What are super foods? They are nutritionally superior foods that are filled to the brim with the essential vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals (plant nutrients that fight off disease) and fats necessary for a strong immune system and healthy muscle, bone and brain development.
The top five super foods to include in your baby’s diet are:
Blueberries – As you will soon discover, nature is very wise and gives off little tips to highlight nutritional value. One of the greatest indicators of a healthy food is the color. Fruits and vegetables that are green, orange, red and purple are those that offer the most nutritional benefits. In terms of blueberries, the nutritional offerings are immense. Blueberries are loaded with fiber, phytochemicals, Vitamin C and are rated #1 in terms of anti-oxidant capacity.
Avocados – Avocados are filled with healthy monounsaturated fat, otherwise known as the “good fat”. In addition, avocados provide more than 25 essential nutrients such as fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B Vitamins and folic acid. The creamy texture of avocados makes a perfect addition to your baby’s meal.
Certified organic meat such as chicken or beef – The protein found in organic meats such as chicken and beef is important to build your baby’s iron level. Sticking to certified organic meats ensures that your baby’s food will be free of herbicide, pesticide and fungicide residues. Proteins are recommended at approximately eight months of age.
Green foods such as broccoli - Broccoli is a nutritional superstar and is voted the healthiest veggie around. Ounce for ounce, it contains more calcium than a glass of milk and more Vitamin C than an orange!
Orange foods such as carrots and sweet potatoes – Remembering that the color of a food is an indicator of its nutritional value, it is no secret that the bright orange hue in carrots and sweet potatoes indicates enormous nutritional benefits. Specifically, carrots and potatoes offer an excellent source of Vitamin A, necessary for healthy vision.
Reprinted with permission from Sweetpea Baby Food www.sweetpeababyfood.com