I just got back from visiting my very special friend Ingrid and her family. Ingrid is a mother of 4 adult children and grandmother to 7 month old Johanna. Ingrid and I have been friends for more than 30 years. We met when Ingrid attended one of my whole and raw food cooking classes to make sure she would feed her first baby healthy after weaning. Ingrid quickly convinced her husband of the benefits of whole and raw food nutrition by making delicious meals for him. They are one of those rare happy families where ALL children have been raised on whole and raw food from the very beginning.
I was very delighted to meet darling Johanna when visiting. She is a very happy raw vegan baby girl and loves to eat raw food. Her moods are balanced, and the adults enjoy taking care of her. Her mother plans to go back to work in November so she is in the process of weaning her. Johanna was fully breastfed for around 5 months and was introduced early to all kinds of solids in addition to breastfeeding. She sure is not a picky eater. She even accepted the first garden apples which were rather sour – even to adults!
First Raw Foods for Babies
Apples are excellent first raw foods for babies. They make an easy meal. (I do NOT suggest to take a sour apple though! Unlike Johanna, most babies won’t accept a sour fruit.) Just grind or grate a fully ripe apple or puree or blend it and feed it to the baby immediately. That’s all.
The consistency of the apple puree needs to be adjusted to the baby’s ability of swallowing. A very young baby needs its food very smooth and even nearly liquid. As the baby grows and its swallowing reflexes mature, the food can be more coarse and even a bit chunky. When you observe your child, you will be able to tell what is right for it.
In Germany we have special glass graters that make a very smooth puree for the very young child. Other options to make small quantities of puree are a smart stick.
Of course, also the rest of the family can enjoy raw apple sauce. Just add fresh lemon juice with the grated apple. Be sure to include all edible parts of the apple such as skin, core, seeds. You don’t want to let the nutrients of the apple skin and the rest go to waste. – For variety add a dash of cinnamon and a mashed banana to the homemade raw apple sauce. To make it a satisfying meal, add freshly ground whole oats or soaked buckwheat or millet and sunflower seeds.
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|Traudl Wöhlke is author of the ebooks “Raw Food for Babies”and “Raw Food in Pregnancy”. She is trained as a healh and nutrition coach by the holistic German physician M O Bruker MD. She holds a healing licence in haturopathy, homeopathy and energy psycholgy. She is specializing in whole and raw food nutrition and has taught whole and raw food nutrition for over 30 years..Her mission is to encourage and empower you to take control of your own health in all ways. She feels passionate about saving our earth through our daily actions. Know more about Traudl here.|