THESE ARE THE FIVE VEGETABLES YOU NEED TO START FEEDING YOUR BABY
The reasons why vegetables are a brilliant first food for your baby are plenty. Firstly they are packed full of essential vitamins and minerals that will aid your little foodie’s optimum growth and development. But it’s also immensely important to get your baby’s palate used to the taste of vegetables right from the start as this significantly increases the likelihood of your child’s willingness to eat them later on.
And a kid who always eats their vegetables, is a healthy kid!
If you’re unsure or curious about which vegetables are the top choice when it comes to transitioning your baby to solids, read on! Here are the five top vegetables you need to start feeding your baby.
Broccoli is an all-star food packed with vital minerals and vitamins that are essential to help baby’s growth and development. It’s rich in iron and potassium as well as vitamins A, B9, C and K, boosting cell growth, heart health, muscle and brain function as well as digestion. Because of its slightly bitter taste, which you want to get your baby used to asap, this green veggie is a winner all round.
Mark Twain called cauliflower “nothing but a cabbage with a college education”. Be that as it may, cabbage’s cousin is a brassica with a slightly bitter yet nutty flavor. An excellent source of vitamin C, which builds a strong immune system, aids tissue growth and repair, bone and tooth development and blood vessel health. We love cauliflower at Little Foodie Club.
A dark green and bitter tasting vegetable, spinach is a leafy green flowering plant native to central and western Asia. It’s very high in vitamins K, boosting heart health and bone growth, A, good for eyesight, and minerals especially iron, which is one of the most important nutrients babies need in their diet from age 6 months as this is key for brain development.
You may have heard the poem I Eat My Peas with Honey. But you definitely don’t want to feed honeyed peas to your baby! Bright green with a nutty taste and texture, these little balls of goodness are loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients and a great source of vitamin K and manganese, which is excellent for strong bones.
Turnips haven’t always been a favorite. In Roman times, they were hurled at unpopular public figures and in the 15th century, “turnip eater” was a common insult. But they’re an amazing food for your baby because they’re rich in potassium and calcium, which together promote muscle development as well as cell health, digestion and good brain and nerve functioning.