The arrival of spring means many things; warmer weather, flowers blooming, and seasonal produce, such as carrots. What better time to introduce baby to carrots than during the Easter season! This crunchy, sweet power food is packed with a ton of healthy nutrients, essential for both babies and adults.
Carrots can be introduced to babies between 6-8 months of age. Their mild flavour make them an ideal, easily digested first food to give baby. Carrots are vitamin-rich root vegetables, packed with a variety of powerful nutrients such as;
- Beta-carotene helps prevent cell damage.
- Vitamin A promotes healthy skin, good eye health and vision, and helps flush toxins out of the liver.
- Alpha-carotein and lutein are associated with a lower risk of heart disease.
- Vitamin K contributes to bone strength and kidney health.
- Vitamin C boosts the immune system and helps strengthen teeth and gums.
- Fiber promotes bowel regularity and helps control blood sugar levels.
Carrots can be eaten cooked (boiled, steamed, sauteed, or roasted), raw (in oatmeal, overnight oats, and baked goods), or in smoothies or juices. Children can benefit from eating raw carrots since chewing on them helps scrape off plaque and food particles from the teeth. They can be seasoned with a variety of sweet and savoury herbs and spices, such as ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, thyme, and cumin.
Here are the top 5 carrot recipes for the family: