A healthy diet is important for a baby’s growth, as what they eat affects focus and cognitive skills.
Below are some recommended types of food for your baby to boost their brain power.
Fatty and oily fish, such as salmon, tuna, and sardines, are good sources of vitamin D and Omega 3. These protect the brain and help boost memory function. It’s recommended to give children 1-2 servings of fish per week, starting at the age of two, with salmon being one of the top choices.
For your weaning baby, you can simply boil the salmon, and make it into a puree or even just crumble it into small pieces for your child to eat on their own.
You can also try serving small pieces of sardine mixed with scrambled egg to make the texture a little bit more interesting.
Egg is rich in choline, and this helps the brain process and store memories. In fact, just one large egg contains 147 mg! Not only does it help with brain processing, it also helps create acetylcholine, which helps with mood and muscle control.
Traditionally, parents have been advised not to introduce eggs until a year of age, to prevent allergic reactions.
However, study suggests that eggs are now generally okay to introduce as a safe early and healthy food for babies.
In fact, it’s better to start once they’re beginning to eat solid foods. But of course, if your family has a history of allergic reaction to eggs, or severe eczema, it’s better to seek a professional opinion from your pediatrician.
You can serve it as mashed boiled egg, or spread it over a toast stick, which is a toasted bread that’s cut into the size of roughly two fingers so your young one can munch it easily.
After a night of fasting, breakfast is in fact, still the most important meal of the day. This is especially true for the developing brain of a child.
However, it depends on the kind of breakfast kids eat and the type of glucose children are consuming is important.
When sweet cereals are being consumed, it causes sudden sugar spikes, and thus crashes too.
In saying this, oatmeal is a more sustainable source of glucose. They’re also rich in vitamins and minerals, like vitamin K, protein, iron, phosphorus, sodium, thiamin, niacin, and folate.
Nuts and seeds
This type of baby food is a great source of nutrients such as protein, fiber, vitamin E, selenium, and more. They’re also high in monounsaturated fats, which can be found in nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts, and pecans. Some types are also rich in omega 3 fats, such as walnuts.
Keep in mind, though, that nuts must only be introduced in the form of pastes to prevent choking. You should also consult your pediatrician to check if they have any allergic reactions to nuts.
However, similar to eggs, early introduction of nuts is generally okay as long as your baby has no eczema or history of allergic reaction to nuts.
You can begin introducing it to them by using peanut butter -- spread it thin to a cracker, a small slice of toast, a slice of banana. You can even stir it into their oatmeal!
Green vegetables are definitely beneficial for us adults, but did you know they’re especially good for babies? It's because they’re rich in a specific brain-boosting nutrient called lutein, which is responsible for both eye and brain health.
Vegetables that contain lutein are the green leafy ones such as kale, spinach, and turnip green. They’re also rich in antioxidants, such as folate, that prevents dementia in old age. (Prevention starts from young, after all!)
To introduce these as baby food, you can try steaming broccoli, then make it into a puree. You can simply offer it as finger food (small pieces of course). They can also be mixed with other foods to add more flavour and nutrients, such as avocado or mashed potatoes.