Thinking of expanding your baby’s menu? Try these vitamin-filled choices.
WORDS TEO KUAN YEE
Healthy eating habits should be cultivated from young. By the time your little one reaches six months of age, it is time to supplement her diet of breast milk or formula with additional sources of protein, and iron for her development and growth.
Experiment with various recipes to gradually introduce her curious taste buds to different flavours and food textures, including vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables. Other important food groups are complex carbohydrates which come from yoghurt and whole grains, as well as healthy fats.
Here are five nutrient-dense foods which are great for your baby – have fun exploring what works for baby’s diet and watch for her expression as she tries out your creations! If you can afford it, buy the organic versions of the fruits and vegetables to save time in washing off any pesticide residue to maximise the food quality that you are offering your precious one.
A is for Avocado
This is good for snack time, it’s one of the easiest to make and is highly nutritious for your baby between four to six months. Just imagine – one-fifth of an avocado has only 50 calories but 20 vitamins and minerals such as folate, fibre, potassium, vitamin E, iron and healthy fats that help with brain and nervous system development.
1 organic avocado, mashed
B is for Blueberry Smoothie
Just as blueberries – often called a superfood – are great for adults, they are good for your baby too as they contain antioxidants and flavonoids that will benefit your baby’s eyes, brain, and even urinary tract.
1 packet of blueberries, 2 organic Fuji apples cored and cut into pieces, 1 banana, 1 mango. Other alternatives to blend with the blueberries include pear, papaya, peach, and apricot.
C is for Cauliflower and Potato Puree
This is one way to ensure that your baby gets her greens. Cauliflower, like broccoli, contains phytonutrients which are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fibre, with anti-cancer benefits.
2 cloves of garlic, 1 medium-sized russet potato, 2 cups cauliflower florets (about half a head), 1-2 tablespoons of skim milk, half tablespoon of butter, a pinch of salt.
Delicious Peach Puree
Reach for peaches when you want that added boost of fibre and potassium. Plus it contains 10 different kinds of vitamins.
1 bag of frozen peaches with skin, half cup water
Easy-peasy Green Pea Puree
Sweet peas are an easy first food for your baby – in just a few minutes of steaming, the nutrient-rich peas turn bright green, offering your baby a healthy snack.
1 cup of frozen peas, thawed