Superfood Baby Foods!

October 23, 2022

Superfood Baby Foods!

Hi Hamama Friends!

We all want our babies to have the best food filled with lots of essential nutrients and antioxidants. Microgreens are considered to be superfoods and they can easily be added to your baby's diet! Read on to learn some simple and delicious ways to get these nutritious greens into your baby’s food.

A question that a parent might ask is “Are microgreens safe for my baby?”

The answer is YES! There are no studies to suggest that eating these types of foods can cause any harm to your baby.¹

At Hamama, we test all our microgreen seeds for common strains like e Coli and salmonella and of course, they must pass in order to be packaged into our Seed Quilts.

Our growing process is also specifically designed so that the seeds are never soaking in water, unlike sprouts. The Seed Quilt wicks up water from below as needed instead. The coconut fiber mat allows for airflow around the roots which is the best way to combat the growth of any "bad stuff"!

Why Microgreens?

Microgreens contain a higher concentration of most of the necessary nutrients compared to mature greens or veggies. They are rich in vitamins and they provide essential nutrients for your child’s healthy development. Babies need vitamins & minerals such as Vitamin D, iron and zinc in their diet so that they can grow up to be strong & healthy (think better immune systems & strong bones)!²  

Microgreens can also be very easily incorporated into your child’s diet from purees to finger foods and eventually salads, smoothies, juices, and more!

Our 5 Favorite Microgreens to Incorporate into your baby’s diet

1. Kale

Kale is especially rich in Vitamin K. In fact, kale contains as much as 100% of a baby’s requirement per day of this essential vitamin in just 1 serving. Kale also provides a very healthy amount of vitamin C. These Vitamins are known to boost the baby’s immunity!

2. Broccoli

Broccoli is a vitamin powerhouse! This is a perfect addition to a baby’s diet as it boosts the immune system with a significant amount of minerals, antioxidants, and Vitamins A, B, and C. Broccoli is rich in sulfur, which aids in detoxification and hair / nail / joint health.

3. Wheatgrass

Fresh wheatgrass juice easily and seamlessly blends with other fruits and veggies in juices and purees. By feeding your baby wheatgrass from time to time, he/she will be benefiting from loads of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.

4. Clover

Clover microgreens are packed with calcium, iron, magnesium, fiber, folate, vitamin C and zinc. They can easily be added to savory purees for your baby. They taste similar to alfalfa sprouts which also make them the perfect crunchy-fresh garnish to sandwiches, salads and wraps when your baby starts eating more solid foods.

5. Cabbage 

Cabbage microgreens are mild-tasting and provide a huge boost of Vitamin C for a healthy and strong immune system! They are rich in other key vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids and nutrients that can help to prevent several diseases.

All of these flavors have a mild taste so they can be added to just about anything. From breakfast to dinner, you can rest assured knowing that your baby is getting the best nutrients.

You can add these to anything from fresh fruit purees like blueberry and strawberry to savory meals like avocado or bean purees. The combinations are endless so let your creativity run wild! Once your baby has evolved past purees, microgreens can be just as easily incorporated into a toddler’s diet in the form of salads, smoothies, juices or garnish!

Other zestier varieties, such as our daikon radish or salad mixes can also be incorporated into your child’s diet if they aren’t sensitive to a little spiciness. Start off with a smaller amount to see if your child enjoys the more robust flavor!

Photos and recipes courtesy of Amy from yummytodderfood.com

 

We’d love to hear the ways that you incorporate microgreens into your baby’s diet! Share your recipes with us in the comment section or tag us on social! @hamama_greens 

Sources

  1. Editor. (2021, May 13). Baby food with microgreens. About Microgreens. Retrieved August 10, 2022, from https://www.aboutmicrogreens.com/baby-food-with-microgreens/
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022, April 11). Vitamins & Minerals. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved August 10, 2022, from https://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/infantandtoddlernutrition/vitamins-minerals/index.html

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