Asparagus Baby Food: How To Make And Its Benefits

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If you have been looking for food options to include in your infant’s weaning diet, you may consider veggies like asparagus for babies. This spring vegetable has amazing nutritional value and can be given as simple finger food in snack time for your baby. Wondering about the right age and ways to introduce asparagus to your little one? Reading this post could help you figure out some interesting recipes with asparagus and ways to include this nutrient-rich vegetable in an age-appropriate manner.

When Can You Introduce Asparagus To Your Baby?

Asparagus baby food is a very healthy vegetable that you can start feeding your baby once the initial weaning stage is over. It is a rich source of vitamin C, B vitamins, fiber, and even folic acid. All of these are very important for your baby’s overall health, growth and development.

If you are planning to introduce asparagus as a first food or vegetable to your baby, it may not be a good choice. Just like cauliflower and broccoli, asparagus can also cause flatulence. As your baby’s tummy is still quite delicate, he can find it difficult to digest asparagus just yet. Gas can lead to colic, which will make your baby uncomfortable and cranky.

The best time to introduce asparagus to your baby is when he is between eight and ten months of age. By then you would have already introduced other foods to your baby, and it will be easier on your little one’s tummy. If your baby is colicky, or if he suffers from any digestive issue, introduce asparagus a little later, perhaps around his first birthday.

Asparagus Baby Food Nutrition Chart:

Here is a quick look at the nutritional chart for asparagus:

Asparagus, cooked 1 cup = 180 grams [1]
NutrientDRI/DV
Vitamin K101%
Folate67%
Copper33%
Vitamin B124%
Selenium20%
Vitamin B219%
Vitamin C18%
Vitamin E18%
Manganese14%
Phosphorus14%
Fiber14%
Potassium12%
Vitamin B312%
Choline11%
Zinc10%
Vitamin A10%
Iron9%
Protein9%
pantothenic acid8%
Vitamin B68%
Magnesium6%
Calcium4%

Health Benefits Of Baby Asparagus:

Here are a few reasons why asparagus is especially good for your baby:

Asparagus contains dietary fiber that will regulate your baby’s bowel movements and prevent constipation.

It contains various B-complex vitamins that help in your baby’s metabolic functions.

The vitamins A, C and E found in asparagus will help make your baby’s immune system strong and fight off any chances of infection. It is also good to prevent cancer in later years.

The Vitamin K in asparagus helps strengthen your baby’s bones. It also helps keep the threat of Alzheimer’s disease at bay.

These nutrients are beneficial for both mom and baby. For moms-to-be, asparagus helps prevent morning sickness and boosts energy levels. It has been shown to increase blood flow to the uterus, which may help reduce cramping.

Asparagus is also great for babies’ digestion. Its high fiber content makes it easier for them to digest food. It also provides a healthy dose of vitamin K, which promotes strong bones and teeth.

Top Five Recipe Ideas For Asparagus For Baby:

Remember to speak to your baby’s doctor before you add asparagus to your baby’s diet. Here are five recipe ideas that will help you prepare asparagus for your baby in a delicious, healthy and easy way:

1. Asparagus And Apple Puree:

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You Will Need:

  • ½ an apple (sliced)
  • 4 asparagus spears
  • 4 cups of homemade vegetable stock

How To:

  1. Add the asparagus spears, apples and vegetable stock to a pan.
  2. Let the mix boil, and then reduce the heat to let it simmer for five minutes. Make sure the apple and the asparagus are tender.
  3. Put the boiled mix in a food processor and blend until smooth.

2. Creamy Asparagus Dip:

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You Will Need:

  • 2 Tbsp of cream cheese
  • 1 Tbsp of yogurt
  • 3 cooked asparagus sticks (chopped)

How To:

  1. Mix the cream cheese and the yogurt and add the cooked asparagus.
  2. You can let your baby use it as a dip or even spread it on toast or baked vegetables.

3. Asparagus And Eggs:

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You Will Need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp of cream cheese
  • 2 cooked asparagus spears (chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp of Butter

How To:

  1. Heat the butter in a pan. Beat the eggs and add them to the pan, stir continuously.
  2. Now, add the cream cheese and the asparagus.
  3. Cook until the mix solidifies.

4. Asparagus Finger Food:

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You Will Need:

  • 4 Asparagus spears (cooked)
  • 2 Small, whole wheat tortillas
  • 4 Tbsp of Cheddar cheese (grated)

How To:

  1. Sprinkle the tortilla with cheese and put the asparagus spears inside.
  2. Roll up the tortillas and close them.
  3. Place the tortillas on a grill and cook on medium heat. Turn the tortillas over to ensure they cook properly on all sides, and the cheese melts.

5. Asparagus And Chicken Recipe:

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You Will Need:

  • 2 chicken breasts (diced)
  • 1 Tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp of butter
  • 1/4thcup of flour
  • 1 cup of homemade chicken stock
  • 1/4thcup of cream
  • 1 cup of asparagus spears (chopped)
  • ½ cup of Parmesan cheese (grated)

How To:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degree C.
  2. In a pan, heat the oil and fry the chicken until it turns golden brown on all sides.
  3. Melt the butter in a pan, add the flour and sauté it on low heat. Now add the stock and stir continuously. Let the sauce simmer until it thickens. Remove the pan from the heat.
  4. Add the cream to the pan and stir well.
  5. Put the asparagus spears in a microwave safe dish and add the chicken and the sauce.
  6. Add the cheese on top and bake for 45 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I purée asparagus for babies?

Yes, you can give asparagus purée to your baby. You may try the apple and asparagus and creamy asparagus dip as starters.

2. Can my baby eat asparagus every day?

Children may have half a cup or six spears of boiled asparagus daily (1). But watch out for signs of flatulence to limit the consumption accordingly.

Asparagus is high in vitamin C, some types of vitamin B, fiber, and folic acid, which are important for a baby’s overall health, development, and growth. As a result, adding asparagus to your infant’s weaning diet is a great idea. Additionally, asparagus is a versatile vegetable, and preparing asparagus baby food is a relatively simple process. You can make asparagus and apple puree, asparagus and chicken, asparagus finger food, and asparagus and egg. These recipes are hassle-free and will offer many health benefits to your little one.

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