5 FAB FOOD FOR BABY

Healthy eat­ing habits start with you, and what you choose to feed your baby. Get it right early, and you’ve set your lit­tle one up for the fu­ture, writes di­eti­cian Tammy Wol­huter

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AIM TO FEED your baby these five foods ev­ery week:

YO­GHURT

is a dairy prod­uct and is there­fore a good source of cal­cium, im­por­tant for the bone and teeth de­vel­op­ment of your grow­ing child. Yo­ghurt also pro­vides a good source of pro­tein, im­por­tant for mus­cle de­vel­op­ment as well as im­mu­nity. In ad­di­tion, yo­ghurt pro­vides a source of pro­bi­otics, which help to im­prove the “good” bac­te­ria in in­testines, aid­ing in di­ges­tion and even im­mu­nity.

FATTY FISH

such as salmon, mack­erel, her­ring, trout, sar­dines and pilchards pro­vide Omega- 3 fatty acids, which are re­quired for brain de­vel­op­ment. Rapid brain de­vel­op­ment takes place up un­til 2 years of age, where sen­sory, per­cep­tual, cog­ni­tive and mo­tor neu­ral sys­tems de­vel­op­ment oc­curs too. Omega- 3 fatty acids are also shown to im­prove symp­toms of at­ten­tion deficit dis­or­der. So make sure you pack in the re­quired two serv­ings of fatty fish each week.

OATS

is a slow- re­leas­ing car­bo­hy­drate food, which means it will help con­trol ap­petite and en­ergy lev­els. Be­ing a whole­grain, oats is high in fi­bre, par­tic­u­larly sol­u­ble (func­tional) fi­bre and helps to keep bowel move­ments reg­u­lar. Oats also pro­vides a source of other ben­e­fi­cial mi­cronu­tri­ents, such as man­ganese, se­le­nium, vi­ta­min B1 and vi­ta­min B3.

CAR­ROTS

con­tain beta carotene, which helps to im­prove night vi­sion, so tell your kids that car­rots do help them see in the dark! Car­rots also pro­vide fi­bre and are usu­ally a pop­u­lar veg­etable among kid­dies. You can pre­pare them in many dif­fer­ent ways, for ex­am­ple, puréed car­rot for your 6- month- old baby, grated car­rot salad, baby car­rots to snack on or cooked car­rot rings as part of a meal.

BA­NANAS

are na­ture’s ideal snack as they are fill­ing, tasty and con­ve­niently wrapped. It’s a nu­tri­tious fruit high in potas­sium, which is a vi­tal min­eral for mus­cle and nerve func­tion. Ba­nanas are a source of fi­bre, which helps to pre­vent con­sti­pa­tion or di­ar­rhoea. Ba­nanas can also add va­ri­ety to meals, for ex­am­ple, added to smooth­ies and sand­wiches and puréed for ba­bies or in a fruit salad. YB

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