Congratulations! Your baby has just started to eat solid food which can only mean one thing – more creativity in choosing the best diet for the baby. Luckily, I am here to help you create balanced and healthy nutrition for your child, and fill every plate (or bottle) with superfoods for babies!
Still not familiar with the term superfood? Let’s be concise.
Super food for baby (or super foods in general) refer to food rich in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that can positively affect organs development, growth, and overall health of your baby.
Keep reading for more super food ideas and start teaching your baby healthy nutrition habits from an early age!
Baby Super Food To Boost Nutrients in Baby’s Meal
Let’s start with something your baby will probably enjoy – juicy apricots.
Once your baby turns six months, it is safe to include apricots in their meals. Apricots are rich in vitamin A, C, iron, and zinc and contain a great deal of beta-carotene. It can help babies develop good eyesight, and offers plenty of options for mixing. You can serve them with cinnamon, apples, carrots, and meat as well.
Once you have introduced apricots to the baby’s meals, you can slowly start with broccoli, approximately once the baby is eight months old.
Babies will hardly eat broccoli voluntarily, at least mine didn’t enjoy it so much. That is why you have to be creative with recipes and try to add sweet potato, herbs, garlic, or cumin.
Even though most people and babies don’t enjoy broccoli, it is one of the most powerful super food for baby. Broccoli is known for high levels of vitamin A, B, folate, manganese, calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus. Just name the nutrient – broccoli has it!
With high levels of Betalain, antioxidants, vitamin C, and potassium, manganese, and magnesium, beetroots are toddler superfood for a strong reason. Betalain positively affects blood vessels and strengthens the bone structure. You can introduce beetroot to your baby at the same time as broccoli.
At about the same time when you introduce broccoli and beetroot – eight months of age, you can start with spinach, too. First of all, spinach is in charge of ensuring good vision and has numerous nutrients such as vitamins (K, A, C, E), minerals (folate, riboflavin, manganese, potassium, magnesium). Yummy, right?
No. Even if you try to convince your child about spinach benefits (assuming that your baby is genius and he/she understands the benefits), the baby will still spit it out and leave ugly green stains. That is why you can serve spinach with fruit puree and hope that the junior won’t notice the difference.
If you want, you can steam spinach and add thyme or garlic to improve the taste. Still, it doesn’t guarantee that the baby will love it.
Lentils are commonly used for soups and in combination with vegetables. People don’t often use lentils in daily nutrition, but you should start as soon as your baby turns eight months. It is because lentils have a wide range of helpful nutrients, including vitamins B, magnesium, potassium, and high levels of irons.
Molybdenum and folate can also be found in lentils, and they help numerous enzymes in your baby’s body to function properly. Moreover, lentils are a great source of natural protein and fibers and a great example of the most nutritious food for baby.
As we all know, the egg is probably one of the most well-known protein sources. The eggs contain Omega-3 and Vitamin B for the healthy development of muscle and brain of your toddler and are in charge of proper baby growth. Most importantly, it can be served in various tasty ways and your kid will definitely love it. The eggs are safe solid food for your baby once it turns six months.
Another excellent source of protein food for babies is Quinoa. It has also a great balance of amino acids and is rich with manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, folate, and vitamin B1.
Quinoa goes well with everything, but babies are most likely to start loving quinoa if you prepare it with apples or as a breakfast porridge. You can mix a little spinach with it as well, but don’t start before your baby reaches 8 months.
According to a study published by Oxford University, yogurt can help your baby maintain a healthy digestive system. It is excellent for their bones as it contains high levels of calcium.
There are numerous ways you can use yogurt in your baby’s nutrition, and six months is a good age to start with yogurt.
Although butter is known for its high level of fat, it is a great source of fat-soluble vitamin like Vitamin A, D, E, and K. Moreover, butter is rich with DHA and EPA fats, which are responsible for baby’s cognitive development. You can start to add a small amount of butter to the food purees recipes for your baby after six or seven months.
BBC states that mango is rich in fiber, vitamins A, C, B6, E, iron, calcium, and zinc. Mango is great for your baby’s immune system, heart, digestive, and eye health.
It tastes good and is an excellent example of nutritious foods for baby that you can slowly introduce to your baby once they reach the milestone of six months!
Also, if you are avoiding strawberries and other red fruits until your baby turns one year, you can serve mango as an excellent source of gallotannins, known for its vascular health benefits.
Tuna and salmon positively affect the nervous system, eyesight, help with cognitive development, and are safe to introduce to a baby’s diet once it turns six months. NY Daily News published the results of the study, which showed that children who ate tuna or salmon regularly achieve better results in school.
Therefore, to help your child score better on tests, you can start by mixing tuna and salmon on its plate! If you are running out of ideas on how to prepare fish dishes, check out our easy fish baby recipes to have more inspiration!
Avocado is one of the superfood for babies due to its excellent properties, such as high levels of folic acid, potassium, and B-vitamins. Besides, avocado helps your baby to absorb helpful nutrients from other food and therefore it is best to serve it with other toddler superfoods.
It is, if you want, a superfood and a superfood booster. You can make a puree from one avocado or mix it with yogurt when you start introducing it to your baby’s nutrition when your baby turns 4 months old.
A baby’s nutrition needs to be diverse and make use of healthy superfoods. Superfood is usually easy to cook and combine with other ingredients, so it also leaves you a great deal of creativity.
Have you already tried to give your baby some of the foods from my list? If so, how did your baby react? Did he or she love it, or you had to wipe the leftovers and pray that the beetroot won’t leave stains?
Share my list with other mums, and good luck with making the baby eat spinach and broccoli!