"Superfoods" are actually super GOOD for your little people too!! Don’t be scared of using these in your babies and kids recipes… Below is a guide on age and benefit of the ever popular super foods!!! Enjoy!!
SUPER FOODS - AGE CHART AND BENEFITS
(Remember to always check with your health care professional if you are unsure).
Cacao Powder - 12 months +
Cacao powder is a fantastic, nutritious addition to any smoothie or energy bar/bliss ball. It is full of antioxidants, high bean in its natural state and hasn’t been heated. Cacao has more antioxidant flavonoids than any other food that has been tested. This superfood has huge amounts of minerals such as calcium, and magnesium. Raw cacao is much better that cocoa as it has not been heated, therefore maintaining all of its antioxidants!
Bee Pollen - 12 months +
Did you know that Bee pollen is actually a complete food, it contains more amino acids than beef and eggs. (equiv weight) These amino acids are in their active forms and ready to be used as building blocks in the body. Always be sure there are no known allergies before introducing this, and always slowly for the first time… don’t be scared, this is one of natures’ SUPER super super foods… Add to smoothies or sprinkle on porridge.. yumm!!
Coconut water - 6 months +
Coconut water is the purest liquid next to water. It is fantastic for rehydration and is isotonic, which means that it can easily be used in the body’s cells to replenish electrolytes quickly. It contains potassium, magnesium and other essential vitamins and minerals, helping to keep our bodies hydrated and nutritionally balanced.
Tahini - 6 months +
Tahini is one of the richest sources of calcium, just one 35g serve contains 35% of your recommended daily calcium intake. It contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B15. Tahini is rich in minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and iron.
Chia Seeds - 8 months +
Chia Seeds are fantastic for little kids. They are high in fibre, omegas, calcium, protein and antioxidants. Chia seeds have a neutral flavour and can be added to just about anything. Did you know that by adding two table spoons can give you 4 grams of protein, 7 grams of fibre, 5 grams of omega-3 and around 205 milligrams of calcium.
Goji Beries – 10 months +
Goji berries are loaded with the goods and are known as a nutritional powerhouse. With lots of vitamin C and packed with essential amino acids, and have more protein that any fruit. Goji berries have around 20 trace minerals and are very high in fibre. These little red berries have 15 times the amount of iron than spinach, also calcium, zinc, selenium and other important essential minerals.
Flaxseeds - 7 months +
Freshly ground flaxseeds are high in the B vitamins, manganese and magnesium. A great soure of omegas and soluble fibre. Flaxseeds are a great addition to smoothies, cereal blends, sprinkled on yoghurt or in baked goods.
Spirulina - 7 months +
Spirulina contains rich protein, vitamin B12, iron, potassium, magnesium, sodium and calcium, a fantastic natural multivitamin for the whole family.
Nutritional yeast - 7 months +
High in B vitamins and not to be confused with bakers yeast and brewers yeast. It is high in B12 and has a great cheesy flavour. Nutritional yeast has around 18 different amino acids, protein, folic acid and biotin. Nutritional yeast is high in 15 minerals such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and chromium.
Hemp Seeds - 8 months +
Did you know that hemp seeds contain all 10 essential amino acids. Just 3 tablespoons contain 11 grams of protein. A natural anti-inflammatory and has a beneficial fat called GLA (Gamma Linoleic Acid) which is used as a building block for positive anti-inflammatory hormones. It has been shown to be beneficial for conditions like arthritis, allergies and eczema.
Acai Berry - 12 months +
A berry rich in antioxidants, containing a variety of amino acids, dietary fibre, healthy fats which is fantastic for skin, energy production and digestive health.
Buckwheat - 6 months +
A low GI grain that is gluten free, containing a fantastic source of dietary fibre, magnesium, B vitamins and protein. Did you know that Buckwheat has more protein than rice, millet and wheat? A great grain to add into your little ones diet. You can use it as flour, the whole grain or a cereal blend for the little kids.
Kelp - 11 months +
Kelp contains B vitamins which help to make cellular energy and assists the metabolism. Huge source of natural Iodine for brain growth and development and thyroid health, and kelp also contains a rich source of vitamin C and E, which are strong antioxidants that promote healthy blood vessel health. Kelp is high in magnesium, calcium and boron which are essential for healthy bone growth and development. Homemade sushi, used as “sandwich” wraps, in soups or even kelp powder can be added to dishes.
Kale - 6 months +
Kale is a fantastic super food and is very on trend at the moment. It is nutrient dense, full of fibre, phytonutrients, antioxidants, iron, vitamin C – you name it. You can dehydrate to make kale chips for the kids, blend into smoothies, or even make your own kale powder (check out my Instagram for tips). Kale can be enjoyed from 6 months on, and is a fantastic addition to your little bubs diet. I always recommend organic where possible, as sadly due to the high demand of kale of late, farmers are spraying like crazy to keep the bugs away. Sad but true, organic where possible.
Enjoy your superfoods with the kids; add them to smoothies, porridge, soups, salads and juices and share in the goodness that nature has to offer as there are just so many benefits to a lot of these foods! If you have any questions about any of this content, feel free to email me or give me a call!