When it comes to weaning, there is no shortage of advice, tips, recipes and more for new parents. Online, in books, word of mouth- this is how the modern parent picks up the tips and tricks that have been passed down from generation to generation. But do we really know enough about what our babies can be eating? Are we really giving them the very best that mother nature has to offer? The term ‘superfood’ is relatively new and fairly on-trend right now, but don’t let that put you off. And don’t be fooled into thinking babies can’t benefit from a diet filled with superfoods too. Here’s our very quick guide to super first foods for babies- enjoy!
These little gems make ideal finger foods and they’re great for snacking on the go too. I mean, we’re all busy, right? Pop some into a little pot, or sprinkle on top of porridge in the morning. It doesn’t really matter how you serve them, as long as you give them a go. Why? Because blueberries are literally bursting with nutrition and they pack a punch when it comes to health benefits too.
Blueberries help to maintain healthy bones, lower blood pressure, maintain heart health, improve cognitive function and to maintain a healthy digestive system. They’re filled with calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc and vitamin K, alongside good levels of fibre, potassium, folate, vitamin C and vitamin B6. So what are you waiting for?
Avocados are literally bursting with so many amazing nutrients that you’re going to want your little one to eat. THey’re packed full of healthy fats that are great for maintaining heart health; they’re also thought to help prevent high cholesterol and they’re a good source of vitamin E which is essential for eye health. And, of course- they’re delicious! Avocado makes a great finger food for babies, or you can mash them and add to toast, use as a dip for breadsticks… so many options!
Sweet potatoes are another fabulous first food for babies and such an excellent source of healthy nutrients too. They’re filled with vitamin C and fibre, plus they contain a great source of carotene which is an antioxidant thought to prevent certain types of cancer. The great thing about sweet potatoes though is the taste! Babies love the naturally sweet taste and you can serve them either pureed for very young eaters, or as wedges for more confident diners.
So-called ‘nature’s fast food’- and for good reason too! Eggs are so easy to prepare and so full of goodness for your little ones. Packed full of protein and healthy fats, they’re so versatile and such a great addition to your little one’s diet. Served them hard-boiled for finger foods, or scrambled on toast, or even soft boiled with wholewheat toast soldiers. Its is advisable to check with your doctor first if your baby has allergies, but otherwise, eggs make a fantastic addition to your baby’s diet.
Another super versatile and super tasty treat for babies! Beans are filled with antioxidants, fibre, iron, protein and vitamin B. And you don’t need to just reach for the nearest tin of baked beans either! Beans can be served in a variety of ways, and they’re best without the sugary sauces too. Buy them dried, soak overnight and make your own sauce filled with vegetables for added nutrition.
Oats are a wonderful source of fibre, vitamin E, zinc, iron and magnesium, and they also contain good levels of protein too. Again, oats are versatile because you can serve as porridge for breakfast, add to smoothies for added energy, or mix with banana and peanut butter for quick and easy no-bake flapjacks. Delicious!
It’s important for your baby to have a balanced diet, but don’t worry too much if she rejects some of the foods you introduce. Stay patient, and try again in a couple of weeks. Many of the superfoods listed above can be ‘hidden’ inside dishes if your baby really doesn’t like the look of them, but what makes them great for babies is the fact that they are all moderately mild tasting and generally accepted by babies. Give them a go today and let us know how it goes!