Celery, as well as carrots, whites or pickles, is one of the most fragrant and tasty vegetables that the baby can consume since the first months of diversification. As aromatic as it is, it has so many benefits for its growth and health. However, unlike other "starter" vegetables, celery raises some risk of allergies and has a pretentious, hard-digestible texture, because you have to be careful in how you serve it to your little one!
Find out the exact age at which celery should be introduced to the baby's solid nutrition, which vitamins and essential minerals it contains, but also at which meals during the day it fits best! Do not forget the appropriate methods of preparation and serving or the list of delicious recipes we propose as an inspiration!
When is it fed?
Although many pediatricians recommend celery as being appropriate for the age of 6-8 months, there are numerous doctors who advise parents to postpone its inclusion in the menu until after 8 months. The reasons are those that have an atrocious texture and difficult to digest, which is often rejected by babies because of the intense taste and also presents risk of allergies.
With all the disadvantages that lie behind, it is not wrong to try to introduce it in the little boy's menu in small quantities, starting with 6 months and carefully monitoring his reactions, both in terms of taste and possible allergies. If it seems to tolerate it well and not run from the nose to its aroma, you can keep it in the weekly menu, but not every day, and only in very small quantities.
After the age of 8 months, when the baby's body and digestive system mature, celery will become a constant presence in its preparations.
What vitamins and minerals contains?
Celery is considered one of the healthiest and most nutritious foods, incorporating in its composition numerous nutrients essential for growth and development. It contains essential amino acids, but also high fiber concentrations important for digestion.
Among the most important vitamins and minerals that help the baby to be energetic, strong and healthy, are:
Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6;
The whole complex of nutrients from celery works simultaneously to stimulate the growth and development of the baby. Among the main health benefits of this vegetable are:
• vision protection and prophylaxis of eye disorders;
• prevention of colon, gastric cancer, etc .;
• fighting heart disease (lowering "bad" cholesterol in the blood, fighting high blood pressure);
• regulating digestion and preventing constipation;
• improvement of kidney functions;
• relieving pain and reducing inflammation in the body;
• energizing the body and strengthening the immune system, etc.
How do you choose the right celery?
The criteria for selecting a good consumption celery are about the same as for carrots, beets or pickles. Since celery consumes both the stalk, the leaves and the root, it is important to carefully watch how its appearance is presented on the stand, when you want to buy it:
• it must have a fresh, lively appearance - the leaves should be green and freshly harvested, not faded; the stem has a dark green color, and the root white-brown;
• do not opt for a bulky celery, because it is more attractive and you can be bitter; choose only medium or small variants, much tastier and with a less fibrous texture;
• always buy celery with all the stems and leaves, even if you plan to use only the root part; they provide sap and the necessary nutrients to the root, for more time from the time of harvest;
• make sure that the root is not stained, scratched or very dark in color, in which case it may be harvested for a long time and the alteration process has already begun;
• buy only celery that smells strong, from a distance.
The specialists have classified celery in the category of foods heavily contaminated with pesticides, so you should not be surprised if your doctor suggests you to orient yourself towards bio or organic assortments. It's not just a fad or a fad, but an effective way to protect the baby's health from the serious effects of pesticide poisoning and other chemicals.
What tables do you introduce?
At the beginning of the introduction of solid foods in the baby's menu, celery makes its place at the lunch tables, around 12: 00-13: 00. After the age of 1 year and later, in childhood, the vegetable can be served as an afternoon snack and will also be introduced among the preparations served at dinner.
How do you prepare and serve it?
Although celery can also be consumed in a raw state, in which case it is even healthier, at the beginning of the diversification it must be thermally prepared, steamed, baked or boiled.
It is most often introduced into vegetable soups served to the little one, as they lessen the taste. But if it does not seem to make molds to its intense aroma, it can be introduced into the vegetable puree.
After getting used to its taste and aroma, you can strain it, in small quantities, and into vegetable juices. As the teeth grows and grows, the child will be able to serve celery and in a natural state, thermally prepared, as a finger food.
What other foods can you associate with it?
Celery combines very well with vegetables with a similar texture: carrot, whites, pickles and more. In general, it is very well associated with the vegetables commonly used in soups - pumpkin, pepper, parsley, potato, tomatoes, enhancing their taste and giving them a special aroma.
Baby celery recipes
Mashed potatoes with chicken and celery or gooseberries
At what age did you make the baby aware of the taste of celery and what preparations do you use to sneak it into his menu? Tell us your recipe tips and recommendations in the comment section below!
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