Oh beetroot how I love you so! There is just something so glorious about cutting open a fresh beetroot and seeing it for all its glory. Bright, purplely reds all bleeding into each other. It looks healthy and when cooked right it can taste so sweet and delicious.
Beetroot really is one of natures super foods. There are websites solely dedicated to the amazing qualities this rooty vegetable has. Beetroot is literally packed with minerals and vitamins and especially iron which little weaning babies need. Interestingly enough there are ample studies to show that kids in Ireland do not eat enough iron. So eat your beets kids!
Most homes at one stage have had jars of pickled beetroot but if this is the only way you have ever tasted it then the challenge is on to try beetroot in a whole new way. Simply scrub the skin to remove any dirt and impurities, then chop into little chunks then place into a baking tray and drizzle with some coconut oil. Cover with tin foil and bake at 190ºC for about 1hr or until they are soft. They are so good and make great additions to smoothies, salads and kids lunchboxes. You can also eat the leaves too and they taste yummy in a salad!
My second favourite vegetable is kale! I buy two bags of organically grown kale each week and every day use it in smoothies or salads. Its so deliciously nutty and is a great addition to your little ones diet as it is incredibly nutritious.
Eggs are also a wonderful food for babies and can be eaten from 6 months providing there are no egg allergies in your family. These little tarts are so easy to make and can be eaten warm or cold. If your vegan or egg free, substitute with some silken tofu and add a few teaspoons of nutritional yeast. Bake in the same way and it sets just like egg! Magic!
I would love to hear what you think of these and please share your photos as it really makes my day 🙂
Aileen and Oscar xoxo