Pepper is one of the richest sources of vitamin C, representing a powerful natural remedy against seasonal infections and diseases that affect the health of the baby, but also beta-carotene, so important for the health of the skin or the sight of the little one.
When is it fed?
Pepper is a vegetable that can be introduced into the baby's diet between 6 and 8 months, ie at the beginning of diversification. It is a solid food with minimal risk of allergies, which is why it is introduced without too much worry among the preparations of this stage of childhood.
However, as with any solid food, it is advisable to follow the baby's reactions after first entering the menu. Observe if there are signs of allergy (hives, swelling of the face, tongue, etc.) or indigestion (diarrhea, abdominal cramps, etc.). If the baby's body reacts negatively to this food, remove it from the diet, but do not scare you and do not permanently remove it from the menu.
Waiting for another period to pass and trying to re-enter it. The baby's digestive system may need more time to mature and tolerate this food.
What vitamins and minerals contains?
Pepper is a source of vitamins, minerals and many other nutrients that play an essential role in the growth and development of the child. In addition to being in the top of foods with high levels of vitamin C or beta-carotene, pepper is also recognized for its high concentrations:
vitamins from complex B, including folic acid (B9);
The nutrient concentrations in peppers vary depending on their color. Yellow and orange peppers contain more beta-carotene than green. The red one has high concentrations of lycopene, and the green one abounds in more antioxidants than any other assortment.
It is recommended that all varieties of pepper be found in balanced proportions in the baby's menu, so that his body receives generous doses of valuable nutritional substances from them.
Pepper has many benefits for the health of your baby, among the most important ones being:
• strengthening the immune system;
• prevention of heart disease;
• stimulation of slow intestinal transit and prevention of digestive disorders, especially of constipation;
• diabetes prevention;
• protecting the nervous system;
• strengthening the bones and preventing bone diseases;
• weight control and obesity control;
• improvement of skin health;
• lowering the risk of cancer;
• prevention of eye disorders.
How do you choose good peppers?
When you go to the market, in search of peppers for your baby's and your family's preparations, it is important to consider some important aspects:
• Regardless of the chosen shade (green, red, orange, yellow), it is important that the pepper has a bright, vivid and beautiful color, which will immediately attract your eyes;
• the pepper peel should be thick and glossy, not thin, soft and with a garish appearance;
• Pepper should be bought with codita, as it has the role of preventing the rapid spreading;
• The bark should not be stained, scratched or scratched.
If in the case of other vegetables, size and shape are essential in the selection process, in the case of pepper they do not have such a high importance. According to the specialists, the size of the vegetable does not influence the taste or its nutritional content.
At what tables do you introduce it?
As one of the unlimited vegetables from soups and vegetable purees, pepper is introduced in the baby's diversified menu at lunchtime, from 12:00 to 13:00. But over time, as the digestive system develops and gets used to its texture, it can also be introduced into dinner preparations.
How do you prepare and serve it?
Although it tastes delicious and is considered healthier in its natural state, the baby's stomach of 6-8 months tolerates it better thermally, boiled, baked or steamed. Until it can be introduced into salads and stews, pepper remains one of the basic ingredients in soups and vegetable creams, at the beginning of diversification.
Introduce vegetables in relatively small quantities in soups and always combined with other types of vegetables "friendly" with the stomach of the child. Preparing the pepper for the baby's preparations involves removing the stalk, seeds and washing it intensely.
As one of the vegetables exposed to pesticides, it is advisable to focus on organic or organic peppers, which are raised in environments protected by chemicals with harmful effects on the health of the child.
After the age of 1 year and at the pediatrician's recommendations, pepper may be served as a finger food or snack, in a raw state, in the form of strips. It will be a kid's favorite snack, as it has a sweet, very pleasant taste.
What other foods can you associate with it?
Pepper is an extremely versatile food, which combines very well its flavors with other assortments of vegetables suitable for the baby, such as:
• celery etc.
They can be cooked together, in the form of soups or vegetable creams, depending on the baby's preferences. At older ages, the child will be able to serve pepper in combination with cow cheese and other tasty and healthy spices.
It will successfully make its place among the preparations with meat, rice or sandwiches, but only after receiving the permission of the doctor to offer them or when it is the right age for such preparations.
Pepper recipes for children
Red and baked pepper
Cucumber with pepper
Rice with pumpkin, carrot and peppers
Rice with pumpkin, tomato and baked pepper
Spinach with peppers
After 1 year
Peppers stuffed with rice
Chicken with sour cream and baked pepper
You at what age did you first introduce pepper to your baby's diet and how did you cook it? When did you first dare to serve it raw and what are your baby's favorite preparations? What secrets do you have for changing its menu? Tell us your opinions and recommendations in the comments section below!
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