The fall season is filled with a bountiful harvest and healthy foods for baby. Introducing your baby to new foods and flavors is exciting. Fall foods not only taste great, but are also packed with lots of vitamins and minerals. Let's take a look at all the foods fall has to offer and their benefits:
Pumpkin Would it be the Fall without pumpkin? Pumpkin is loaded with vitamin C and zinc, which will help keep your baby's immune system strong. Pumpkin can be prepared in a number of ways. It can be roasted and mashed with other root veggies or made into soft muffins. Your baby will love pumpkin any way you make it!
Squash and Cauliflower Squash is a great source of folate and potassium. This will help keep your baby's muscles healthy and strong. You can either roast squash, purée it or even turn into a casserole. Additionally, cauliflower is a great source of vitamin C, protein, and magnesium. Cauliflower is so versatile. For younger babies, try preparing a cauliflower mash. For older babies who have been introduced to solid foods, try ricing the cauliflower and mixing in soft roasted veggies like squash.
Apples and Pears Apples and pears are sweet fruits that your baby will love! Both of the fruits are high in antioxidants and fiber, which will help your baby digest their food more easily. Also, apples will help keep away stomachaches because they are packed with flavonoids. Both fruits can be puréed, or served over a bed of soft oatmeal/yogurt!
Sweet Potatoes and Carrots What's packed with vitamin C and A? That's right, you guessed it...sweet potatoes! Sweet potatoes are ideal for baby because of their soft texture and flavor. Carrots are another great food option for baby. Loaded with beta-carotene, carrots help strengthen your baby's eyesight, prevent infections, and keep their skin healthy. Simply mash the sweet potatoes with soft small cubes of chicken for a delicious and nutritious meal!
Kale and Spinach Don't forget about the greens! Kale is good for your baby’s heart and immune system. The leafy veggies contain vitamin k, antioxidants, and beta-carotene. Further, spinach is also a great source of vital nutrients such as vitamin C and A. Both of these greens can be blended into a smoothie with bananas, which will provide some extra sweetness and potassium.
Your baby will love all the flavors of Fall. These foods are packed with nutrients and will help keep your baby healthy during the cooler months!