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September 11, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe
As adults we enjoy spinach in a variety of meals from pasta to dip! It’s easy to make, healthy and it tastes great. But why do adults get to reap all of its benefits? Let your baby get in on the fun!
Spinach is certainly a super food that can help in your baby’s growth and development. It contains a ton of vitamins such as vitamin A, C, E and K which can help with several different body functions. It also contains high amounts of calcium and magnesium which help baby’s bone development. The iron in spinach aids in hemoglobin production and the potassium aids in brain development.
When can you introduce spinach to your baby?
In general, it’s safe to wait until age 8-10 months before introducing spinach into your baby’s diet. However, always consult your pediatrician before allowing your baby to try new foods.
Here’s an easy starter recipe from AllRecipes.com
Chicken, Sweet Potato and Spinach
2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 cups packed fresh spinach leaves
1 cup cubed boneless, skinless chicken
1/2 cup breast milk
1/2 cup water
Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil; place sweet potatoes in steamer, cover, and steam until softened, about 8 minutes. Add spinach and cook until the sweet potatoes are easily mashed, about 5 minutes more.
Bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the cubed chicken and cook uncovered until no longer pink inside, about 10 minutes.
Combine chicken, sweet potatoes, spinach, breast milk, and water in the Baby Food Maker & Bottle Warmer and blend until creamy.