Top Super Foods for Babies
Everyone knows that babies up to 6 months should have strictly formula or breast milk. By 6 months, they show interest in trying new foods, especially if they are watching you eat. Once your baby is showing this interest, there are some things you will want to introduce to your baby.
Starting your baby on some of the known “superfoods” now is a good idea while continuing with their formula/breast milk feeding. Your little one will be a year old before they no longer need the nutrients in their formula and get them from foods.
- Almond Milk
Almond milk is not recommended until your baby is over a year old because of the lack of nutrients and vitamins in it. After a year old you might want to try it in a smoothie with other super foods that your baby can try now.
When trying new foods, always use small amounts and only one new food a week to make sure babily is not allergic to any of them. Their systems can only handle one new change at a time, and this makes it easier to discern which food is causing the trouble
Avocados are the first superfood you should introduce to your little one. It is a good source of vitamins K, C, Folate, B6 and fiber and “good fat” simply peel. Mash and serve in small amounts at first to make sure there is no allergic reaction.
Better than wheat and less likely to cause an allergy, this super food can be cooked and mashed like oatmeal, powdered and mixed in fruits. This supplies soluble and insoluble fiber and minerals needed for a healthy digestive tract.
Barley also can be bought as flour instead of wheat if you would like to try some treats like cookies as a treat and still avoid wheat and allergies. There are other nonwheat substitutes for flour as well.
- Sweet Potatoes
This vegetable is packed with nutrients for your baby; it is one of the most nutritious vegetables available today. Vitamins A. C. B6 and fiber, potassium and iron. Bake in the over like white potatoes, peel, then cool and mash for feeding.
- Eggs (organic)
These are good once the baby is over a year old. They contain the B-vitamin choline that is important to brain function. Eggs are loaded with protein, Omega 3s, Vitamin D, Lucien and a host of minerals.
A source of fiber, Vitamin E, zinc, iron, magnesium, and protein. They make a great breakfast food when mixed with fruits and your own toppings in tiny pieces.
A great choice for vegetarians. It is loaded with protein, amino acid lysine which is needed for tissue growth and repair. Quinoa is also full of manganese, iron, and magnesium. It is a healthy alternative to rice in baby food recipes.
An awesome fruit and tasty too. These are good for adding fruit to your baby’s diet since berries are introduced later to avoid allergic reactions. Cook them and mash up with apples to feed as a dessert, or in oatmeal or barley. Loaded with Vitamins C, A and B2 they are a very good choice.
Once your baby is over a year old, almond milk can be added to the diet and used with any of the above items for a healthy diet of super foods for your baby. There are a few more additions to this super foods list and it continues below:
- Butternut Squash
Easy to cook, and mash up for your little one. They will enjoy the naturally sweet flavor and get a boost of vitamins A, C, fiber, folate and B vitamins.
Loaded with fiber, calcium and vitamins and minerals this vegetable helps developing eyesight steam them for your little one as finger food once they are big enough to try some self-feeding.
- Greek Style Yogurt
Excellent for its probiotics and protein content. Most babies enjoy this with fruit mixed in as a sweetener.
A good addition once your baby is over a year old, mash them slightly to prevent choking. Blueberries are good for brain function and protect against heart disease. Mix with yogurt, cereal, of alone as a finger food.
- Wild Salmon
Full of omega 3s and protein, wild salmon is a good first choice fish for baby, make sure there are no bones in the fish before serving cooked and plain or with a yogurt topping.
Another healthy choice for your child. This green vegetable is loaded with phytonutrients to help with digestion. Chopped finely with carrots it makes a nice coleslaw when you add some avocado in place of mayonnaise as a dressing.
Serve as soup when it is boiled in the vegetable broth! Sour Kraut is pickled cabbage and it also offers probiotics for digestive health.
- Dark Leafy Greens
Kale, asparagus, chard, and spinach have large amounts of folate and iron as well as being rich in antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin for eye development, vitamin C, K, and calcium make these a great choice as well.
This is by no means a complete list of all the super foods you will find in research, but it is a good beginning. Make sure baby is over a year old and is ready to try new foods. You will know this by the way he or she watches you when you are eating.
Babies show interest and should get something new once a week. The best way is to pick one food, prepare it and feed it to the baby once or twice a day and let it be the only new food for that week to make sure there is no allergic reaction to the new food.
Most of these can be combined with the fruits to make them more attractive taste wise. Mix with a small amount of almond milk to thin out avocado for a sauce or in a smoothie (once the baby has had almond milk and had no allergy to it).
There are many combinations you can try for your little one, just don’t overwhelm that small developing system with too much at once. Your little one will enjoy the different tastes and textures if you make it a fun experience for them, make it into a game and your taste too!