As the parent of a newborn, there are few things more rewarding than watching your little bundle of joy grow before your eyes. The rolls start to form, the babbling begins, and your heart swells with every new development.
To support this growth, babies require a high fat diet during infancy. In fact, the Academy of Pediatrics says babies should get approximately half their calories from fat. While you’re exclusively offering breastmilk and formula you’re covered, but once you start introducing solids, it’s important to make sure you’re providing the right baby food packed with all the essential nutrients.
Fat is a nutrient that’s not only key to plumping up your kiddos, but it’s foundational for their cognitive development. It also helps fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E, and K) to be absorbed.
So, what ingredients are rich in fat and commonly present in baby food? And why are they so great?
Avocado contains oleic acid, the heart-healthy monounsaturated fat that supports growth and brain development. Avocados are also a good source of fiber and folate (vitamin B9).
Taste it in: Apple, Banana, Spinach & Avocado
2. Coconut Milk
As an ingredient in solids, coconut milk can provide a good source of fat, which helps aid brain development. It contains, specifically lauric acid, which is present in breastmilk.
Taste it in: Strawberry, Squash, Coconut & Vanilla
3. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
EVOO contains omega-6 fatty acids, which support heart health and cognitive development. Additionally, EVOO contains vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant.
Taste it in: Butternut Squash, Kale & Quinoa
Flaxseed contains alpha-linoleic acid, an omega-3-fatty acid. It’s also packed with protein and other nutrients, including B-vitamins, copper, iron, selenium, and zinc.
Taste it in: Pineapple, Banana & Kale
5. Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds also have high levels of alpha-linoleic acid and are rich in protein. They contain soluble and insoluble fiber, vitamins A and B6, and zinc.
Taste them in: Advanced Nutrition Power Bowl
6. Pumpkin Seeds
Packed with protein, pumpkin seeds are rich in—you guessed it—alpha-linoleic acid, as well as zinc.
Taste them in: Advanced Nutrition Ancient Grains & Greens
Your little one is growing every day. The fuel you provide is what’s helping them become stronger and smarter, so be mindful of the foods (and fats) they eat.