Beetroot for Babies: Health Benefits, Recipes & Precautions

Giving Beetroot to Babies – A Healthy Diet Option

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Once your baby has hit the 6-month mark, it is recommended that you slowly begin to introduce her to solid foods to help her gain essential nutrients. A solid-food diet can supplement breastfeeding or formula feeding to give your baby an overall healthy diet. With its ample nutritional benefits, beetroot is an excellent choice for your baby’s first few solid-food experiences. However, consult your baby’s doctor before you can give any new food items to your baby to make sure it’s safe for her.

Is Beetroot Safe for Babies?

Like most vegetables, beetroot is safe for babies and can be introduced to your little one once she has started consuming solid foods. Packed with nutrients, beetroot is known to aid development in infants and can be easy on their palette as well. Start with small quantities and give the beets in a form that your baby will easily be able to digest.

Nutritional Value of Beetroot

Beetroot is a good source of several nutrients. A comprehensive nutritional value chart of beets is given below. 

Nutrients Nutritional Value per 100 grams
Water 86.9gm
Protein 1.95gm
Carbohydrate 6.18gm
Energy 35kcal
Iron 0.76mg
Fibre 2.8g
Phosphorous 36.3mg
Sodium 69.4mg
Calcium 16mg
Magnesium 33.2mg
Zinc 0.35mg
Thiamin 0.01mg
Niacin 0.21mg
Folate 97.3ug
Vitamin C 5.26mg
Vitamin A 0.09mg
Vitamin K 2.98ug
Vitamin E 0.09mg

When to Give Beetroot to a Baby?

Unsure about when can babies eat beets? Most paediatricians suggest that beets should be introduced to babies after 8 to 10 months. You can discuss with your baby’s doctor before you add beets to your little one’s diet. Limit the quantity of beetroot to 1 or 2 teaspoons, as it is rich in nitrates which may be hard for your baby to digest. You can cook or steam the beets as they are more beneficial than uncooked beets.

Amazing Health Benefits of Beetroot for Babies

Beets are a good source of nutrition and minerals, owing to which they offer a number of health benefits to babies.

1. Rich in Vitamins and Minerals

Beets have an abundance of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamins A, B, C, K, and E, and potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, etc. These are known to prevent and lower the risk of several diseases in kids including, diarrhoea, night blindness, beriberi, angular stomatitis, rickets, glossitis, osteomalacia, etc.

2. Lowers the Risk of Anaemia

Rich in iron content, beets will reduce your baby’s risk of anaemia. Iron promotes the production of red blood cells, provides oxygen to different parts of the body, and also aids in the development of your baby’s brain.

3. Promotes Digestion

Beets are rich in fibre and can soothe the digestive system, improve digestion, and prevent constipation in babies.

4. Boosts Immunity

Beetroot is also known for enhancing the immune system due to the antioxidants present in them. This is particularly important for babies as their immune systems are still developing.

5. Cleanses the Body

Paired with cucumber and carrot juice, beetroot juice is known to cleanse the body, especially the gallbladder and the kidneys.

Baby eating beetroot

Precautions to Take While Feeding Beetroots to Infants

Introduce beets slowly to your baby and do not give her more than 1 or 2 teaspoons before she is one year old. After that, you can increase the quantity a little, but still, keep it under a few teaspoons. Give your baby other vegetables that she will find pleasant like carrots and potatoes. Your baby may not like the earthy flavour of the beets and may take some time getting used to it.

Also, introduce only one vegetable or fruit at a time. Wait for four days to see if your baby reacts adversely to beetroot. If you notice any allergic reaction, consult a doctor immediately.

How to Cook Beets for a Baby

When you are cooking beets for your baby, the best way to prepare it is by steaming or boiling it. This makes it easier to make purees out of the beets which your baby can easily digest. Steaming also makes the Vitamin A beta-carotene bio-available, which means that your baby’s body can easily use it once it is consumed.

Get fresh medium-sized beets (as they are more tender) and rinse them thoroughly. Cut off the greens of the beets and peel them. You should always peel the beets as the skin is harder to digest, even for adults. To cook them, you will need to:

  • Boil water in the saucepan.
  • Slice the beets and add them to the water.
  • Cook them for 15 minutes or until they are tender.
  • Drain the beets and rinse them under cold water to stop the cooking process.
  • Puree them in a blender until you achieve a smooth consistency.

Simple Homemade Beetroot Recipes for Babies

Here are some simple beetroot recipes that can enhance the flavour of the vegetable for your baby.

1. Purple Potatoes

This recipe is simple and fun for both you to make and your baby to eat.

What you need:

  • 2 medium beetroots
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 potatoes
  • Water

How to make:

  • Wash all the vegetables, peel them, and cut them into slices.
  • Boil some water in a saucepan and add the sliced vegetables.
  • Cook them until they are tender.
  • Drain the water out and puree them in a blender.
  • You can add salt to taste.

2. Beetroot Soup

You can also make a delicious beetroot soup for your baby’s first beetroot experience.

What you need:

  • Beetroots- 3
  • Potato- 1
  • Onion- 1
  • Vegetable broth- 2 cups
  • Yoghurt- ¼ cup

How to make:

  • Peel and dice the beetroots and potatoes and chop the onion.
  • In a saucepan, add all the ingredients except yoghurt. Add water in the and boil it.
  • Once the veggies are cooked, drain, and puree them.
  • Add the fresh yoghurt to this puree.

Beetroot soup

3. Beetroot Puree

Beetroot puree for baby is the easiest way to introduce beets to your little one.

What you need:

  • 2 cooked beets
  • ½ small onion (or carrots)
  • A pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons homemade applesauce

How to make:

  • Chop the onion.
  • In a pan, add some oil and sauté the chopped onions.
  • Puree the beets, sauteed onions, nutmeg, along with the applesauce in the blender.

4. Apple Beetroot Porridge

This delicious apple beetroot porridge is a delicious dish for a baby.

What you need:

  • 1 beetroot
  • 1 apple
  • Ginger
  • ¼ cup oats
  • ½ cup milk

How to make:

  • Peel and grate the beets, apples, and ginger.
  • Add all the ingredients in a pan and cook them for five minutes.
  • Stir the mixture until the veggies are cooked and soft.
  • If needed, you can add more milk into the porridge to achieve a smoother texture.

5. Mashed Beetroot

The simplest way to give your baby beets is to mash it.

What you need:

  • 2 beets
  • 1 apple
  • 1 potato

How to make:

  • Peel and chop all the beetroot and potatoes.
  • Steam them until they are tender. You can add the apples at the end.
  • Once tender, mash them together, and make it into a puree.

Once your baby is ready to transition into solid foods, introducing her to any new food items like beets should be done gradually and after consultation with the doctor. Introduce only one vegetable at a time and give your baby’s body the chance to get used to it. If your baby shows any adverse reaction to any food, you must consult a doctor immediately.

Also Read: First Foods for Baby

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