When it’s time to start introducing your babies to something other than your breast (or the bottle), choosing the right foods to give them the best nutritional start is easy as pie (although pie is definitely not on the recommended list of first foods).
There are some seriously gross foods out there. But thankfully there are even more delicious choices.
Here are five of the very best, healthiest foods for your baby (via BabyCenter.com):
Garbanzo Beans 1 of 5The good thing about garbanzo beans, besides the fact that they're loaded with protein and fiber, is they won't break the bank, and the serving options are vast. Whether you puree them (and maybe add some garlic, lemon, olive oil and tahini for a yummy hummus) or sautÃ©e then with some mild spices, chances are they will become an instant favorite.
Squash 2 of 5Give your babies a healthy dose of vitamins A and C while also pleasing their palette and tickling their tummies. Slice and roast it with a little sprinkled parmesan cheese or simply puree it, and chances are it will be love at first taste.
Lentils 3 of 5Ever think your baby is a bottomless pit? Try serving lentils at a meal and see how quickly that little belly gets full once it fills up on a meal so rich with protein and fiber. Try cooking lentils with mixed veggies and rice or pasta. It's a cheap meal full of savory goodness.
Blueberries 4 of 5Blueberries are famous for being anti-oxidants, but the flavonoids in them called anthocyanins are also good for a baby's eyes, brain and urinary tract. Plus, they're simply delicious. Serve them as they are or mix them with some yogurt for a healthy and scrumptious snack.
Broccoli 5 of 5Broccoli gets a bad rap among kids, but the truth is that it can be appetizing in addition to being healthful (think of its folate, fiber and calcium). Give your babies broccoli early on and let it set the standard for other good-for-them green veggies. It can be served pureed, steamed, or even chilled (which might feel terrific on those nagging gums).
Always wait three days before introducing a new food to your baby to ensure any potential allergies can be identified.
For 5 more excellent foods for your baby, hop on over to BabyCenter.com.
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