Superfoods for Babies: 9-12 Months

Cheese and Carbs; Recipe

Swiss cheese has a slightly sweet taste that appeals to babies. Cheese is a good source of concentrated calories, protein, and calcium.

Eggs are packed with goodness. Remember, they contain all the nutrients needed to support a chick. Eggs provide an excellent source of protein, zinc, and vitamins A, D, E, and B12. Don't worry about their high cholesterol -- in the long run, it has very little effect compared to things like obesity and smoking.

Couscous is made from semolina wheat and is popular in Middle Eastern cuisine. You can find it in most supermarkets next to the rice section. It's fairly high in minerals and vitamins, and has a mild taste and wonderful soft texture. It is also very quick and easy to prepare.

Pasta is a great energy food, packed full of carbohydrates, which are broken down to supply all the cells in our bodies with fuel. Sixty percent of the adult diet should be carbohydrates, and introducing starchy-type foods early on is a good idea.

Recipe: Tiny Pasta with Swiss Cheese, Spinach, and Corn

Spinach has quite a strong taste on its own but blends well with a cheese sauce, and the corn adds a slightly sweet taste that babies like. You can choose any tiny pasta shape, but I particularly like orzo, which is a pasta that looks like grains of rice.

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons orzo or other small pasta shape
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 cup your baby's usual milk
1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese

Directions:
Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package. Melt the butter, stir in the flour, and cook for 30 seconds. Gradually whisk in the milk to make a smooth white sauce. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese until melted. If using fresh spinach, carefully wash it and put in a saucepan, sprinkle with a little water, and cook until tender (about 3 minutes). Squeeze out all the water. Combine the spinach (fresh or frozen) with the cheese sauce and puree in a food mill. Stir the cooked pasta and corn into the spinach and cheese sauce.

Originally published on AmericanBaby.com, October 2006.

All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

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