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Encouraging Colorful Eating

By Stacy Lenz, CafeMom

Encouraging Colorful Eating

 

Once your pediatrician agrees that solid foods are appropriate, the key to making sure your baby is getting all the nutrients they need can be as simple as making sure you vary the color of food they’re eating. Think “taste the rainbow,” but the healthy version that bears no resemblance to the time you had a makeshift lunch of Skittles.

Different color foods offer different benefits to your baby. Red foods are high in Vitamin C and can contain anthocyanin, which is believed to reduce inflammation. Orange foods like carrots are naturally full of beta-carotene. Yellow foods also provide beta-carotene, Vitamin C and potassium. Green foods provide folic acid and Vitamin K. A good goal is to aim to feed your baby 3-4 different colors a day.

Now all you have to do is get all ROY-G-BIV with your baby! Here, we’ve provided a list of colorful and natural baby foods to get you started. (Once your baby’s highchair tray starts looking like avant garde finger painting, you know you’re moving in the right direction.)

Red

  • Beech-Nut Naturals apple
  • Beech-Nut Naturals beet, pear & pomegranate
  • Golden and red beet puree
  • Roasted carrot and cherry puree
  • Apple raspberry and vanilla bean puree

Orange

  • Beech-Nut Naturals butternut squash
  • Beech-Nut Naturals carrots
  • Pureed sweet potatoes
  • Pureed pumpkin
  • Pureed squash

Yellow

  • Beech-Nut Naturals pear
  • Beech-Nut Naturals banana
  • Pureed nectarines
  • Apple, pear and banana puree
  • Apricot, pear and coconut oil puree

Green

  • Beech-Nut Naturals sweet corn & green beans
  • Beech-Nut Naturals apple & kale
  • Pureed avocado
  • Pureed green beans
  • Pureed sweet peas

Blue

  • Beech-Nut Naturals pear & blueberries
  • Beech-Nut Naturals prunes
  • Blueberry and plum puree
  • Blueberry and banana puree
  • Blueberry, apple, spinach puree