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By Dr. Joey Shulman DC, Registered Nutritionist, for Sweetpea Baby Food
Every growing child, from birth on, requires a variety of top quality
nutritional choices to ensure healthy growth and development. This is why it is
so important for every parent and caretaker to become educated on the best super
foods to feed a growing little tot.
What are super foods? They are nutritionally superior foods that are filled to
the brim with the essential vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals (plant nutrients
that fight off disease) and fats necessary for a strong immune system and
healthy muscle, bone and brain development.
The top five super foods to include in your baby’s diet are:
Blueberries – As you will soon discover, nature is very wise and gives
off little tips to highlight nutritional value. One of the greatest indicators
of a healthy food is the color. Fruits and vegetables that are green, orange,
red and purple are those that offer the most nutritional benefits. In terms of
blueberries, the nutritional offerings are immense. Blueberries are loaded with
fiber, phytochemicals, Vitamin C and are rated #1 in terms of anti-oxidant
Avocados – Avocados are filled with healthy monounsaturated fat,
otherwise known as the “good fat”. In addition, avocados provide more than 25
essential nutrients such as fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B Vitamins and folic
acid. The creamy texture of avocados makes a perfect addition to your baby’s
Certified organic meat such as chicken or beef – The protein found in
organic meats such as chicken and beef is important to build your baby’s iron
level. Sticking to certified organic meats ensures that your baby’s food will be
free of herbicide, pesticide and fungicide residues. Proteins are recommended at
approximately eight months of age.
Green foods such as broccoli - Broccoli is a nutritional superstar and is
voted the healthiest veggie around. Ounce for ounce, it contains more calcium
than a glass of milk and more Vitamin C than an orange!
Orange foods such as carrots and sweet potatoes – Remembering that the
color of a food is an indicator of its nutritional value, it is no secret that
the bright orange hue in carrots and sweet potatoes indicates enormous
nutritional benefits. Specifically, carrots and potatoes offer an excellent
source of Vitamin A, necessary for healthy vision.
To learn more about the nutritional benefits offered in the Sweetpea Baby Food
recipes, please visit the Products page on their website.
Reprinted with permission from Sweetpea Baby Food.
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