Updated: Apr 15
A palette of colour for your palate!
Not only will bright, colourful fruit and veg encourage your small blessings to eat but they are extremely good for them.
They are an excellent source of dietary fiber and full of vitamins and minerals.
Orange / Yellow
Yellow apples, apricots, butternut, cantaloupe, grapefruit, pears, lemons, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, yellow peppers, gem squash, pumpkin, hubbard squash, pineapple, carrots (always blanch or cook for optimum nutritional value.
These are usually coloured by natural plant pigments called carotenoids. Beta - carotene is converted to Vitamin A, which maintains healthy eyes and mucous membranes - so mom is right when she says ' EAT YOUR CARROTS SO THAT YOU CAN SEE BETTER IN THE DARK'.
Purple grapes, raisins, blackberries, blueberries, aubergines, plums.
These are coloured by natural plant pigments called anthocyanins.
They have antioxidants, which protect cells from damage.
Bananas, garlic, ginger, onions, parsnips, potatoes, turnips and cauliflower.
These pigments known as anthoxanthins may also contain health - promoting chemicals such as allicin, which may help lower cholesterol and blood pressure and will help reduce the risk of stomach cancer and heart disease.
Avocados, green beans, green apples, artichokes, asparagus, green cabbage, cucumbers, green grapes, kiwi, green melon, green pepper, spinach, courgette, lettuce, watercress, limes and spring onion.
These are all coloured by chlorophyll, which is a natural pigment. Leafy greens are an excellent source of folate.
Suggested finger foods for babies from 6 months to a year.
Bananas - These are rather messy but good for tactile development.
A slice of toast cut into fingers
Sticks of cooked vegetables such as carrot, sweet potato or courgette
Chicken drumstick (remove the skin and long thin bone and the gristle at the top of the drum stick before giving it to your baby.
peeled and steamed apple quarters (to avoid choking, it's essential that you do not give babies raw apple).