My kids eat fruit with ease; watermelon, strawberries and apples are their favorites. Every once in a while I can sneak in a cucumber or mini bell peppers, but they are always craving fruit. Fruit comes with a lot of good vitamins, minerals and fiber. But fruit also comes with a lot of natural sugar, and too much sugar is not great for little bodies. One of my biggest challenges is how to introduce new foods including vegetables and protein into my kids’ diets. A recent Beech-Nut survey found that 37 percent of parents struggle with getting their infants to eat veggies* and 1 in 3 don’t know how much protein to feed their infant*.
So, instead of stressing over exact timelines and portions for feeding your babies, parents are encouraged to learn about the key nutrients to focus on during baby’s first year. A good “key nutrient” infographic for new parents to keep handy is this one from Beech-Nut.
These six key nutrients a baby should be fed are: protein, omega 3s, calcium, iron, fiber and vitamins A, C, D, E and K. Beech-Nut offers blends with all these nutrients, and my daughter loves the just carrot, sweet corn & garbanzo bean blend. When introducing baby’s first foods, start with mild-tasting vegetables, whether homemade or store-bought, like Beech-Nut’s just sweet potato, just sugar snap peas and just sweet corn, then work up to stronger flavors like spinach, broccoli and green beans. Popular proteins for babies are beef, poultry, eggs, beans, quinoa, yogurt, eggs, nut butters and fish.
Now that my kids are a bit older I love making them smoothies to check off tons of key nutrients in one delicious drink. Our current favorite smoothie incorporates the just peas & spinach blend from Beech-Nut.
- Handful of frozen fruits- this mixture is grapes, apples, banana and strawberries.
- Splash of plain drinkable yogurt.
- One jar of Beech-Nut Organics™ just peas & spinach blend.
- Add a liquid such as milk, water or green juice to blend to consistency.
- Pour into a lid cup with straw and enjoy!
I would love it if you would share your own tips on how to incorporate fruits, veggies & protein into your little ones’ diets with the hashtag #BabysFirstFoods!
To learn more check out Beech-Nut’s Guide to What Baby Eats Now on their new blog.
*Beech-Nut conducted a survey of 200 parents (with an infant under or 2 or currently expecting) to find out where exactly parents are stumped when it comes to starting their babies on solid foods.
Consult your pediatrician for recommendations specific to your baby’s diet.
This post was sponsored by Beech-Nut but all opinions expressed here are always my own.