Root veggies, such as carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes, rutabagas, turnips, and squash are naturally sweet and have a rich, creamy texture that babies love. They are an ideal weaning food because of their sweet, delicate flavour and smooth texture when pureed, and are a great source of essential nutrients and vitamins.
Carrots, one of the most common first foods for babies, are rich in beta-carotene (vitamin A) and have a mild, sweet flavour that can be enhanced by spices such as ginger, cumin, and cinnamon.
Butternut squash is easily digested, has a very mild flavour, and rarely causes allergic reactions. It also provides an excellent source of beta-carotene.
Parsnips are a starchy vegetable (a cross between carrots and potatoes) rich in vitamins C and E, and are a great source of dietary fibre.
Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin B6, and a great source of magnesium, potassium, and vitamins C and D. Like most root veggies, they are an excellent source of beta-carotene.
Turnips are very low calorie root vegetables; they contain only 28 calories per 100 grams. However, they are a very good source of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and dietary fibre.
Have you tried incorporating root vegetables into your autumn-inspired meals?
Here are some hearty, healthy recipes to try that baby and the entire family will love!
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