Homemade Sweet Potato for Baby: Healthy Habits Start Young

Homemade Sweet Potato for Baby: Healthy Habits Start Young

Sweet potato for baby food is an excellent starter vegetable when introducing your infant to solids. However it is important to remember that this is going to be a brand new experience for both of you. Homemade baby food is much healthier and less expensive than the processed and jarred varieties that you can buy in the store. There are many benefits to starting your infant out on sweet potatoes as one of your basic solid foods.

The Benefits of Homemade

It is readily available, easy to prepare, versatile, filled with vitamins, tastes good and can be frozen or stored for future meals. Sweet potatoes can be found in your local grocery store year round. You can buy one or two at a time, whatever will fit your need the best. They are easy to store once you get them home. They do not need to be refrigerated or frozen until after they have been cooked. 

The Ease of Preparing Homemade

Wash them before you cook them to remove any dirt. You can microwave them until you can stick a fork into them. You may also boil or bake them. Once cooked cut them in half and scoop out the contents leaving the skin. The skin is edible for adults but for little ones and for a smooth texture they are better left out of the blender. Blend or puree until a smooth texture is achieved. Once your child has developed teeth sweet potato can be eaten raw. 

Nutrition of Sweet Potato for Baby

Sweet potato for baby is very versatile as a first solid food. You may want to add a little breast milk to make the texture smooth and rich; the sweet taste is appealing for the little one. After they develop a taste for sweet potato you can start to add other ingredients one at a time. You might try a little broth, other fruits, or vegetables. Do not add honey to your child’s diet until they are at least one year old. 

The nutritional value that your baby will get from the sweet potato is amazing! They contain vitamin A, B, 1, B2, B3, B6 E, C beta carotene, folate, potassium, niacin, pantothenic acid, niacin, flavonoids, glycosides, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, sodium, iron and trace amounts of selenium, copper and zinc. All of these vitamins and minerals provide your child with much needed nutrients to help them develop healthy bodies and to live a healthy life

The Nutrition Action Health Letter compared 58 vegetables based on the top six nutrients (vitamin A, C, iron, copper, calcium and folate) and found that each individual sweet potato was by far the superior vegetable.  Studies also show that sweet potatoes are the least likely to have contaminates in or on them. 

As a parent we want what is healthiest and safest for our babies, why wouldn’t you want to make this nutritious vegetable for your sweet little one? Sweet potato for baby is a great way to incorporate "healthy" in your child’s diet plan, but also to teach them healthier habits. Of course, including this in our adult diet plan is healthy also. It can be made into soups, casseroles, baked, or fried, and included as a dish several times a week for anyone who wishes to start eating healthier.

 


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