Welcome to my fifth edition of my Nutrient Dense Baby Foods series for Homemade Mommy! Last week I discussed introducing cod liver oil to your baby’s diet. This week I am discussing Weston A. Price Foundation’s recommendations for bananas as one of your baby’s first foods. If you were at all hesitant about your ability to make your own baby food, bananas should cure you of that! Talk about easy!!
Why should you feed your baby bananas?
- Calcium Absorption. Bananas contain fructooligosaccharides (which encourage probiotics). This allows them to enhance the body’s ability to absorb calcium.
- Digestion. Bananas contain pectin, a soluble fiber, which helps prevent constipation. They also contains amylase enzymes to digest carbohydrates. (source).
- Nutrient Dense. Fresh banana is a very rich source of potassium. 100 g fruit provides 358 mg potassium. They provide adequate levels of minerals like copper, magnesium, and manganese. Bananas are a moderate source of vitamin-C (about 8.7 mg per 100g). They are also very good source of vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), provides about 28% of daily-recommended allowance.
What can you do with bananas besides mash them?
1. When your baby is around 8 months and older you can make them a banana smoothie!
2. When your baby is over a year old and has the ability to chew harder foods, you can make him or her homemade banana chips!
Just for fun….check out these cool banana tools!
Next week I’ll begin explaining how you can save time and money and still make healthy, nutrient dense baby food!
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