10 Superfoods Parents Should Be Feeding Their Babies

Judy Dutton | Sep 10, 2015 Baby
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  • Eggs

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    Eggs pack tons of superfood benefits. "The egg white is high in protein, and the egg yolks a good source of choline which is good for brain function and memory," says pediatrician Alison Mitzner, MD. Plus, many kids love 'em hard-boiled or scrambled once they've moved past purees -- easy peasy.

  • Salmon

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    "Salmon is a great seafood option for little ones because it's low in mercury but contains plenty of vitamin D and omega-3 fats, which help promote brain development," says Dana White, RD, author of First Bites: Superfoods for Babies and Toddlers. To make fish more palatable, try mixing it with pasta or mayo.

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  • Sweet potatoes

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    This root vegetable is a hit with babies because it's naturally sweet -- and also popular among nutritionists due to its high levels of vitamins A and C. "These vitamins support the baby’s immune system and vision," says Di Fabio. Just bake or steam the sweet potato then serve it up in chunks or mashed; it's great on its own or mixed with whole grain baby cereal.

  • Yogurt

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    Yogurt is not only a great source of calcium and vitamin D for bone development, but it also contains probiotics. "These tiny micro-organisms contribute to the development of healthy gut microflora for immune health," says Di Fabio. Try adding any fruit combination for extra flavor.

  • Avocado

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    This buttery fruit is bursting with nutrients that'll do a baby good. "They're full of omega-3 fatty acids which help with immune health and brain development," says Di Fabio. Plus since it's soft and smooth when ripe, the choking risk is near nil. Di Fabio suggests serving it on its own in chunks, adding to soft cooked vegetables, or mashing it with fruit.

  • Quinoa

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    This Native American grain is hugely popular for good reason: "It's high in iron, fiber, folate, and magnesium for healthy blood, muscles, and bones," says White. Plus you can serve it to your baby in so many ways: hot or cold, as a side to veggies, or with milk and cinnamon for breakfast.

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  • Broccoli

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    "Broccoli has many nutrients and vitamins, including vitamin C, which is good for the immune system; vitamin A, which is good for eyes; and calcium for baby's bones," says Mitzner. One easy way to help this green go down is to add it to a puree. Or add to an older baby's pasta or macaroni and cheese. 

  • Pumpkin

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    Pumpkin isn't just a Halloween thing. "It's high in vitamin A and other antioxidants to help with immune function and to keep and protect cells from damage," says White. Plus, there are so many ways to make pumpkin irresistible to babies, from muffins to pudding to pumpkin pie.

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