Babies have small tummies. They need to have nutritious food in bits. Food helps in physical, cognitive development and over all development.
Super foods are those foods which are nutrient rich – could be minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, proteins, etc. By eating small quantities of this food, the RDA (Required Dietary Allowance) is met.
Since babies and children grow on a daily basis, it is good to introduce them to super foods. But some of these foods could cause allergies in babies and young children. It used to be said that till the child is one year of age, these foods should not be introduced to them. Now the trend is slowly changing. Doctors suggest that families who have a history of allergies should not consider giving babies super foods until they are one year of age.
Babies grow at different rates and you should consider their food and sleep cycle. Until 4 months of age, babies should be fed only milk. A month later, water can be introduced to them. After six months of age, mashed food can be introduced to them. It should be well cooked and well mashed so as to not cause constipation.
It is important that you consult your pediatrician before introducing foods like eggs, fish, citric fruits and yoghurt. Foods classified under these have chances of causing allergies in children.
Super foods are mandatory for young children. Growth spurts take place frequently. A series of developments take place at a fast rate, hence it is advisable to serve them foods packed with rich nutrition.
Some super foods that can be given to toddlers and young children are as follows. Banana is a power house of carbohydrates. They help in providing sustained energy. They are also a source of dietary fiber. Sweet potatoes are a great source of potassium and vitamin C. It also has an abundance of beta carotene and anti-oxidants. It helps in the prevention of certain cancers.
Avocados are the greatest source of protein in any of the fruits. They also store monounsaturated types of fats – fats that are good for the heart. They also are rich in dietary fiber content and could be difficult to digest. Take care that you only serve ripened avocados. Eggs are a great source of protein content. The yolks are packed with zinc and white is rich in protein, vitamins and minerals along with choline.
Chicken is also a power house of proteins. It must be fed only to older babies and toddlers who are used to eating finger foods. It is not advisable to feed young babies due to hazard of choking.
On the whole, know your child well before you introduce them to new food or even super foods. If allergenic food is in question, it is best to feed a little and then check for any negative reactions.
Super foods is a super way to make sure that your child is getting good nutrients.