Pumpkin is one of the vegetables you shouldn't think too much about whether or not to include it in your baby's menu under 1 year, because it is the food with the least precautions and problems that could raise the health of the child. It has a subtle aroma, it does not present any risk of allergies or constipate the child, but it does impose some clear rules on how to select and prepare!
When is it fed?
Pumpkin can be introduced into the baby's diet from the age of 6 months, as it is well tolerated by the baby's sensitive digestive system.
What vitamins and minerals contains?
Pumpkin contains vitamins, minerals, but also other valuable nutrients for the health of the child. It is known for its high fiber content, which fights constipation, a condition commonly encountered in baby age.
Among the most important vitamins for which it is worth to introduce the pumpkin into the child's menu, are:
Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B9 (folic acid);
The minerals that abound in the composition of the pumpkin and increase the growth of the child are:
What are its health benefits?
The therapeutic and prophylactic properties of pumpkin are essential for maintaining an optimal state of health:
• prevents digestive disorders;
• improves vision and fights eye disorders;
• prevents cardiovascular disease and regulates blood pressure;
• improves brain functions;
• prevents cancer.
How do you choose the right pumpkin?
If you want the pumpkin to provide the child with the nutrients needed for growth and development, it is important to use it for cooking only when it reaches the optimum maturity and when freshly picked, so that the little one can benefit from as many nourishing substances as possible. from him. When buying baby pumpkin, keep in mind:
• have a small or medium size - even if it is tempting to buy a larger vegetable, it is not indicated, as it is "old", fibrous and has large seeds, which are not good for the baby's stomach;
• be strong and heavy - if it is soft and seems too easy when you hold it, it may be "passed" or swaddled - it is no longer good for consumption, as it no longer provides important nutrients to the body.
Otherwise, go shopping based on instinct, but also on aesthetic criteria. Opt for pumpkin with tail, plump, without stains or scratches.
At what tables do you introduce it?
In the beginning, the pumpkin is introduced in the lunch tables, from 12:00 to 13:00, along with the other vegetables recommended for this age.
How do you prepare and serve it?
At the beginning of the diversification, the pumpkin is added in soups or mashed potatoes, in combination with other vegetables with a similar texture. It is cooked in steam, boiled or baked, but with the mention that the duration of the heat preparation should not exceed more than 10-15 minutes, in order not to destroy the nutrients from it.
One of the biggest dilemmas of parents regarding how to serve pumpkin is related to seeds. Many of them are wondering whether or not to remove them before adding vegetables to the preparations. The seeds should be removed only if they come from a mature pumpkin, in which case it develops a lot and becomes difficult to digest from the stomach of the child. But if you choose a small pumpkin, the seeds do not start to develop so as to pose problems and there is no need to remove them.
What other foods can you associate with it?
Pumpkin is a versatile vegetable that makes a good home with several types of food. In the beginning, you can combine it with other vegetables with a fine texture and easily digestible - carrot, albit, celery, green beans, pepper etc.
Later, over the age of 1 year, you can add it in the meat or fish dishes, in puddings and tarts of vegetables, but also in salads, as it is very tasty and nutritious and in the raw version.
Pumpkins that remain unused or uncooked vegetable puree at a table can be stored in the freezer, in special bags and served to the child on another occasion. By freezing, the vegetable retains its nutritional properties intact.
Recipes with pumpkin for children
6-7 monthsCarrot with carrot
Carrot with carrot and rice
Mashed potatoes with pumpkin
The pumpkin stuffed
Pumpkin and red
Cucumber with pepper
Rice with pumpkin, carrot and peppers
Carrot with beef
Fish with rice and pumpkin
Potato puree and pumpkin with chicken liver
Chicken liver with potatoes and pumpkin
Rice with pumpkin, tomato and baked pepper
Rice with pumpkin and stew
Rice with pumpkin, red and chicken breast
Gray with pumpkin and spinach
Pumpkin with cream
Spinach with pumpkin
Carrots with millet and beef
After 1 year
Carrot food with me
Blow up the pumpkin
Potato meal with pumpkin
Chicken with pumpkin in the oven
Carrot food with rice
At what age did you first give pumpkin to your baby? Do you know any other ways to prepare this vegetable? Tell us your baby recipes in the comments section below!
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