We know you want your baby to grow up healthy and strong, but sometimes it’s hard to discern what’s best when it comes to nutrition. With such tiny tummies, babies don’t eat much, so mealtime should be packed with the nutrients they need. We’ve compiled a list of the five most powerful superfoods to keep your baby healthy the natural way.
Bananas are one of the most popular superfoods for babies. Packed with carbohydrates, these super fruits are the perfect way to provide your baby with sustained energy while supporting a healthy digestive system with plenty of fiber. We all know that these yellow lovelies are full of potassium, but we may not all be aware of how important potassium is for a growing baby. Bananas are an easy fix for your baby when you are on the go—no packaging or storage required! Always be sure to only serve ripe bananas that are mashed thoroughly so they are easy for your cutie to chew.
This delicious root vegetable is an excellent source of potassium, vitamin C, and beta-carotene, an antioxidant that will protect your little one from those nasty free radicals. These are also a great way to please a picky palate due to their super sweet taste compared to other fibrous vegetables. If your baby turns up a nose at icky green veggies, this might be the perfect substitute until his or her tastes have matured. Mashed sweet potatoes are an easy fix for babies who are beginning the transition from baby food to solid foods.
These tiny treasures are sources of vitamins A and C, which are antioxidants that boost your baby’s immune system.
Mommy’s favorite taco topping is more than just a grown up treat—avocados are the perfect answer to the good fats that keep your baby on the road to a healthy heart. With the highest protein content of any fruit, avocados provide your baby with the energy to stay full and focused for a long day of crawling and crying. However, these green goddesses are super high in fat, so be sure to only serve a little to your baby. The best way to implement avocados into your baby’s diet is to combine them with less fatty foods, such as pureed chicken or other tenderized meats.
Now that fall is here, you are probably looking for more ways to incorporate seasonal butternut squash into your dinnertime routine, but did you know that this fall treat is perfect for your baby? Just like sweet potatoes, this yummy fall favorite is full of beta-carotene and vitamin C, as well as fiber, folate, and B-vitamins. Butternut squash also has omega-3 fatty acids similar to what is found in fish oil. To prepare this squash for your little one’s tiny tummy, steam or boil chunks of the squash until tender, then puree in a food processor or blender until smooth. This mashed squash isn’t just for babies; try it as a side dish for mommy and daddy too!
One of nature’s most vitamin-packed veggies is often overlooked, but peas are one of the best ways to support your baby’s growing body. Peas are loaded with vitamin K, which works with calcium to help build strong bones. These tiny treasures are sources of vitamins A and C, which are antioxidants that boost your baby’s immune system. For a fun twist, British-style mushy peas are a delicious dish for the whole family, or you can just take the easy way out and purchase mashed peas in the baby food isle. Peas are always easy to find in your grocery store, because they are one of the most popular baby food choices—and now you know why!
As always, check with your pediatrician before introducing any new foods to your little bundle of joy!