The nutritional value of sweet potatoes and their nutty/sweet flavour make them great as one of baby’s first foods – from about 6 months of age. They are fibre-rich, so will aid baby’s developing digestive system.
Sweet potatoes come in several varieties, including a light-fleshed, brown-skinned variety that is similar to a white potato. In some countries the red-skinned, orange-fleshed variety of sweet potato is often confused with yam – a completely different plant.
Sweet potato is good for baby (and you):
Sweet potato provides some of the highest levels of Vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, folate, and copper of any vegetable. They are also high in beta carotene, vitamin E, fibre, and potassium… good health in a package!
Hints on buying and storing:
- Look for medium-sized sweet potatoes that are undamaged and have no soft spots.
- Choose ones that look fresh, rather than dull or shrivelled.
- At home, keep in a cool, dark place for up to 2 weeks.
- Do not store sweet potatoes in a refrigerator.
Tips on cooking:
- Baking in the oven will bring out natural sweet flavour and retain the most nutrients.
- Bake in the skin, then scoop out the flesh when cool enough to handle.
- Alternatively, peel, dice, then steam.
Ideas for ways of including sweet potato in your baby’s meals:
- Add pureed sweet potato to homemade baby cereal – oatmeal (porridge), rice, barley.
- Combine with pureed fruit – apple, peach, or pear.
- Mix with pureed pumpkin, green beans, peas, carrot, parsnip or courgette (zucchini).
- Add to cooked quinoa, lentils, brown rice.
- Include in chicken, pork or beef dishes.
- Blend into plain yogurt.
Please remember: Always consult your baby’s paediatrician or doctor about introducing new foods.
This information presented to you acts as a guide which contains researched information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional.
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