Your baby (or child) is growing and getting more active by the day. He or she needs all the nutrients in order to gain the energy he or she needs to keep growing, learning, and exploring.
Here’s the superfoods you should know about so your baby grows up healthy and strong.
Blueberries – Superfood #1. Full of antioxidants and flavonoids, blueberries are beneficial for your baby’s eyes and brain. You can puree them and add in some yogurt to feed your baby. You can also freeze them into popsicles for your baby to suck on. This is especially great when your baby is teething, as it will soothe your baby’s sore gums.
Depending on your baby’s age, you can also add blueberries into their milkshake, muffins, finger biscuits, or mash them slightly into your baby’s cereal.
Bananas – One of many mom’s ultimate favorite, this versatile fruit can be pureed, baked, roast, and froze. An awesome energy sustainer, bananas are full of fiber to help maintain a healthy digestive tract, which makes it number two on our list of superfoods. Make sure you give ripe bananas to your baby so it can be easily chewed. Older children can eat small pieces of bananas as finger food, but it still needs to be soft so they won’t choke on it.
Avocado – This super food is packed with protein and monounsaturated fat. Mistaken for a vegetable, avocado is a fruit that is also versatile and rarely known to cause any allergy in children. The soft, buttery texture of avocado makes it many moms’ choice as their baby’s first food. Avocado is high in good fat that helps to prevent heart disease. Due to this, it can make your baby feel full faster so opt to have it as a side if your baby is old enough for other foods such as chicken or meat. If not, you can puree and thin it out with a little breast milk or formula.
Carrots – High in beta-carotene, it converts into Vitamin A that is essential in your baby’s growth and vision. It’s also versatile where it can be turned into puree, drink, desserts, or even great on its own! For young babies, it’s good to steam or boil the carrots before pureeing or turn into a drink. If your baby is old enough for finger food, thoroughly scrub the carrots and clean them before your baby eats them.
Yogurt – For healthy and strong bones and teeth, your child needs lots of calcium and protein. Yogurt gives you that and so much more. It’s also healthy for your baby’s bowel. Your growing baby needs a lot of fat as well, so chose a whole-milk yogurt instead of a low-fat one. Opt for plain yogurt too as flavored ones tend to have a high content of sugar. You can stir in your choice of pureed fruit for natural flavors.
As with any food you give your baby, always look out for allergy signs. Stick to one type for at least 3 days to observe your baby’s reaction and his or her diapers before introducing a new food.
These superfoods are not expensive and can be bought at your local supermarket. You can mix and them with each other and they still taste just as great!