
Mix to a firm dough.
Wrap the pastry in cling film and place in the fridge for about an hour.
To make the filling, peel, core and chop the apples into cubes. Place in a small bowl with the sugar and mix until covered.
Grease two cupcake tins.
Roll the pastry mix out on a floured surface and cut out circles for the base of each pie.
Place your circles in the cupcake tins and add a spoonful of apple mixture.
Cut out lids for your pies from the remaining pastry and place on top.
Pinch the top and bottom pastry pieces together on each pie to seal the top.
Cut one or two slits in the top of your lids to vent the pies.
Bake in the over at 180-200 degrees Celsius for 15-20 minutes.
This is fun way of encouraging your little ones to eat apples and you can even go shopping together to pick the types of fruit you’d like to add.
Once you have selected your fruit, prepare it by peeling and chopping as necessary. The fun part is skewering the fruit! Slide it onto wooden skewers and serve.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
They’re rich in essential vitamins and minerals, and contain the same amount of fibre as a bowl of bran cereal which helps kids feel fuller for longer – what’s not to love?
However, among all the fruits and vegetables, apples have one of the highest rates of pesticide use. Buy organic to reduce the number of pesticides, or remove the peel for younger children as this is where most of the pesticides are concentrated.
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