As parents feeding their baby homemade food we are always looking for ways to make it as nutritious as possible. One way to make sure your baby is getting big time nutrients is by incorporating Chia Seeds, also known as Salba to their meals.
Chia seeds are native to South America and have been around for centuries, only recently have they become popular here in the states because of their health benefits. They are rich in nutrients and antioxidants and have lots of omega 3’s, fiber and minerals.
BENEFITS OF CHIA SEEDS
Chia seeds are compose of 60% omega 3s which makes it one of the richest plant based sources of fatty acids. Because of it’s high in fiber it helps regulate bowels which is very important for those babies because they can get constipated easily.
In just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds daily you get -
* 10 grams of fiber
* 18% of DRI for calcium
* 35% of your phosphorus
* 24% Magnesium
* 50% Manganese
* Chia seeds can also be a egg replacer. The outer layer of the seed swells with mixed with liquids to form a gel. All you need to do is mix 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water and let sit for 15 minutes.
* There is no need to ground the chia seed because you can digest it whole, unlike flaxseed and can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 years.
Baby Meals with Chia Seeds
Banana and Avocado Puree – makes 1 or 2 servings
1 banana mashed
½ avocado mashed
1 TB chia seeds
1 tea. lemon (if desired)
Blend together using an immersion blender or whatever electric type blender you have.
Carrot and Apple Puree
4 carrots steamed
2 apples peeled and steamed – you can steam the apples and carrots in the same pot, just add the apples a bit after the carrots since they do not take as long to cook.
2 TB Chia Seeds
Blend together in a immersion blender. This mixture will make more than one serving. Extras can be placed in ice cube trays and freeze for other meals.
Butternut Squash and Pear Puree
1 butternut squash roasted
3-4 ripe pears peeled and diced (no need to cook after 6 months of age)
2 TB Chia Seeds
Once butternut squash is cooked through let cool and then blend with pears and chia seeds. Place extras in ice cube trays and freeze for other meals.