The proper diet for adults is quite a delicate and complex issue in itself. You have to be disciplined and follow certain guiding principles if you want to lose/gain weight or just eat healthy. But when it comes to baby feeding, the subject becomes more thorny. In the first months of a newborn’s life, breast milk (or infant milk) provides all the nutrients it needs.
However, rather quickly, the needs of the infant change, and one launch out in multi-source research on the introduction of varied foods. This is when it is very likely that you will lose your mind (if it has not yet happened).
Yes, dietary diversification can be a waking nightmare for young mothers and fathers. Especially at the beginning, when you have not yet systematized in your head all the information, sometimes quite contradictory as it is.
Fortunately, there is reliable information that can make our dreaded task much easier. While we won’t cover feed introduction monthly, other relevant topics are certainly worth learning about. In the current article, we will consider which are the highest calorie foods suitable for toddlers 5-6+ months. Let’s first explore the motives behind super-nutritious baby feeding which may seem quite mysterious to parents of cute chubby babies!
Why bet on caloric baby food?
There are two main reasons parents seek high-calorie foods for their babies. The most common reason is, let’s empty our bag, the peace of mind of moms and dads. As parents, we like to feel reassured that our babies are getting lots of nutrients and calories to keep them growing. in good health. And, frankly, many baby foods are very low in calories.
The second reason for moving towards caloric baby food is that weight and/or height of your child are below the common values suggested by the curve in your pediatrician’s office or you see with your own eyes that the baby is too small. Whatever your case, the information to follow will be very useful to you. Take advantage and calm your mind once and for all!
Fruits to favor for a baby diet rich in calories
Once again, it is clarified that this article is not a monthly food diversification diagram. Without claiming to be exhaustive, it is a list of products that you have supposedly already introduced without bad reaction and that you may subsequently prefer by composing your toddler’s menu. Let’s start with fruits and vegetables which are also quite rich in vitamins and minerals.
Bananas, and ripe bananas, in particular, are among the highest calorie fruits (89 per 100 grams). The good news is that these fruits are not allergenic and are very high in potassium and magnesium. Also, the majority of children love them thanks to their natural softness and pleasant texture. Incorporating them “by force” into baby food would probably not be necessary.
You probably already know that avocados are at the top of any list of healthy foods high in “Good” fat. They contain 15 g (including 2 grams of saturated fat) and provide 160 calories per 100 g. An important advantage is that you can successfully combine them with a large number of fruits and vegetables to obtain creamy and smooth purees without adding oils or butter.
By the way, both mango and pear (60 and 57 calories per 100g respectively) blend with the taste of bananas and avocados. These delicious and fragrant fruits will add more flavor and “good” calories to everyday baby food.
Must-Have Vegetables in Your Baby’s Super Nutrient Diet
Sweet potatoes are among the champions in caloric, healthy and delicious baby food at the same time. With their 86 calories per 100 g, their high content of vitamin A, B6, and microelements, and their naturally sweet taste, they are essential products of the daily meals of your little treasures.
Do you have a weakness for tips that kill two birds with one stone? So, you will be delighted to discover that babies can easily grab and bring cooked and cubed potatoes to their mouths, which will improve their fine motor skills! The same goes for the pods of the green beans which we are about to examine below.
Impossible pulses – the puzzle of diversification
The different types of beans differ a lot in terms of calorie content but what all varieties share is their richness in beneficial nutrients which make them ideal for a balanced baby diet. Green beans, for example, contain 31 calories per 100g and lots of potassium, fiber, and vitamin A.
Mashed, combine them with broccoli, and enrich them with a knob of butter or a few drops of olive, rapeseed, or sunflower oil. Proceed in the same way by preparing low-calorie soups made from cabbage, zucchini, spinach, leeks, etc. The balance between fiber, healthy fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals is the key to success.
In the same vein, all legumes are quite generous in calories, protein of plant origin, and other beneficial substances. Remember, however, that lentils, chickpeas, and especially white beans can cause excessive gas.
It is therefore advisable to postpone their introduction into the usual baby food until later, especially in the event of digestive system disorders. To reduce gas to a minimum, soak the pulses well, replace the water and skim during preparation.
Cereals as caloric and healthy baby diet
Grains are another must-have food group for babies and children. Keep in mind that as a general rule, you start with the gluten-free ones and then incorporate the glutinous seeds. At some point in the future, usually after the age of 2, suits can be offered. Of course, in the case of chronic constipation, the baby’s diet can be diversified from whole grains at an early stage.
Either way, these types of questions should be discussed with a pediatrician or infant nutrition specialist and not in forums and blogs. In the photo above, you can admire a great idea for a healthy, delicious, and high-calorie baby puree made from quinoa and sweet potato.
Yogurt is the unique dairy product to include from an early age (6 or older)
Finally, look at other super-nutritious food groups, such as dairy products and different meats. Please also explore must-have ingredients, original must-haves, and mouth-watering presentations in the following photo gallery! Your baby will say “Thank you!” for having included them in his menu!
Several minced types of meat can diversify the baby’s diet and enrich it with proteins
Minced meat, tomato sauce, and spaghetti squash for a fake bolognese suitable for children!
Offer it in the form of purees for babies who are not yet consuming solid foods
Mashed white fish, leeks, and carrots for a rich and balanced baby diet
Fish rich in good fats and proteins can be served as a gratin in individual portions
Several foods can be prepared in advance and frozen in portions in ice cube trays