Beetroot is a bright red, sweet vegetable that is packed with nutrients. It's high in fiber, Vitamin C & calcium, which are vital for baby's development and preventing anemia in babies and toddlers.
WHEN CAN I INTRODUCE BEETROOT TO MY BABY?
Beetroot can be given to babies from 6 months after introducing a few vegetables, fruits, rice, etc. Wash, peel the skin, and steam the Beetroot for baby food. You can also peel the skin off from Beetroot after cooking them. But make sure to peel the skin of Beetroot as it is not easily digestible for babies.
Start with plain beetroot puree when you introduce Beetroot to your baby. Start with 1-2 tsp and increase the quantity slowly if your baby is having no tummy troubles or allergies. Don't panic if you see red color in your baby's poop after introducing Beetroot; it's completely normal.
HOW TO SELECT AND STORE BEETROOT FOR BABY FOOD
Choose fresh beetroots that are tender, small or medium in size with unblemished skin and no cracks. Big sized Beetroot doesn't taste good and less flavor, so better avoid buying them.
Store the Beetroot in the refrigerator after buying them and consume them within a week from buying.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF BEETROOT FOR BABIES AND TODDLERS Beetroots are high in Vitamin C and potassium, which can help to build the baby's immune system. Iron content in Beetroot prevents anemia in babies and kids. Beetroots are high in fiber, which is good for digestive health and treats constipation in babies. Carotenoids content in beetroot help in hair nourishment and growth. Beetroot aids in improving blood circulation in the brain, and body, which encourages healthy brain function in babies.
I have include the 6th month baby food chart, refer to it to know what foods can be given to baby in 6th month.
6th month baby food chart
Sterilize the bowls and spoons used for feeding your baby in a vessel with hot water for five minutes and keep it immersed in the same vessel until use.
LETS SEE HOW TO PREPARE:
Course : Baby/Toddler food
Cuisine : Indian
Prep time : 5 minutes
Process time : 10 minutes
Total time : 15 minutes
Beetroot - 2
Water- 1/2 glass
Take beetroot and wash them, peel the skin.
Chop them into small pieces.
Add the chopped beetroot into bowl ,add 1/2 glass of water and start to cook. If need you can pressure cook them for 3 whistle to cook faster.
Check if the beetroots are cooked well, allow them to cool down.
Transfer them into mixer jar and grind them into smooth.
Transfer them to a serving bowl.
keep in mind:
Salt or sugar is not advisable for babies under one year.
No cow's milk below 1 year.
You can add this puree to any of the porridge, as a sweetener.
You can add even mothers milk or formula milk and grind the puree.
You can feed them as breakfast in 6th month onwards.
If you don't have time to steam, even you can boil them and grind them, don't discard the boiled water you can feed to baby.
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