When my daughter was an infant, I wanted to make her the most nutritious food I possibly could. I remember scouring sources to make sure she was getting all the nutrients she needed. As I went along doing this, I often made a meal for the rest of the family using the ingredients I was also using for her meals. For example, if I was feeding her lentils I would make us a spicy lentil soup. When she got older I just transitioned her to what we were eating entirely. Here are a few dishes that we love today that are all based on ingredients that are very healthy for babies. With these dishes the whole family can eat up! As with introducing any new food to your baby, please consult your pediatrician for the best ways to spot any potential allergic reactions. This may mean waiting a day or two between each new food that is introduced, depending on the advice you are given.
Avocados 1 of 10Dr. Jim Sears considers avocados one of the ten best foods for babies because of their high content of heart-healthy unsaturated fat, vitamin K, and vitamin B6 which are essential for development of the central nervous and brain. To serve avocados to baby simply mash them up raw, but for the adults have some more fun with avocados and
Make baked eggs and avocados
Blueberries 2 of 10Blueberries are full of beneficial flavonoids, which aid in the development of baby's eyes, brain, and urinary tract. According to BabyCenter, which includes blueberries in their top ten foods for baby, a good way to introduce blueberries to baby is with a simple homemade soup For parents who want to enjoy blueberries, or even older children ready for solid foods, try these delicious muffins!
Make blueberry cornmeal muffins
Broccoli 3 of 10Broccoli is hailed as a terrific vegetable for baby because it is dripping with nutrients including potassium, calcium, folate, and carotenoids. All of these are essential to baby's development, specifically fostering eyesight, warding off cell damage, and providing raw material for vitamin A production. To get your family enjoying more nutritious broccoli with one of these
seven delicious recipes for broccoli
Garbanzo Beans 4 of 10Also known as chickpeas, garbanzo beans are full of zinc, folate, iron, and fiber. These beans are also rich in calcium; one cup of beans contains as much calcium as a cup of milk. One of the best things about these beans is that they can be pureed into a smooth texture to make nutritious hummus or spreads which are delicious for both babies and adults.
Make roasted red pepper hummus
Prunes 5 of 10According to the experts at BabyCenter, babies often experience constipation when you introduce solids. the high fiber content of prunes can help alleviate constipation and they are a delicious naturally sweet treat for baby. If you are stewing prunes for baby, try adding them to your own delicious breakfast.
Make oatmeal with dried fruit
Oranges 6 of 10Oranges and most citrus fruit are terrific sources of vitamin C for babies. This essential vitamin is a terrific way to boost a baby's immune system. BabyCenter suggests starting with mandarin orange slices, a perfect finger foods for baby. For ideas on ways to cook and eat oranges at home for the whole family
Try one of these ten ways to cook with oranges
Spinach 7 of 10Spinach and many dark, leafy greens are rich in many essential vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, B2, C, E & K, magnesium, iron and calcium. All of these help your baby build very strong bones. To incorporate nutritious spinach into your family's daily diet try wilting it into soup.
Make spinach orzo tomato soup
Butternut Squash 8 of 10Butternut squash: a terrific source of vitamin A which supports eyesight, C to support a baby's immune system, as well as beta carotene and fiber. Together, these boost a baby's immune system, improve vision, and lower risk of cancer and heart disease. Parents can enjoy butternut squash puree too by turning it into a delicious, nutritious soup.
Make roasted butternut squash soup
Lentils 9 of 10
Carrots 10 of 10
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