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5 Superfoods to Introduce to Your Baby Before They Turn One

Posted by Chelsey Wentz on Oct 10, 2016 10:00:23 AM

Parents naturally want to fill their baby’s tummy with nutritious and delicious foods. From the time they are born, these little ones depend on us to nourish them.

With so many choices, it may feel easier to grab something out of a box to feed your baby. But just as adults need more nutrition than a box can offer, so does your baby.

We all know fruits and vegetables have their benefits, but it can be hard to figure out what ones to feed, how to feed them, and what nutrtional value they each will have for your child. So we've compiled a list of 5 superfoods that will help your child develop and grow.

1. Bananas

The carbohydrates and fiber help sustain your baby’s energy levels, so they stay active and happy.

They are easy to toss in the diaper bag and have on hand for those on-the-go snacks. Bananas are also great for mixing with other fruit. Our kiddos have loved a pear and banana purree, see the video above. 

2. Sweet Potatoes

The naturally sweet and filling vegetable is packed with antioxidants that help prevent certain types of cancer.

Cook a sweet potato in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes, or microwave one. The best part about sweet potatoes is the wide variety of options for serving. You can serve them as fries, mashed or cubed. It also works really well in a puree, believe it or not - apples and sweet potatoes are delicious. 

3. Avocados

The avocado has a high protein content and is rich in the “good” kind of fat to prevent heart disease. Mash them, leaving some texture, and spoon feed the green goodness to your baby.

You can mix some avocado with rice cereal and formula/breastmilk to make a textured treat for your little one.

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4. Eggs 

They pack a real punch with vitamins and protein. The yolk contains choline, which is perfect for brain development.

Scrambled eggs are perfect for babies just starting out with solids. Hard boiled eggs are nice and portable, but make sure to cut up the yolk, since some babies have choked due to the dryness of the yolk.

5. Apples

We won’t repeat the old adage about keeping the doctor’s away, but there is a reason it’s been passed down through the generations. Apples are packed with Vitamin C and fiber.

Use a grater to make bite-sized pieces for your little one. Add the pieces to yogurt or other soft foods. It’s a perfect way to add texture. Other vegetables such as zucchini and carrots can be grated to make delicious and nutrious little meals for your little one. 

Feeding your emerging eater can be a fun experience as you introduce healthy and nutritious foods. Aside from the dozen or so foods not to feed your little one, the possibilities are endless! Remember to offer the foods multiple times since it can take 10–15 tastes for a baby to become accustomed to new flavors. You’ll have a super food eater in no time!

Topics: Kids Snack Ideas, Meal Time

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