Top 10 Veggies for Babies
Introducing solid foods into your baby’s diet can be unnerving to say the least. Worrying over whether or not it will be eaten, and if it’s the right thing to feed your little one can turn even the simplest meals into a fuss. During the early stages, one ingredient meals, or mixed veggie mashes for older babies give your baby added nutrients, proteins, and minerals to grow healthy and strong! It doesn’t have to be scary! That’s why, in no particular order, we’ve listed our favorite veggies for babies below.
1. Sweet Potato
This veggie really packs a punch! In one cup of cooked sweet potato, your baby gets tons of Vitamins A and C, nutrients he will need to grow healthy and strong! Tip: Sweet potatoe puree is great mixed with carrots. How to puree a sweet potato.
This is not just a halloween decoration! Like sweet potatoes, pumpkins also contain loads of vitamin A, copper and potassium. Pumpkins can be pureed the same way as sweet potatoes.
3. Red Pepper
Red peppers make a super sweet puree that babies love. Alone, or mixed with other veggies, these are easy and nutritious! Recipe here.
Zucchinis should be deseeded and peeled before serving to your kiddo, but the texture makes a yummy mash, and contains a healthy heap of potassium! Try our Creamy Mashed Zucchini for older babies!
This green leafy monster may scare your toddlers, but you can sneak this into your baby's mouth without him ever knowing! This is a power house veggie, containing vitamins A and K, folate, plus many vital minerals! Try our Fish, Fennel and Broccoli Puree for babies over 9 months.
Carrots are delicious pureed with just a spoonful of butter, and they'll give your baby calcium, folate, and vitamin A, among other important nutrients! Carrots also mix well with other vegetables because of their sweet flavor. For an idea of how to mix this veggie, see our Potato, Carrot and Leek Puree for babies over 9 months. Note that carrots can stain your wall!
7. Green Beans
These are great for babies. They're easy on digestion and nutritious. See our recipe for Green Bean and Cucumber Soup. The recipe calls for a Thermomix, but you can make it with just a food processor as well.
Cauliflowers are a great mash, and make a tasty combo with some garlic and cream cheese. For older babies, cauliflower with a bit of parsley and fish make a hearty meal.
While cooked and pureed spinach may sound gross to us adults, it has heaps of vitamins A and K, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and other vitamins and minerals! Try our Blueberry and Spinach Puree for babies over 6 months old.
Tons of red color isn't all that beets have got! Folates and potassium are this vegetable's strong points, and the stong flavor adds a little umph to your baby's meals! Try our Red Mullet Fish and Beet recipe! Note: You'll want to pay careful attention to Baby while he eats this, it stains EVERYTHING.