Published: 08/01/2012 - Updated: 09/23/2018
Take note if you're an inexperienced mom, here is a list of 10 most nutritious foods that will make your baby grow strong and healthy. Remember that after the six months your child is able to eat and chew solid food because milk at this age is no longer the most important food in their diet.
You must slowly familiarize your baby with these foods, they like variety so you'll have it with this list. Just don’t forget baby’s food consistency should be thick, not liquid, you can give pureed, crushed or diced food if he/she already has more than eight months and some little teeth. Don’t forget to put half a teaspoon of butter or olive oil in all their meals.
10 good foods for your baby
Pumpkin and Squash
There are many varieties of pumpkins and all are rich in vitamin A and C. Pumpkin is also a naturally sweet vegetable and its nice texture for children is very creamy. You can prepare it baked or boiled. If you want to make it doubly nutritious, combine it with ground chickpeas, carrots and potatoes and add the pumpkin's to the favorite foods of your baby.
Lentils are rich in protein and fiber, making them highly nutritious. They are also a rich source of iron, even more than black beans, so you’ll be sure that your child isn’t anemic. A point in favor of preparing this food is that they are fairly inexpensive and easy to cook.
A good idea is to serve them accompanied by vegetables such as carrots and rice, better if you add some chicken.
Dark green leafy vegetables
The dark green leafy vegetables are high in iron and folate. Although spinach is perhaps the most popular of this group, there are many other varieties, including different types of cabbage and beets. You can add to their purees, also adding cereal.
In addition to its anti-cancer powers, broccoli has high concentration of folate, fiber and calcium. And thanks to its sulfur component, give a pleasant taste. So lunchtime isn’t going to be a war with your son. Cook steamed, not overcooking them too much because they lose their properties. You can add one teaspoon of vegetable
Blueberries contain a type of flavonoid called anthocyanins, very good for the eyes, brain and the urinary tract of babies. You can prepare them for dessert, combine 1 cup of blueberries and a quarter cup of water in a bowl, cook in the microwave for a minute and let cool. Serve with yogurt on top.
If blueberries aren’t easy to find in your country or city you can replace them with eggplant or purple potatoes that have very similar properties. You have to peel the potatoes and eggplant and cook. Cook to them as a puree with other vegetables.
Many people are deprived from eating avocado and giving it to their babies, saying it is quite greasy, but avocado is one of the foods recommended to combat the harmful LDL cholesterol, i.e. it is a good source of unsaturated fats, healthy fats for our bodies, which also are beneficial for brain development of your baby. You can combine them with fish or apples, another idea is to offer it as pure, and your baby will not reject it.
Beef is a very important food for the baby, it provides zinc and iron. Prepare stew, along with other vegetables and potatoes. Give it on small pieces.
Prunes and raisins
Prunes are a good option to relieve and treat constipation in babies that are introducing solid foods in their diets, because of its high fiber content.
Just as lentils, beans and other legumes, chickpeas are high in protein and fiber. And they are cheap.
You can cook them mashed, combined with other vegetables, with chicken or meat.
You can include your baby's diet tangerine with the recommendation of the pediatrician, since citrus are prohibited until one year of age. The tangerines are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants.
Don’t forget that all of your child's meals should include vegetables, meat (chicken, beef, turkey, fish) and cereal.