Broccoli contains the highest amount of iron from all vegetables and can be introduced in the baby's diversified menu between 8 and 10 months. It is a food that is introduced with caution and attention in the feeding of the baby, because of the unpleasant digestive reactions that it causes - abdominal cramps, bloating etc. - but also the high content of cellulose, which is difficult to digest.
What vitamins and minerals contains?
Although it is a tolerated food more difficult at a young age, after applying the 4-day rule in introducing a new solid food in the child's menu and you found that it did not show unpleasant reactions, integrate it into the recipes from his daily menu. It is considered to be one of the vegetables with the most valuable nutritional content:
How do you choose it for shopping?
If you want your baby to benefit from all the valuable nutrients in broccoli, it is important to pay attention to its appearance and texture when you buy it. From the first moment it enters the alteration process, its nutritional content decreases, and the food no longer has the same benefits in the growth and development of the child:
• make sure the shade of the vegetable is a very dark green, intense, without yellow spots or a light green;
• opt for medium-sized bunches - with a "crown" rich in small and very thick florets;
• choose broccoli with a hard, hard texture that does not have soft areas to touch.
At what tables do you introduce it?
Broccoli can be successfully introduced to the baby's preparations for lunch or dinner, that is, within the tables of vegetables and meat. As it grows, the vegetable may also be served as a snack between fingers (finger food), but only under your careful supervision, to prevent the risk of drowning with food.
How do you prepare and serve it?
Although it can be eaten raw in salads, it is advisable that the broccoli be boiled or steamed before being served to the baby. The better it is cooked, the better it is digested and the indigestible effects are avoided. It is served to the child in the form of purees or souls. All parts of the vegetable are edible and can be consumed safely by the child.
What other foods can you associate with it?
Broccoli can be easily combined and combined with many other food categories. Until the age of 1 year, it is advisable to cook it only next to cereals or certain vegetables such as: carrots, pumpkins, pickles, cauliflower, potatoes etc. Since it has a strong taste and not very pleasant, it is advisable to add it in smaller quantities in food compared to other vegetables, so that its aroma is not predominant, and the child makes nostrils at the table.
At what age did you give your child the first taste of broccoli? How did you manage to sneak it into the menu so as not to deny it because of the unpleasant taste or smell? Tell us your suggestions in the comments section below!
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