Pumpkin is one of the foods that most care about the health of the baby's eyes, due to the increased beta-carotene content. But remarkable medicinal properties also has on the digestive system, brain or bones. Introduce the pumpkin in the child's menu from the first moments of diversification, in recipes and preparations appropriate to his age!
When is pumpkin introduced to food?
The pumpkin can be introduced in the baby's menu between 4 and 6 months, depending on when the pediatrician recommends you start the diversification. Because it is healthy, has a fine texture, a pleasant taste and presents minimal risks of allergies, the pumpkin can become even the first solid food you offer to the child.
The seeds of this fruit will also make their place in the child's menu, but only after the age of 1 year, as they have a higher allergenic risk and are slightly harder to digest than the pulp.
What vitamins and minerals contains?
The orange color of the chestnut betrays the increased content of beta-carotene (a derivative of vitamin A), but the creamy pulp is also rich in proteins, healthy fats, but especially vitamins and minerals with an essential role in the development and growth of the child:
- Vitamin A;
- Vitamins B3 and B9 (folic acid);
- C vitamin;
- Vitamin K.
The benefits of pumpkin on baby's health are amazing:
- prevents and treats the most common digestive disorders (gastritis, ulcer, constipation, etc.);
- eliminates intestinal worms;
- combats diabetes by regulating blood sugar levels;
- strengthens the immune system;
- strengthens bones and stimulates growth;
- prevents cardiovascular disease;
- improves brain functions;
- relieves pain;
- relieves asthma;
- prevents insomnia.
How do you choose the right pumpkin?
Not only the color, which has to be a deep orange-yellow, it is the main clue to be guided when you buy the pumpkin. There are other criteria that help you choose a baked and tasty zest for your baby's meals:
- choose a pumpkin that has a thick and thick shell;
- the bark should not have portions that are stained, scratched or scratched;
- opt for a chest that looks hard when you hold it - when it seems too easy for its size, it is already "past" and the pulp is dehydrated.
At what tables do you introduce it?
Pumpkin is a versatile food, which can be added to the child's meal schedule both in the morning, at fruit tables and at lunch, as the main course, depending on the preparation method. As it grows, the child will be able to eat pieces of baked pumpkin and as finger foods between meals.
How do you prepare and serve it?
The pumpkin is used for the baby at the beginning of the diversification of nutrition without bark and seeds. Baking in the oven is the best way to cook the pumpkin. Although it can be cooked and boiled, the specialists claim that most nutrients are stored in the food only through baking.
In addition, this healthy method of cooking retains the tasty taste, which makes it to the liking of the baby. It must be baked until the pulp is softened and can be easily passed, with just a fork.
What other foods can you associate with it?
Pumpkin is versatile and can be combined perfectly with both fruits and other vegetables. In general, you will combine it with foods with an easily digestible texture - peach, avocado, apple, banana, carrot, whiting, celery etc.
Pumpkin combines wonderfully with other food categories, such as dairy or cereals. It can be successfully strained into the baby's milk gravy, cheese pudding or vegetable purees or cream soups. Puree and cream soups based on vegetables or fruits can be stored in the freezer, in the long term, in special bags, and served to the child whenever he feels the need to re-enter these preparations in his menu.
Pumpkin recipes for babies
After 1 year
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