Peaches & Nectarines in Baby Food Recipes - When Can Baby Have Peaches & Nectarines?
Did you know that the only difference between peaches and nectarines is the lack of fuzz on the nectarine skin. Nectarines tend to be smaller and more aromatic than peaches and have more red color on the fruit surface. (U.R.I. Horticultural School)
The Goodness of Peaches & Nectarines for Your Baby
Peaches are high in Vitamin C and Vitamin A and they contain a great amount of fiber. Peaches are known to have a diuretic affect and also are a natural laxative.
When can my baby have Peaches in baby food recipes?
Many pediatricians recommend that babies may begin to eat Peaches anywhere from 4 to 6 (six) months old.
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 those between 4-6 months of age. Peaches are yummy, sweet and juicy. They pair well with a lot of other foods for baby such as chicken and bananas and avocado. Peaches may be poached, steamed or baked. Please be aware that Peaches tend to loose their nutritive value with prolonged cooking. Baking peaches or using a microwave to steam them may be the best choice of cooking for optimal nutrient retention.
Peaches may be fed to your baby in pureed form alone or mixed into cereals, yogurts, and even in meats such as chicken. Frozen peach slices stuffed into a baby safe feeder are GREAT to help alleviate teething pain. Ripe peaches, or gently cooked peaches, may be diced into small cubes and fed to your baby as a Baby Finger Foods. If you find the dices are too slippery for baby to pick up, coat the dices with crushed and powdered Cheerios or with Wheat Germ.
As always, we recommend that you consult with your pediatrician about introducing solid foods to your baby; generalities may not apply to all babies.
Nutrients in 1 medium sized peach - with skin
Potassium - 193 mg
Phosphorus - 12 mg
Magnesium - 6.9 mg
Calcium - 5 mg
Selenium - .4 mg
Also contains trace amounts of iron, zinc, manganese and copper.
How to select and store Peaches and Nectarines for Baby Food
According to the EWG, peaches (nectarines too) are one of the "dirty dozen" foods that are most highly contaminated with pesticides - purchasing organic is a smart choice.
Once picked, a Peach or a Nectarine will not get any more sweet or ripe. A Peach or a Nectarine will however become softer and will also become more juicy. When selecting these fruits, you want to ensure that there are no cuts or bruising on the fruit. Purchase peaches and nectarines that are firm yet slightly yielding when gently pressed.
How to peel a Peach to Prepare for Baby Food
Scrub fruit clean and carve an X into 1 side of the fruit
Place X side down in a pan with an inch of water
Bring water to a boil and steam until soft and tender
Allow the fruit to cool and then peel the skin from fruit - the skin should slip off very easily.
Tasty & Simple Peach Baby Food Recipes
Pureed Peaches for Baby
Steam or Bake or Blanch Peaches for Making Baby's Peach Puree
These methods work for nectarines, plums and pears as well. I HIGHLY recommend giving baked peaches a try at least once. You will find they are more tasty when baked. Why not try baking for all fruits?
Steam Peaches - Method 1
1. Scrub fruit clean and carve an X into 1 side of the fruit
2. Place X side down in a pan with an inch of water
3. Bring water to a boil and steam until soft and tender
4. Peel skin from fruit and remove pits and/or seeds
5. move to step #6 below
Steam Peaches - Method 2
1. Peel fruit
2. Pit the peach
3. Cut the peach into dices
4. Steam until soft and tender then
5. move to step #6
1. Halve the fruit, pit and place "open" side down in a pan filled with 1 inch of water
2. Bake at 400F until soft and tender and/or puckering of the skin appears.
3. Peel skin from fruit and remove pits if you did not do so prior to baking (you may also leave the skin on your baked peaches - the skin may simply melt into the fruit.)
4. move to step #6
1. Bring 3 or 4 cups of water to a rolling boil
2. Add cleansed peaches or nectarines to the boiling water and boil the fruit for 3-5 minutes
3. Remove fruit to a bowl of cold water, allow to cool for 2 minutes
4. Slip off the skins and then take out the pit
5. move to step #6
Moving to Step 6
6. Reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the fruits
7. Peel off skin if you have not done this already. Place fruit(s) into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.
8. Add the reserved water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin puree
9. Add cereal (if desired) to thicken up.
Peeling Fruits & Veggies - It is suggested that fruits and veggies be peeled for those babies under 8 months of age. This allows for easier digestion. If you have always left peels on, then there should be no need to begin peeling. Read more about Peeling Fruits & Veggies
Peach Baby Food Recipes - Peaches & Tapioca
without yogurt with Yogurt
½ Cup Water
1/3 Cup Quick-cooking Tapioca
1 Peeled & pitted Peach
½ Cup Vanilla Yogurt
Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Gradually add tapioca, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low & cook 5 minutes, continuing to stir constantly. Separately puree the peach & add to the mixture. Blend tapioca with yogurt & peach.
1 peeled & pitted Peach
1/2 ripe banana - peeled
Steam peach if needed and then mash it
Mash the peeled banana into the peach
Puree if needed for your baby's texture preferences.
Peaches a la Squash
2 peeled & pitted Peach
1/2 cup pureed acorn or butternut squash
Steam peaches if needed and puree or mash. Mix the pureed peaches into the squash and serve.
This pairs nicely with chicken as well as stirred into rice or oatmeal cereal
Peach Rice Pudding for Baby
2 cups 2% milk
1/2 cup honey (*leave out for babies under 1 yr. old)
2 eggs (use 4 yolks for those under 12 months.)
2 tsp vanilla
4 cups cooked short- or medium-grain brown rice
1/3 cup raisins
1 cup low-fat, peach-flavored yogurt (we prefer plain.)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk together milk, honey, eggs, and vanilla. Add cooked rice and raisins and mix well. Pour mixture into a 2-quart casserole dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
Cover and bake for 40 minutes, stirring twice during cooking time. Remove pudding from oven and let cool. Stir in yogurt and cinnamon. Tastes great warm or cold. Store leftovers in refrigerator.
Foods Good to Mix With Peaches for Baby Food Meals
Butternut or Acorn Squash