As more people become educated about the benefits of healthy living and the green lifestyle; buzzwords like “organic” and “natural” have taken over the food scene. These brands might have good intentions, but it’s best to be ahead of the curve when selecting food for your baby. We’ve created a list of healthy ingredients from Mother Nature’s hands that guarantee nutritional value. This way you can make healthy foods at home for baby and even wean out the brands that claim more nutritional value than they provide. You may want to add some of these to your own diet if you haven’t already.
1. Dark Green Leaves
The high contents of iron and folate in spinach, kale & collard greens are beneficial for growing babies. Infants benefit from the vision, iron and bone health advantages. Pureed or steamed, these vegetable are easy to eat and endlessly rewarding for baby health.
2. Mandarin oranges
The size and easy peel wedges make mandarins great finger food infants. Canned or fresh, mandarins oranges are full of antioxidants and vitamin C perfect for baby’s diet. If you purchase canned mandarins however, be mindful that some brands keep the mandarins in sugary syrups rather than water.
Lentils are filled with boundless benefits for both you and baby. This legume is known to boost energy and encourage heart health in addition to many other great benefits. Try combining your lentils with veggies and experimenting with different seasoning. Your baby will grow to love and appreciate lentils, and his digestive health will thank you too.
Served with garbanzo beans, squash makes the perfect entrée for infants. Squash is an excellent source of vitamin A and C. The consistency is creamy and sweet, much like the food we see on the market for babies. There are countless dinner ideas that incorporate squash like a simple butternut squash puree. Its natural nutty and sweet favorite could become a favorite for your little one.
“Good fat” is most definitely a thing and avocados are the perfect example of that. Similar to the composition of the milk from mother’s breast, avocados offer unsaturated fat that is safe for baby and even benefits his development. Avocados are packed with vitamin K. Baby might like this fruit paired with apples and toast. Keeping an avocado in the fridge at all times isn’t a bad idea for family taco night either.
We’ve all heard about the immune system benefits of yogurt, but not all yogurts on the market offer the same nutritional value. When selecting a yogurt for your baby, make plain organic choices without sugar. This will ensure your baby reaps the full benefits like brain and heart health. Yogurt pairs very well with natural fruits. It doubles as a dessert and great source of vitamin D!
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Written by Christine Barlow, Inventor of 5 Phases Eco-Friendly Baby Bottle System
Mom Christine Barlow is the inventor of 5 Phases eco-friendly and non-toxic baby bottles, the safest and healthiest way to bottle feed your baby. Her inspiration in creating an alternative to traditional feeding bottles came after the birth of her 1lb 7oz micro-preemie baby. Having a compromised child, she became aware how environmental factors were affecting our children. With all the concerns of plastics and infants being the most vulnerable, she felt there was a need for more options for parents who wanted to use glass. She knew she had to act – and the 5 Phases Hybrid Glass Baby Bottles were born.
5 Phases is dedicated to helping families achieve a healthier and organic lifestyle. Starting with baby, they develop products keeping both the environment and health of your family in mind. And when it comes to your baby nothing else will do – Christine knows, she’s a mom too!
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