9 Super Foods For Babies & Toddlers

  1. Salmon

Of all the different types of fish, salmon is known to be the most nutritious. It is known as brain food.It is an excellent source of protein, vitamins and minerals including potassium and Vitamin B12 but it is their content of omega-3 fatty acids that makes Salmon the number 1 super food. It is known to play a major role in the child’s brain development, improves vision, boosts mood, enhances immunity and even prevents eczema. You can serve you baby pureed salmon as early as six months old.

2. Eggs

Eggs are a phenomenal source of protein which are the building blocks for hormones, skin, tissues, and more. Eggs in the body offers a healthy portion of choline which plays a role in brain development. Eggs are also known to help boost the human immune system. You can add eggs to your baby’s meals from six months.

3. Oats

Oat is a form of whole grain food that retains the entire goodness of grains after cooking. It is rich in fiber and it is a great meal for the prevention of constipation. it is rich in iron, magnesium and zinc. Oats can also be fed to babies from 6 months. I’ll share a few oats recipes here. Do not, however give your baby flavored oats as they contain added sugar.

4. Groundnuts

Groundnuts  are a good source of vitamin E, a potent antioxidant that protects nervous membranes plus thiamin to help the brain and nervous system use glucose for energy plus adding groundnut paste to your baby’s meals makes it extra yummy. Nuts can be introduced at 6 months+

5. Beans

Beans are an excellent source of soluble fiber, an ingredient that regulates blood sugars and, as a result, may help soften mood swings and calm emotions. The health benefits of beans for babies include good supply of proteins, good source of vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, high amount of dietary fiber, supply of antioxidants and supply of essential minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, sodium and zinc.Green beans can be introduced to your baby’s diet at about 6 months of age, but introducing beans so early can cause certain issues such as increase in flatulence and there is also a chance of indigestion as well.So introduce it carefully.

6. Colorful Veggies

Specifically, tomatoes, kontomire  and carrots. When it comes to vegetables, always go for the bright and bold. Kontomire is rich in antioxidants and high in iron and folate. Tomatoes are loaded with lycopene—a substance that protects against many cancers. Cooking tomatoes makes them even healthier because the heat releases the lycopene.
Carrots provide dietary fiber, vitamin C, calcium and iron. They are extremely high in vitamin A, which promotes healthy eyesight – hence the adage that carrots help you see in the dark — as well as healthy skin, growth and resistance to infection.

7. Yogurt

Low fat natural (greek) yogurt not fanyogo.(lol) Yogurt contains healthy bacteria known to boost immunity and aid digestion, and has two to three times the amount of protein and less sugar than regular yogurt. Add some banana or papaya to sweeten it.

8. Fruits

Fruit has been recognized as a good source of vitamins and minerals, and for their role in preventing vitamin C and vitamin A deficiencies. Fruits are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, fiber, vitamin C and folate (folic acid). Apples, papaya, banana, sweet potatoes, avocado, citrus are fruits you can feed to babies six months and older.

9. Avocado

Avocados are often called one of nature’s perfect foods because they are said to contain everything a person needs to survive. A wonderful “good fat” food for baby’s brain and physical development. Avocado is an excellent fruit that it supplies essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin E, folate, vitamin B-6, niacin, thiamin, calcium, iron, magnesium phosphorous, potassium, zinc and sodium. These vitamins and minerals are essential for the overall development of the baby.
The right age to introduce avocados to your baby is between 6-8 months of age.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Maame says:

    Hi I must say I really love this page…unfortunately I don’t see new posts i hope you haven’t stopped 😕 😔

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    1. Awww Maame. Thank you! I started writing when I was experimenting with my daughter’s feeding. She’s 5 now and I haven’t had another baby yet to try more experiments. But I’ll research and come back with more recipes soon

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