What Makes a Food a Baby Superfood?

As mamas, we are always hearing about how much of a superfood breastmilk is for baby, but what about when baby is ready for solid food? What are the baby superfoods that you should ensure your little one is getting regularly in their diet?

I’ve done some research and found 5 baby superfoods that should become staples in your baby’s diet. These foods provide a variety of nutrients to baby and help nurture baby’s growing body. Food is our main source of energy and as your little one is expanding their palette, you want to be sure to feed them the nutrition that will best support their development.

kale and other superfoods at a farmers market.
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What is a Superfood?

A superfood is a nutrient-rich food that has properties that boost your overall health. When we look at superfoods, we look at their nutritional profile. These foods have high contents of certain vitamins and may be a great source of antioxidants and other minerals as well. Superfoods are believed to lower the risk of disease and even have cancer-fighting properties. They are great to supplement your diet with!

When I think about a superfood for myself, I think of acai, goji berries, hemp seeds, cacao, chia seeds, etc. These foods, however, are not the first foods that pop into my mind when I think about baby superfoods. Although all of the foods I mention are still considered superfoods, the ones listed below are gentler on baby’s tummy and can make a regular appearance in your baby’s diet.

When Should I Introduce Superfoods into my Baby’s Diet?

All of the superfoods that I mention below are safe and gentle for baby. They can be introduced slowly into baby’s diet starting from when your pediatrician gives you the green light to start solids!

Always make sure to take the proper precautions to ensure baby doesn’t not have any negative interactions with the foods. You should feed baby each food in isolation first for 3-4 days to rule out allergies before introducing a new food.

Top 5 Baby Superfoods

Note: I am not a nutritionist…I have just done personal research as to what the benefits of certain foods are. Always check with your pediatrician before providing new food to your little one=)

1. Sweet Potato

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Why are Sweet Potatoes Awesome?

Sweet Potatoes offer a whole bunch of different superfood qualities.

  • fiber
  • antioxidants
  • beta-carotene >>>converts to Vitamin A
  • vitamin C
  • potassium
  • vitamin B6
  • magnesium

What This Means for Baby…

  • supports eye health
  • supports brain function
  • supports gut health and regular bowel movements
  • boosts immune system
  • (source)

Try…

…mixing sweet potatoes, banana, and cinnamon!

2. Avocado

avocado baby superfoods

Why are Avocados Awesome?

Avocados are a very unique fruit! And their taste blends so well with other fruits and veggies so your food options for baby are unlimited! They may be high in fat, but their nutritional composition is so amazing that they make almost every superfood list out there!

  • omega-3s
  • potassium
  • fiber
  • vitamins C, D, E, & K
  • B vitamins
  • folate
  • mono-unsaturated fat >>>the good fat!
  • lutein

What This Means for Baby…

  • boosts brain health with all of those omega-3s
  • helps other nutrients be better absorbed by the body
  • supports heart health
  • supports eye health >>>lutein is an amazing supplement for eye health!
  • supports growth of central nervous system
  • (source)

Try…

…mixing avocado and cilantro. Blend really well!

PS–avocado is an awesome first food by itself for baby! This was our little one’s first food aside from oat cereal and he loved it!

3. Kale

kale baby superfoods

Why Is Kale Awesome?

Kale has been on the superfood radar for quite some time now. It might not be the tastiest treat for baby, but it’s benefits are worth trying to find a way to sneak it into their diet!

  • fiber
  • antioxidants
  • iron
  • omega 3s
  • vitamin A
  • vitamin C
  • calcium
  • vitamin K

What This Means for Baby…

  • supports healthy vision
  • supports brain function
  • supports gut health and regular bowel movements
  • aids in cell growth and function
  • supports building strong bones
  • (source)

Try…

…mixing kale, pineapple, mango, and banana for a tropical treat!

4. Blueberries

Blueberry baby superfoods

Why are Blueberries Awesome?

Blueberries are known to be a powerful antioxidant and help the body heal and fight inflammation. They are a delicious, sweet treat for baby to try all blended up! Make sure you do blend up the blueberries when you feed them to baby until you know they do not present a choking hazard. Check with your pediatrician to see when it is okay for your little one to try them as a finger food.

  • fiber
  • antioxidants
  • vitamin C
  • vitamin K
  • manganese

What This Means for Baby…

  • supports immune system
  • protects against cell damage and disease
  • supports brain function and memory
  • supports digestion
  • supports heart health
  • (source)

Try…

…mixing blueberries and yogurt (dairy or non-dairy…your choice!)

5. Quinoa

quinoa baby superfoods

Why is Quinoa Awesome?

Quinoa is a superseed that is packed with nutritional benefits. Blend it into baby’s food or mill it into a flour to use in your baked goods!

  • complete protein (meaning it has all 9 essential amino acids)
  • fiber
  • manganese
  • magnesium
  • folate
  • iron
  • B-vitamins
  • antioxidants

What This Means for Baby…

  • supports gut health and healthy digestion
  • supports cell growth and function
  • supports bone health and growth
  • supports heart health
  • supports skin health
  • (source)

Try…

…mixing quinoa with kiwi and banana=)

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    What Superfoods to Avoid for Baby

    For baby’s first year…OR until your pediatrician gives you the green light (which MAY be before their first year for some of these)…there are certain high nutritional foods that you shouldn’t feed to your little one. Here are just a few to watch out for:

    Honey

    Although there are many health benefits of raw honey such as antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidants, honey can cause botulism in infants. Botulism is a bacterial infection that can create neurotoxins and seriously harm baby.

    Nuts

    Allergies are a main concern when looking to feed a baby nuts. Many are very rich in the brain boosting omega-3s, but you can find this nutrient in many other foods that baby can eat such as avocados.

    Juices

    Even if they are superfood juices like pomegranate juice. The sugar content in juice is just way too high to feed to baby. You are better off sticking with the real deal and get the added bonus of all that gut-healthy fiber that fruits and veggies have to offer!

    Cheers to Baby’s Health!

    Peaches, tomatoes, cherries, eggplants, and basil in brown paper bags.
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    I hope that you are inspired to incorporate some of these amazing baby superfoods into your little one’s diet! The possibilities are endless when it come to creating food your baby will not only love, but will serve them both mentally and physically. Whether you are buying pre-made baby food or making it yourself, you can’t go wrong with adding these foods into baby’s diet. Their growing body will thank you!

    Are there any superfoods that you love to incorporate into your baby’s diet? Drop some down into the comments below=)

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