Growing up healthy and strong with organic food

Tue, Jun 27, 2017
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By Dr. Joey Shulman DC, Registered Nutritionist, for Sweetpea Baby Food

All parents want the best for their growing babies. Decisions about the quality and quantity of the food your baby is eating are, therefore, of the utmost importance.

Selecting high quality foods and “going organic” have been shown to have immense benefits, which include:

  • Lowering your baby’s risk of developing allergies or asthma
  • Decreasing the chances of having a "picky eater"
  • Optimizing your baby’s digestion and immune system function
  • Decreasing exposure to toxic chemicals found in conventional fruits and vegetables
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Step 1 – Starting with cereal (approx. 4-6 months)

A hypoallergenic infant cereal such as brown rice, barley or mixed grain is the best "starter" food for your baby. Mix cereal with added breast milk, formula or water to ensure it has a soft and smooth texture.

Step 2 – Moving on to 100% organic fruits and veggies (approximately 4-6 months)

Fruits and vegetables are the next solid food category you should introduce on a one by one basis. As a general rule, the more colorful the fruit or vegetable, the more nutrient value it holds. The top organic fruits and vegetables to introduce include avocados, bananas, blueberries, pears, broccoli, peas, carrots, squash and sweet potatoes.

Step 3 – Introducing organic proteins for strong muscles (approximately 6- 8 months)

As your baby's energy and growing demands change, he/she is ready to eat a greater amount of protein and iron. Introduce new protein foods one at time with a 3-5 day lag between each new protein introduced.

Becoming informed about your baby's nutritional and growing needs gives parents peace of mind. Having the right information will help with your baby's continuing growth and development.
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