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Four Ways to Feed Your Baby More Nutrients in 2018

Eating healthy is a choice, and it also takes some effort. When it comes to feeding your baby, you should go that extra step to offer nutrient-rich foods that promote healthy growth and development. Baby care products, cookbooks, and magazines are great tools to learn more about healthy eating for infants and toddlers. If you are not sure how to get started, these four ways to incorporate better nutrition for your baby can help you start the new year right.

  1. Go for whole foods. The more processed a food is, the more likely that nutrients have been lost as additives and preservatives are included. Lean meats, poultry, fish, fresh fruits, and vegetables are better choices for growing minds and bodies.

  2. Find the right time. Babies can be finicky eaters, especially when they are trying something new for the first time. Take a bit of the battle out of it by introducing healthy foods at a mealtime earlier in the day or for snacks after a nap. If your baby is not cranky, he or she may be more receptive to trying new flavors and textures.

  3. Know your stuff. If you learn more about what nutrients are essential for infant growth, you can add those into your baby’s meals to boost their wellbeing. Vitamins A, C, and D are important as well as iron, calcium, and zinc. Certain foods pack more of a wholesome punch, so educate yourself.

  4. Do it yourself. The best way to know exactly what your baby is eating is to make your own baby food. It’s not as difficult as it sounds. There are several products you can try to cook, puree, and store baby food, but they are not all created equal. The best baby food processor that makes it easy for you is one from the Babycook® line because it can handle every step, from cooking to blending to storage and reheating.

With the right tools this year, you can be your own baby food chef! Learn more about Babycook® processors by visiting the BÉABA website. They have innovative products to kick your parenting up a notch as your baby grows.

 

Feed Your Baby Well for a Healthy Life

From the age of three or four months, your baby is ready to go on to solid food. This sounds easier than it actually is. Babies have to get used to lumpier food rather than just milk including new tastes and textures. It’s a milestone in your little one’s life and one that will lead to good health as your baby gets older.

A single grain infant cereal like rice, a single fruit or vegetable puree can be prepared using breast milk or formula milk. This makes it easy for baby to digest. However don’t try lots of different meals at first, stick to the same food for a few days to make sure there aren’t any signs of allergies or intolerance. Here are some delicious baby food recipes, perfect for babies four to six months old.

 

Ingredients for Sweet Potato Apple Mash

Steamed or baked apples

Sweet Potatoes

Water

Finger food salad

 

What to do:

Steam or bake the apples and sweet potatoes together until they are tender.

Puree and add water to make the mixture thin and easy for baby to swallow

Chop or dice finger food salad.

 

[A good tip to bake sweet potatoes to perfection is run them under water and then put holes in them with a fork. Run under the water again, wrap and put them in the oven for about 45 minutes at 200 degrees C, or gas mark 6. Place the tray on a low rack].

 

Once your baby has tasted this delicious first meal, he or she will want something a little different. Why not tempt your little one with:-

 

Pumpkin and Spinach Risotto

Ingredients

2 cups of chicken stock

Quarter of a butternut pumpkin

1 cup of Arborio rice

1 teaspoon of olive oil

A handful of finely chopped spinach leaves

 

What to do

  1. Peel, deseed the pumpkin and cut into very small chunks. Put in a saucepan of boiling water and cook for about 10 minutes or until tender. Strain and put to one side.
  2. In another smaller saucepan, heat the oil and add the Arborio rice. Stir until the rice is completely covered with the oil. Cook for a minute or until the rice looks glassy.
  3. Add around half a cup of stock at a time, stirring until the stock is soaked up by the rice, then add the rest of the stock.
  4. Put the mixture into a blender and blend until it’s smooth enough for your baby to eat.

This tasty recipe is great for all the family plus baby. It can also be frozen for up to six weeks. When re-heating, remember to add a little water to prevent this easy-to-make meal from drying out.

 

Keep meals nutritious

It’s highly recommended to feed your baby only nutritious meals to give him or her a good start in life. Don’t forget tasty treats either such as banana teething biscuits, baby rice pudding or flavoured yoghurt.

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