Are you looking for a more interesting but healthy food items to serve your baby? Here are 5 ideas that will give your child the best in taste and nutrition!
These 5 food items may not come instantly to your mind when asked of healthy baby food choices but you should seriously consider adding these to the menu of your child to deliver more taste and nutrition.
1. Nut Butters
Introducing potentially allergenic foods like nuts to the diet of your baby as young as 6 months of age is safe, according to the American Academy of Allergy, once they have been exposed to typical first foods such as cereals, fruits, and vegetables. Go for peanut, cashew, and almond, as these are good sources of protein, fatty acids, vitamin E, and manganese, potassium, and iron.
Eggs are a nearly perfect first food. These are high in iron, folate, choline, protein, and vitamins A, D, and E. What is more, eggs are easy to digest and prepare. For busy moms, it takes not effort at all to boil and mash an egg. Mix it with breast milk or water and feed to your child. Hard-boiled and chopped egg white are great finger foods too if your baby can handle these already.
If your child is under the age of 2, there is no reason to introduce a fat-restricted diet. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, saturated fat and cholesterol are important for brain and nervous development at this time. They are also important to help babies meet caloric needs, improve satiety, and boost absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. Begin by adding a bit of butter into single-ingredient purees to make them more tasty and nutritious. Pick organic brands if you can, and try to include other healthy choices of fat such as avocado, olive oil, full-fat yogurt, and cheese.
4. Cold-water Fish
Make the menu of your baby healthier with the addition of cold-water fish like salmon, herring, canned tuna, or sardines. The nutrients found in fish enhance retinal and brain development so getting enough of these prove crucial particularly in the first two years of life. To serve, bake or steam the fish then puree it to the consistency of milk or water!
5. Herbs and Spices
Herbs and spices are a good source of antioxidants, but more important, gradually adding them to the food that your baby eats will help him or her transition better into family food by the age of 12 months. Also, doing this expands the palette of your child, which studies show help them become more adventurous eaters later in life. Naturally, go slow and be mindful of the hot spices. Start with classic combos like apple sauce with cinnamon, meat sauce with cumin, chicken with thyme, avocado with cilantro, or fish with parsley and lemon.