Not sure which foods is best firsts for your little one? We have compiled a list of what we think is the the best nutrition for your baby and their developing brain.
1. Beef Around 6 months when iron stores in breastmilk begins to deplete your pediatrician may recommend iron supplements or rice cereal, which is usually the first food many parents feed their babies.
Although rice cereal contains iron, the food is not a natural source of the nutrient. In this form, iron is not as readily absorbed into the body compared to an animal source of iron such as beef.
Beef is an excellent source of zinc, and selenium and is easy to prepare and cook.
2. Liver Not something most Americans eat on a regular basis, but liver is one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can feed your baby and an excellent of iron. Chicken liver in has a milder taste and is easier to prepare than other types. I personally have found soaking liver overnight in heavy cream removes the somewhat metallic taste.
Try liverwurst or liver pate- you may be surprised to see your little one eat it up.
3. Eggs Egg yolks are is an excellent source of iron and is also a great source of fat-soluble vitamins, choline and minerals.
Before introducing eggs to your baby, make sure to talk to your pediatrician first. As long as there is no known egg allergy in the family, it’s probably OK to introduce them.
4. Avocado Abundant in magnesium, potassium and essential fatty acids for brain health, avocado is one of the healthiest first foods for your baby to eat.
5. Nut butters The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued guidelines for introducing peanuts to infants that state they can be introduced as early as 4 to 6 months old, depending on risk.
Of course, nuts are a choking hazard for little ones, but nut butters are a good source of protein, and healthy fats and can be mixed into other foods like a simple apple or pear puree.
6. Fish An excellent source of protein and easy to digest, fish, such as salmon, is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are critical for your baby’s development, including brain and eye health. Fish is also easy to prepare, works well with a variety of herbs and spices, and it can be easily mashed with other foods or served alone. Make sure to look for fresh caught fish.
Sardines and anchovies are also excellent sources of calcium. They’re low in mercury and are easy to prepare.
7. Kiwi Kiwi is an excellent source of vitamins C and K, as well as potassium making kiwi an excellent choice of introductory foods.
Pastured butter in particular grass-fed butter is a good source of vitamin K-2, a fat- soluble vitamin identified by Dr. Weston A. Price as beneficial for overall growth and development. Vitamin K-2 helps deposit calcium into bones and keeps calcium away from your vascular system.
It is important to introduce the most healthy and nutritious foods to your little one. You have the power to set your child on the pathway to health. You have full control of what your baby eats for only a few years. Your choices will impact their future health so, make good choices!
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