It is common knowledge that Vitamin C is one of the most essential vitamins your baby needs to support adequate growth and development. Fruits and vegetables are those great sources of Vitamin C. Besides that, this vitamin is also found in breast milk and formula. When your baby reaches the age that can digest solid foods, adding the right fruits and vegetables will be a useful way to supply the baby with a proper intake of vitamin C. In this article, we provide you with useful information about Vitamin C foods for babies.
How Much Vitamin C Does My Baby Need?
Babies need supplying a daily intake of vitamin C and it is recommended that the best and safest sources of vitamin C for babies are fresh fruits and vegetables. This vitamin is water soluble and easily destroyed by heat, cooking or stewing vitamin C foods in water will eradicate it. Try steaming or serving fruits and some vegetables raw as an alternative way to cooking and stewing (you should take the age of your baby into consideration).
Fruits and Juices
Some tasty fruits are such great and abundant sources of Vitamin C foods for babies, for instance, peaches, strawberries, pineapples and cantaloupe (according to the USDA). There are also many other sources of Vitamin C; recommended juices can be raw orange juice, pineapple-grapefruit juice, cranberry juice, pink grapefruit juice and pineapple-orange juice. Try making a delicious vitamin C-rich fruit puree with fresh fruits and juice. Or, you can chop fresh fruits into small pieces then feed your baby. The older the baby growth, the more foods he will consume; firstly, you can give him some spoons of fruit puree. Gradually introduce these foods, while still providing most nutrition in the form of breast milk or formula.
Another excellent source of Vitamin C foods for babies is vegetables. According to the USDA, vegetables that are rich in vitamin C include sweet red peppers, sweet green peppers, broccoli, peas, cauliflower, and kale. You can quickly steam them vegetables and then puree with a little-boiled water. Let’s cool it down before serving; with the leftovers, you can store in the freezer in small plastic containers. You can definitely add fruits or cooked pasta to make more nutritious food for your solids eater.