feeding-by-colour: nothing mellow about yellow
Though this healthy hue doesn’t get nearly as much attention as, say, dark leafy greens, the likes of pineapple, bananas and corn are packed with immune-boosting and health benefiting nutrients. So this week we’re looking beyond the beloved banana, at some of the other sunshine-hued foods that can give baby’s nutrition a boost and expand their palette.
• Bananas – Bananas are full of carbohydrates, which provide sustained energy, as well as fiber to support a healthy digestive tract. They’re also rich in potassium and boast an abundance of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, calcium and magnesium. When serving bananas to young babies, make sure they are ripe and thoroughly mashed. Older babies can eat chopped bananas as finger food, but they should also be ripe so they're easy for young eaters to mash and chew.
• Eggs – With six grams of the highest-quality protein and fourteen essential vitamins and nutrients, eggs are a practical way to add an iron-rich, wholesome food to your baby’s diet. They are also a natural source of choline, which plays an important role in brain development. To serve your little one eggs, scrambled eggs are ideal one they are able to pick up foods and feed themselves. For younger babies, you can mix a cooked egg yolk with plain yogurt to spoon-feed.
• Corn – Organic corn is a great source of the anti-oxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. This dynamic duo keeps eyes strong by protecting the retina and preventing age-related degenerative eye diseases. Corn also contains certain B vitamins and vitamin C, as well as magnesium, potassium and dietary fibre that supports gut health. For self-feeders, try introducing corn as a fun finger food. Try our black bean, sweet corn, chicken & quinoa pouch.
• Pineapple – Pineapple is an incredible source of immunity-boosting vitamin c, manganese which supports bone health, and the enzyme bromelain which acts as a natural digestion aid and anti-inflammatory in the human body. Babies love the sweet flavor of ripe pineapple as they’re becoming more adventurous eaters around the 8-month mark. Just make sure you cut it up into small pieces or mash and serve with another food like yogurt, cereal or in a smoothie.
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