Fruits and vegetables are a key part of a balanced diet all year, but opting for produce that’s grown in-season can provide even more nutrients and vitamins. Seasonal produce is harvested at the peak of freshness, so it retains more nutrients and of course, more flavor! Adults often make the decision to eat seasonally for themselves, but including fresh fruits and veggies in your baby’s diet is just as important.
In the summer, the abundance of in-season fruits includes strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, melons, apricots, nectarines, mangos, tomatoes, and peaches. In terms of summer vegetables, think carrots, corn, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, and peppers. As a parent, it can be tricky to figure out how to incorporate these foods into your baby’s diet, but introducing healthy foods to your baby early can lead to healthier habits as your child grows.
Here are five easy ways to incorporate summer produce into your baby’s diet.
I hope this gives you some fresh and fun ideas to incorporate into your family’s diet, as early as 6 months of age. And if you’re finding it challenging to find specific fresh fruit and veggies in your area, substitute with what is available where you live, or try frozen fruit and veggies (also great when what you desire is out of season). Frozen fruit and veggies are picked when most ripe and chock full of nutrients, perfect for when you want a cold snack or smoothie mix-in.
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