Traditionally, Western babies are fed pretty flavourless plain food. Research shows that this isn't necessary and seasonings and spices will benefit early development. Breast milk is not necessarily bland either ' it takes on the flavours of the food the mother eats. If you've just had a curry, your breast fed baby will be tasting something similar. Once you move your baby onto solids, feel free to add rosemary in with your gem squash, put paprika on your chicken and mix parsley in with your sweet potatoes. Even spicier options like ginger are good. Here are some excellent food choices with suggestions for added flavour. Blueberries
Blueberries have flavonoids called anthocyanins. These are reported to be good for babies eyes, brain and urinary system.
TRY THIS: Pour half a cup of boiling water to a quarter cup of blueberries. Once they're mushy, remove the water. Mash them up then add some plain yoghurt and cinnamon.
Use yoghurt from as early as 6 months. It boosts immunity, supports the digestive tract, and supplies calcium and vitamin D, which contributes to healthy bones and teeth. Buy yoghurt with live cultures and without added sugar or harmful preserving agents.
TRY THIS: Yogurt with pureed apple or squashed banana is delicious. You can add vanilla or cinnamon as well. As an alternative, mix it with mahsed avo sprinkled with herbal vegetable salt.
Gem squash has a wonderful texture and is an excellent source of vitamin A and C. Boil it or roast it.
TRY THIS: Once it has been cooked mash it up and sprinkle on a small amount of cayenne pepper. You can also add parmesan cheese.
Lentils are a great mainstay, they're inexpensive and easy to cook. They're filled with protein and fibre.
Try this: Lentils can be mixed with veggies and rice. Cook your lentils with a bay leaf and add basil, oregano and lots of lemon juice.
Dietitian Kate Geagan, author of Go Green, Get Lean lauds broccoli for its folate, fibre and calcium content. First steam your broccoli; then cool or even chill it.
TRY THIS: After steaming, cool your broccoli down and chop finely. Add some tahini and lemon juice or hummus.
Creamy, nutritious avos are the perfect food. Apparently the fat composition is similar to breast milk, says nutritionist Leanne Cooper. Babies need unsaturated fat and this is an excellent source.
TRY THIS: Mash an avo and blend it with yoghurt or raw cacao. You can even spread it onto apple slices. Avo mashed into sweet potato with a dose of seasoning is also a great option.
Experiment with flavours and spices like: vanilla, cinnamon, mint, nutmeg, anise, pepper, garlic, curry powder, basil, rosemary, dill, oregano, lemon zest, ginger
DID YOU KNOW? Exposing tots to the exciting flavors, textures, shapes, and colours of different foods sets them up to be healthy eaters for life. Feeding babies bland and processed foods may set a predisposition for processed foods over natural foods.
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