Can my baby eat asparagus?
Can you actually feed your baby asparagus? I mean, it’s not like your baby will just suddenly combust! Or will he?
Your mind is racing. Well momma (or daddy), calm down. The good news is here.
If you love to eat asparagus and know just how healthy this particular vegetable is, you’ll be happy to know that giving your baby asparagus is a great idea!
Asparagus is a great vegetable to be mashed up and given to your baby as soon as they turn about 6 months old.
At this age, your baby should be able to process something other than milk or formula.
Yummy yummy in baby’s tummy! It’s time for your 6-month-old (and up) baby to eat asparagus!
Health Benefits of Giving Your Baby Asparagus
It is obvious that fruits and vegetables are a healthy option for all children.
But babies, in particular, rely on these key nutrients to help them grow and learn properly. Asparagus, in particular, is very high in fiber, folate, and vitamins A, C, and K.
Folate is a prime nutrient needed for babies to grow properly in their infant stage. Folate helps your baby in maintaining and creating new red blood cells. These are the building blocks for your baby’s amino acids which serve many different functions.
What veggies can I give my baby along with the asparagus?
Giving your baby asparagus along with a variety of other vegetables is desirable.
Some other really healthy vegetables you should be offering your baby include tomatoes, peas, green beans, carrots, and broccoli.
Tomatoes are great because they are super high in vitamin C and lycopene, which is a very strong and effective antioxidant.
Peas are great because they are easily mashed for consumption by your baby, and are starchy with higher calories to fill your baby’s tummy, but with good nutritional value.
Green beans are high also high in fiber and vitamin C and are a good choice because babies generally like the taste of them and they can also be mashed up.
How to Incorporate Asparagus Into Your Baby’s Diet
So now that you are aware of the health benefits of giving your baby asparagus and other vegetables, you might be wondering how you can go about actually incorporating these vegetables into your baby’s diet.
While most babies enjoy the taste of vegetables and giving your baby asparagus is usually pretty easy, sometimes it’s difficult. Your baby might spit out the asparagus, especially if you didn’t cut the food into small enough pieces.
To successfully incorporate asparagus into your baby’s diet, try blending the food in the blender. Plan your baby’s meals ahead of time. Remember, experimenting with additional ingredients can make the asparagus tastier to your baby.
Utilize Your Kitchen Appliances
Remember that blender you got as a housewarming gift a few years ago? Time to find out what you did with that. You’re about to need it!
Making your own baby food is one of the easiest and healthiest ways to get your baby to eat asparagus. Mix a few veggies in with it to create delicious recipes your baby will love. One of my personal favorite mixtures of vegetables is carrots and green beans.
When mashed together, the carrots and green beans compliment each other very well.
Remember, you don’t want your baby to get bored of the flavor… especially when it comes to healthy foods, such as asparagus. Follow these tips to help keep your baby’s interest in healthy veggies as fresh as the veggies themself!
Plan Meals Ahead of Time
Just as planning meals for you and your spouse ahead of time generally makes dinner time easier and healthier, same goes for your baby.
If you come up with a few good and creative ways of giving your baby asparagus and other healthy vegetables ahead of time, you can make note of those recipes.
Continue to use use them in your meal planning.
You can also plan ahead and then prepare! Cook and store multiple servings of baby food to put in your freezer. This will allow for easier food prep in the future and will create a backup stash for you.
Adding Additional Ingredients
If you feel like your baby might be getting too bored or tired of eating the same vegetables, make it exciting again!
Another way of giving your baby asparagus and other vegetables is by adding additional ingredients to the mixture and change up the flavor every once in a while.
Exercise caution when adding ingredients to baby food. You don’t want to run the risk of giving your baby’s stomach problems. However, adding a pinch of fresh spices such as basil or thyme can make your baby enjoy the flavor of the vegetable more and therefore get less bored of it.
Another thing you could add would be some fruits. Adding fruits such as strawberries, blueberries or even apples will give your vegetable mixture a different, sweeter flavor while also adding key nutrients to the baby food.
If you’re still concerned about giving your baby asparagus, call their pediatrician and get advice. Afterward, go on some other Internet mommy blogs to see what other parents are doing as far as introducing fruits and vegetables into their baby’s diet.
Giving your baby asparagus and other vegetables really is an important thing to do. If you start now, your child is more likely to enjoy fruits and vegetables as they grow up keeping them healthy and happy their entire life!