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A Colour-Coded Guide To Feeding Baby Whole Foods

Posted in 12+ Months, 12+ Months Development, 12+ Months Nutrition, Introducing Flavour, Mum and Baby, Nutritional Information, Toddler Snacks

When it comes to feeding your baby whole foods, there's no simpler way to ensure your little one gets all the goodies they need than by choosing a variety of colourful fruits and vegetables for their meals and snacks. We explain why you need to make a rainbow not only on their plate but yours too.

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Red: These foods are often a good source of vitamin C for healthy growth and development and get their vibrant colour from the pigment known as lycopene, a carotenoid antioxidant.

Tomatoes
Watermelon
Capsicum
Pink grapefruit
Guava

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Purple/Blue: Often given super food status due their richness in plant compounds like the flavonoid anthocyanin, these foods can be great for vitamin C, folate, potassium and vitamin K.

Blueberries
Blackberries
Eggplants
Purple carrots
Purple cabbage

Fresh green broccoli

Green Cruciferous: This green group is one that little ones often pull their noses up at. But started early you can convert the troupes. These foods are often good sources of fibre for healthy digestive systems and vitamin C and folate for healthy growth and development.

Brussels sprouts
Broccoli
Savoy cabbage
Kale

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Orange: Beta-carotene is the plant pigment with antioxidant actions responsible for the brilliant colour of these foods. The body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A, which is necessary for normal vision and contributes to growth and development.

Pumpkin
Carrots
Mango
Sweet potato
Mandarin
Oranges
Rockmelon
Paw paw
Papaya
Apricots

Fresh banana

White: These foods can easily hold their own nutritionally against foods of other colours, particularly the onions, which are rich in the antioxidant flavonoid known as quercetin. Foods in this group may provide fibre and vitamin C and the minerals potassium and manganese.

Cauliflower
Potatoes
Garlic
Parsnip
Onions
Bananas

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Mix it up with cooking styles, roasting fruit or veg brings out the richness of flavours that’s not seen with steamed or stewed versions. And remember the more variety your bub sees and tastes on their plate in early years, the more likely it is that they will be happy confident eaters as they grow.

Looking for more little foodie tips? Check out our guides on how to raise a veggie lover and how to be prepared for your baby's first foods.

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About the Author: Rafferty’s Garden is a brand brought to life by our love of good food and by our belief in ensuring Australian babies get an amazing start to their food journey. .

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