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The Importance Of An Iron Rich Diet

Iron is a nutrient that's essential to your child's growth and development. Iron helps move oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body and helps muscles store and use oxygen. If your child's diet lacks iron, he or she might develop a condition called iron deficiency.

If a baby or child is low in iron, they can become tired, susceptible to infections and may even have difficulty learning.  A baby is born with a natural supply of iron which starts to run out by around six months of age.  Iron is replenished through the introduction of solids, which is why there is so much emphasis placed on giving your baby a diet rich in iron.  

Excellent iron-rich first foods to offer your baby include

  • Cooked and pureed meat (lamb, beef, venison, chicken & fish)
  • Cooked vegetables (sweet potato, broccoli, potatoes, kale, peas, silver beet & legumes).

 

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Foods to exclude from your baby's diet

It's particularly important to avoid salt, excessive sugar, wheat, nut products, honey, soft eggs & soft cheeses in your baby's diet.

Pureed fruit and vegetables are ideal first foods, it can be as simple as mashing up an avocado or banana. Or you can cook various fruit and vegetables and puree by either pushing the food through a sieve or by using a blender or food processors.  Make sure you remove all pips and fibrous material.

We obviously believe organic fruit and vegetables are the best option for your young baby and we believe that using seasonal produce is also highly beneficial (tastes better, better value, full flavour, locally sourced). Using a variety of flavours ensures your baby / toddler learns to enjoy a wide range of tastes and textures which can only be a positive thing.

The early weeks of weaning of weaning are when you should try to promote new textures and tastes.

Your 'Little Monkeys' first vegetables - a simple recipe idea.

  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1 large carrot (peeled and diced)
  • 1 potato (peeled and diced)
  • Tablespoon of peas (frozen)
  • 3 tablespoons of Water

In a medium sized pan (on a medium heat) put the olive oil in with the carrots and potatoes sauté for about 3-5 mins until soft. Add the peas and water and stir for another 3-5 mins until boiling.

Take off the heat and let simmer for 15 - 20 mins, then puree by using a sieve or by using a blender or food processor. Add additional water if you require a thinner texture.

Enjoy.

 

 

  

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