There are a ton of healthy baby-friendly foods available at your local supermarket, from foods marketed specifically for babies to foods you can create yourself. Not surprisingly, the best of those foods are raw, natural foods grown from nature, not processed or packaged. The best thing any new mother or father can do is introduce and keep these foods in your children’s lives from a very young age. If you wait until they get older to introduce greens and fruits you may find yourself up against a strong rebellion. Baby food grinders or puree processors will be your best friend. You can mix together anything your little one might not like with other foods he or she loves, allowing them to still get the nutrition but without all the upset.
When introducing new foods to babies try things one at a time over a three day period to ensure there is not any unexpected reactions.
Here are 10 of the very BEST foods for baby
Blueberries – The deep, brilliant blue of these berries comes from flavonoids called anthocyanins, which are good for your baby’s eyes, brain, and even urinary tract, says Stephen Gass, co-author of Mix and Mash: Adventures in the Kitchen for Baby and You.
Mandarin Oranges – These flavorful finger foods are packed with vitamin C and antioxidants and are a simple nutritious treat to serve!
Avocados – Avocados are one of the best sources for unsaturated fats necessary for brain development. “Avocados are a rich source of unsaturated fats, in fact, the fat composition is somewhat similar to that of breast milk.” says nutritionist Leanne Cooper, author of What Do I Feed My Baby: A Step-by-Step Guide to Solids.
Squash – An excellent source of Vitamins C and A with a creamy, naturally sweet flavor.
Dark Green Leafy Vegetables – Dark Green Leafy veggies possess a large amount of folate and iron which is very important to growing babies. There are many varieties available such as kale, spinach, chard and collard greens.
Lentils – Loaded with fiber and protein, lentils are an excellent nutritional source and very affordable choice for baby.
Broccoli – Chalked full of calcium, fiber and folate – broccoli is also knows for its cancer fighting properties. Steam broccoli to take the bitter taste out and then serve it chilled, it is often accepted more willingly by babies.
Meat – Meat is a good source of zinc and iron. One of the best ways to include meat in your baby’s meals is with tougher meats like chuck cooked in stews cooked long enough for the meat to become soft.
Prunes – Puree prunes to provide your baby with loads of fiber and as needed assistance relieving constipation, which may happen after introducing solids for the first time.
Garbanzo beans – Humus is an excellent way to serve these nutritious beans, which are rich in protein and fiber. For older babies try sautéing the chickpeas with a small amount of seasoning and serving.
Now that you know some of the BEST foods for your baby take a look at the 5 of the Very Worst Foods for your Baby.
I also highly recommend both of these books.
Organic Baby and Toddler Cookbook – Easy Recipes for Natural Food – Lizzie Vann
Top 100 Baby Purees – 100 Quick and Easy Meals for a Healthy and Happy Baby – Annabel Karmel