As a mother, you may be worried about what to feed your baby to keep his nutritional intake on track. Well, when it comes to getting your baby the right food, you have to keep in mind that your baby’s nutritional needs will likely change as he gets older. For this reason, it is vital that they consume food that is nutritious and contains all the essential vitamins and minerals. In such a situation, what could be a better option than superfoods? Ladies, there are many superfoods for babies that are beneficial for their development and well-being.
Health Shots got in touch with Hari Lakshmi, Consultant – Dietitian/Nutritionist, Motherhood Hospitals, Chennai to suggest some of the best superfoods that can help improve children’s health.
Lakshmi says, “Babies and toddlers have small, sensitive tummies and usually don’t eat much. That’s why it’s important that the food we give them is rich in nutrients and suitable for their age.”
She added: “It is important to know that any solid food should not be introduced to children under 6 months. Always consult your pediatrician before introducing certain solid foods to your baby.”
Once your baby is 1 year or older, solid foods can be substituted Mother’s milk in your child’s diet. By giving him a variety of foods in an attractive way, your baby will be able to get the nutrients he needs through food.
Here are 6 superfoods that can be consumed by children over one year of age:
1. Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are rich in potassium, vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants and can be very beneficial for your baby. Babies prefer it over other vegetables because of its naturally sweet taste. You can mash and mash sweet potatoes to make it easier to feed your baby.
These are full of protein and the yolk contains essential substances such as vitamin A, D, E and B12. But before you introduce your child to eggs, make sure that he is not allergic to them. You can consult your doctor about this.
They play an important role in the growth and development of vision. Like sweet potatoes, these are naturally sweet in taste, making them easier to feed to children. Cook carrots until very soft before feeding them to your baby.
Chicken is rich in protein and vitamin B6. Children need to eat foods that are rich in protein to support their rapid growth. So, chicken is a great option for this. In case your child does not like the taste, mix it with his favorite vegetable.
You should give milk to the children every day. well, milk provides energy and many essential nutrients such as vitamins and minerals including vitamin B12, calcium, riboflavin, sodium, potassium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. All these nutrients are necessary for the growth of the child. You can also make it more nutritious for your baby by adding almonds, dates, turmeric or saffron.
Growing children should consume green vegetables and fruits. “Broccoli is full of vitamin C, folic acid, iron, potassium and fiber, so it can be great superfood for your baby,” says Lakshmi. Your baby may not like the taste of the vegetable, but you can combine it with a tastier option like sweet potato and feed it to your baby. In addition to broccoli, you can also give your child pumpkin, avocado, oranges, melons and pomegranates.
Bananas are a rich source of carbohydrates and fiber. This helps your baby gain energy and have a healthy digestive tract. When feeding them, make sure the banana is mashed or cut into finger-sized portions