It is vital that the foods incorporated into your little one’s diet are filled with nutrients and key benefits. Superfoods contain an enormous variety of nutrients; these nutrients are essential for healthy growth and development; some superfoods are even known to boost your little one’s focus and learning ability. As your little one grows, more energy is needed, exactly where these Superfoods come in to play. Here are a few examples of foods that are labeled as ‘Superfoods’ that not only will the little ones love, but also tremendously nourishing.
Sweet potatoes are root vegetables that are loaded with many nutrients, such as Vitamin A and C, fiber, and potassium. Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet, which your baby will love. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that may reduce your chances of getting certain types of cancer and are known for being great for the eyes. Cut them into small chunks and boil them, serve to your little one; they make perfect practice chew food for your baby. However, if your little one is less than a year old, turn them into a mash instead; add a little breast milk to thin out the mash, and it’ll give a familiar taste.
Berries contain loads of vitamins, fiber, minerals, and antioxidants. Strong antioxidants found in berries reduce the risk of heart diseases, inflammatory conditions, and cancer. Berries may also be effective in treating immune-related and various digestive disorders—some of the most common berries include raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Blueberries, in particular, top the superfood list because they are extremely rich in vitamins, soluble fiber, and phytochemicals. The blue color of blueberries comes from flavonoids that are beneficial for your baby’s brain, eyes, and urinary tract. Your little one can eat these berries as a whole, given they’re above a year old otherwise, follow our Berry-Delicious puree recipe if your little one is not ready for solid food.
Bananas are the perfect baby food because of their natural sweetness and soft texture, free from being a choking hazard. They’re filled with carbohydrates that will sustain your little one with tons of energy; they’re also a rich source of fiber that’ll aid in a healthy digestive tract. Aside from fiber, bananas also contain potassium, vitamins B6, C, Iron, and calcium. While calcium aids in bone growth and strength, potassium is key to maintaining healthy blood pressure. Have a look at our banana mash recipe, it’s super easy and can be done within a matter of minutes.
These little green pods are bursting with protein and vitamin K, along with Iron, Calcium, which is vital throughout the growing stages for the healthy building of bones, Fiber, A, B, and C Vitamins and Folic acid, which prevents anemia. Whether frozen, fresh or in a can; they all live up to it the same, small but mighty. Making a pea mash or puree is easy peasy, we’ve got a pea puree recipe all detailed out for you.
Salmon is packed with healthy fats, protein, B vitamins, potassium, and selenium, making it a highly nutritious superfood. It is known as one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are proven to build stronger walls of your little one’s immune system, support brain development, and eye health. Since salmon is more on the expensive end, fishes such as sardines, mackerel, and albacore tuna are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. The downside is that fish can cause allergic reactions, be sure to check with a pediatrician before adding fish to your baby’s diet.
With yogurt being an excellent source of calcium and phosphorus, your little one will be getting all the nutrients for stronger bones. Greek yogurt, in particular, contains a healthy amount of good fats and much-needed protein, contributing to rapid growth. The active live culture and probiotics in yogurt help digestion and develop a stronger immune system; they also make the protein and lactose in the yogurt easy to digest for little ones. It’s best to avoid flavored yogurt as they’re usually full of added sugars, make your flavored yogurt with our cherry yogurt recipe or make yogurt drops as a fun snack for your little one.
These buttery fruits, yes avocados are actually fruits and not a vegetable, have a high-fat content that will keep your baby’s tummy full for a good few hours. Avocados are rich with monosaturated fats, which will prevent heart diseases, they’re also loaded with protein. The great thing about avocados is you don’t have to cook them, cut them into half, de-seed them, scoop out the yummy flesh into a bowl, mash with a fork, and voila! You got yourself baby guacamole. Be sure to serve your little one avocados that are perfectly ripe, so they’re soft enough and far from being a choking hazard.
Adding chicken into your baby’s diet is not ideal for little ones under a year old, but once at the appropriate age, chicken is excellent as it’s packed with protein and Vitamin B6, sustaining your baby with energy while aiding growth. The bland color and taste may deem as unappealing for your little one, which is why throwing some veggies into the mix will bring it to life. Sweeter vegetables are recommended, such as carrots or sweet potatoes, follow our chicken and carrot puree recipe to serve your little one a power-packed superfood meal.
As prunes are loaded with fiber and natural sugars, they help maintain bowel movement and prevent constipation. They are rich in Vitamins A and C, which acts as an antioxidant and is vital for maintaining a healthy immune system. Babies tend to enjoy prunes as they’re sweet and soft. Opt prunes with actual plums; prunes are just dried plums, as they both offer the same benefits and nutrients. You can make either prune or fresh plum puree, but if your little one takes no interest in pureed prunes, chop some prunes and add them into a bowl of oatmeal or banana mash for a pop of color and flavor.