Superfoods that Are Safe for Babies

When you are trying to switch your family over to a different diet plan that is rich in superfoods, you may be wondering what to do with your babies. Younger children and babies, who are just getting off the bottle and moving to solid foods, still need to be careful with some of the foods out there. For example, honey is a common superfood but is not something that many pediatricians and nutritionists suggest for babies due to various issues. With that in mind, here are a few superfoods that are safe.

Bananas

Bananas are loaded with potassium and magnesium which are beneficial to babies. You can also prepare bananas in many ways to keep even picky babies interested. Of course, you can mash the bananas along with the fortified cereal for your baby. You can also make a simple two-ingredient pancake with banana and eggs. If the baby needs something in between or is teething, consider freezing the banana and blending it with a tad bit of formula or milk to make a quick and healthy ice cream that will help with teething pain.

Blueberries

Blueberries are known for their many health benefits.  They are packed with manganese, vitamins A, K, C, and B6 as well as being a fiber-rich food.  Blueberries also have resveratrol, which is found in red wine grapes.  They can be mashed and mixed into the babies’ cereal or eaten by the hand-full, depending on how old baby is.  Be careful to keep an eye on the little ones if you choose to let them eat the blueberries in their natural form.

 

Carrots

Carrots are loaded with various vitamins and minerals and are a great way to get a superfood to your baby’s diet. Carrots can be mashed, mixed with other foods, and can be steamed as a suitable first bite type of food. You can mix them in with other vegetables and with soups and noodles that your baby is learning to eat. Carrots that are in baby carrot form are easier for most children and they can be easily steamed and put through a baby food mashing device.

Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt is cool, soothing, and can help deliver probiotics to your baby’s tummy. It can help with digestion and give needed calcium as well. Greek yogurt can be found in many flavors as well. If you want to, you can also deliver it as a form of ice cream to help your baby reach for the yogurt later instead of much fattier and sugar ridden ice cream.

 

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes are packed with rich nutrients such as beta-carotene, vitamins A and C, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.  They are also are sweet tasting which makes a nice treat.  Sweet potatoes can be mashed and mixed with other superfoods to make a yummy meal for baby. Sweet potatoes are also loaded with fiber so start off slow with this yummy superfood to make sure your baby can digest and handle the extra fiber.

These foods should be given to babies in a pure or organic form. If you do mash the superfood, make sure you keep it pure. Try not to buy additives, preserved foods, or processed foods since you can’t guarantee what is in them. Go with fresh, steamed, and mashed with just a bit of formula or breast milk.

As with any food you are introducing to your baby, keep a record of what they are eating so that you will recognize whether they may be having an allergic reaction to any new foods you give them.  This is just a smart thing to do.

To Your Health!

Pamela

 

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Superfoods Even Your Kids Will Love

Trying to get everyone in the family on board with a superfood eating plan can seem like an uphill battle. You may not be sure how to get yourself in order and on the plan, much less picky kids that only seem to gravitate to processed foods. You may also be under the misconception that there are no superfoods kids will love and that you can work into at least one meal a day. Here are a few to consider that even your kids will love and want to eat on their own.

Watermelon

Watermelon is one of the easiest superfoods to get kids to eat. This fruit has many benefits including memory-boosting qualities and energy qualities. In fact, juicing watermelon can give your kids a natural energy boost while also hydrating them. If you have a difficult time keeping your kids hydrated, this may be ideal. You can also juice watermelon during the season and freeze the juice in ice cube form. During the off-season, you can add the ice cubes to smoothies or melt them and add to morning juicing recipes or even jello for an added superfood kick. Watermelon can also be cut into funny symbols or animals with a cookie cutter to make eating it more fun.

Blueberries

If memory is an issue for your kids or if the concentration is a problem, consider blueberries as a kid-friendly superfood option. You can incorporate them according to the texture your children like. If they don’t like the blueberries whole, consider adding them to yogurt. You can also add them easily to smoothies and juices. Blueberries can be cooked into superfood boosting muffins or cakes as well. If you want something a little different, consider adding blueberries as a sauce to ice cream.

Pumpkin

Pumpkin is an ideal superfood to add to toddler and younger kids diets. One of the easiest ways to incorporate it is by mixing it with another superfood, apples, in a puree. You can put the puree into refillable pouches and let your younger children and toddlers eat those as a fruit pouch on the go. You can also make pumpkin and apple muffins, pumpkin and oats overnight oatmeal, and pumpkin and banana pancakes for a special superfood-packed breakfast. My family loves pumpkin baked into a cake. It makes the cake very moist and you are getting this nutrient-packed food even when eating a small piece of cake.

Cauliflower

You may be thinking there is no way your kids will go for cauliflower, but the truth is a lot of the presentation is in the preparation. For example, consider making a pizza with the cauliflower as the replacement for the pizza crust. It cooks the same, has the same texture, and can fool most children. You can get this superfood into your kid’s diet, and have them love it if they love mashed potatoes. Make a mashed cauliflower instead and you may be surprised how well it goes over. My family loves mashed cauliflower.

These are just a few of the options you have. Remember, a lot of the superfoods out there may not sound like kids would be interested, but it is all in the preparation. If you are still having issues getting your kids to eat superfoods, consider mixing them into juices as well as pasta and pizza sauces to incorporate them easily and get the full potential of nutrients to your kids. It can be done.

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Pamela

 

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