Today we’ll be looking at the top 10 foods for babies. The important food groups that create a balanced diet include vegetables, fruits, dairy and protein. Fruits and vegetables provide vitamins, anti-oxidants, fiber and energy as well as hydration. Full fat dairy products like milk, cheese and yoghurt are great for fast growing babies and also a good source of calcium. You can give your baby cows milk as a part of a balanced diet when they turn one. Protein filled foods like lean meat, chicken, eggs, beans, lentils, chickpeas and nuts. Meat is such an important first food and is filled with iron, zinc, B12 and Omega-3 fatty acids.
What I don’t recommend however is soy milk cause first of all it is not natural and it’s linked to diseases like breast cancer. Juice only in small amounts for a one year old. Better to eat the whole fruit instead. Water is the best drink and I recommend spring water over tap water since tap water contains fluoride. Last but not least don’t feed your babies anything with added sugar or salt! To find a full list of foods that are not recommended for babies go check out my earlier post here. You’ll find the list in the end of the page.
So what are the best foods? Try these following cheap and nutrient filled ingredients!
Lentils are quite cheap and a great source of folate and fiber. Easy to make and easy for your baby to eat. I personally love lentil pasta since I don’t eat wheat/ grains (except white rice). You can even make a little lentil pasta salad for your baby.
Yogurt is a good source of calsium and vitamin D. This can be one of the first foods you give your baby. You can give it already at 4-6 months.
Salmon is rich in Omega-3, protein and vitamins. It’s truly a superfood and contains the very important DHA that is crucial for brain development. Prefer wild caught salmon than farmed!
Eggs are filled with so many nutrients. Especially great source of protein and good for brain development.
Lean meat is the best sources of iron, B12, zinc and high-quality protein. Chicken is also great but has a lower fat content.
Broccoli can be good in moderate amounts. It is high in folate, fiber and Vitamins A, K, C and B6. Such a miraculous veggies!
Berries are filled with antioxidants, fiber and vitamins. I prefer blueberries! This is truly a super food! Vitamin C can strengthen immunity and prevent infections. Blueberries are also rich in potassium. Great for eyes, brain and urinary tract.
Bananas are filled with potassium, fiber, folate and vitamins. Like I mentioned earlier Vitamin C is great for immunity. This is also such an affordable and easy first food to prepare for your baby. Works also as finger food.
First of all avocados are a great source of folate, fiber and vitamins. This fruit is considered to have huge health benefits. This fruit filled with unsaturated fats is great for a fast growing baby and their brain development!
Prunes (dried plums) are great against constipation. You can give them as a basic finger food or make puree out of them that you can add on yogurt or smoothies etc.
Honorable mentions: asparagus, peaches, mangoes. Why? These are filled with other important nutrients and vitamins and easy to prepare.
I can honestly say this is what my baby’s meal plan will look like! It’s healthy, it includes all the important nutrients they need and it is versatile!
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