Health Benefits of Broccoli for Babies and Recipes

Broccoli has various health benefits and nutritional value.

Updated: April 4, 2019


Broccoli has various health benefits and nutritional value. Broccoli is an edible green plant in the cabbage family whose large flowering head and stalk is eaten as a vegetable. The word broccoli comes from the Italian plural of broccolo, which means "the flowering crest of a cabbage", and is the diminutive form of brocco, meaning "small nail" or "sprout". You may be thinking if broccoli might be the right food for your baby while introducing vegetables for the first time.

When can Babies Eat Broccoli?


Broccoli should not be the very first vegetable that a baby might consume. Your little one will take some time to digest brocoli as his digestive system would not be properly developed. You can include broccoli in your baby's diet at the age of 10 months old or more. It might also cause gas in some babies.


Health Benefits of Broccoli for Babies


Boost immunity

Broccoli contains various vitamins that helps baby for a healthy immune system. Broccoli is rich in Vitamin C which helps improving immunity in babies. Including Broccoli in your baby's diet helps to keep common cold and cough at bay.

Eyesight Development
Broccoli is a rich in vitamin A and beta carotene , which helps for healthy eyesight in babies. Vitamin A present in broccoli helps in the growth of healthy retina in babies. It helps the eyesight of the baby better and sharper. It also contains B-complex vitamins and minerals such as phosphorous, which helps to keep the eyesight healthy.

Prevenst Anaemia
Broccoli prevents anaemia by increasing the haemoglobin level in the blood and reduces iron deficiency in babies as it is rich in iron.

Treating Gastric Ulcers
Our stomach needs to produce an acid  that helps digest the food consumed. Acidity can cause ulcers If the acid production is uncontrolled.B roccoli soup helps to get relief from gastric ulcer in babies.

Antioxidants
Broccoli is rich in Antioxidants which protects the cells and tissues of the body from harmful free radicals. Including Broccoli in your baby's diet helps to maintain a healthy balance of all constituents.

Reduce Constipation
Broccoli contains fibre which also contains properties of a natural laxative. For any kind of digestive or constipation problems, including fibres and stimulating bowel movement are great ways to take care of them both. Broccoli helps in absorbing extra moisture and remove the impurities, improving the digestive process and keeping the system healthy.

Relief From Diarrhea
Diarrhoea can be harmful since it can cause dehydration in babies. Broccoli soup helps to restore the amount of water and nutrition that are lost in dehydration in babies.

How to Choose and Store Broccoli for Infants

Choose Broccoli that have dark green or sage shades, with slightly purplish-green tinge in colour. Make sure that they are uniformly coloured and don’t have any anomalies. If there are any tiny yellow flowers or grey coloured portions, discard that broccoli.

Healthy Broccoli Recipe for your baby


Broccoli Puree

Ingredients
Broccoli

How To Cook
Wash broccoli properly in running water.
Cut it into small pieces.
Steam it until it softens.
Blend it together to get a smooth puree.
Add water if required.


Broccoli And Cheese Nuggets
Ingredients
Boiled and chopped broccoli
cheese
Breadcrumbs
vegetable puree

How To Cook
Take a baking sheet and apply some olive oil.
Take a bowl and mix all the ingredients in it.
Take a small amount of mixture in your hand and shape them like a nugget.
Make 4-5 nuggets ball and place these on the baking tray.
Place the tray in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes at the temperature of 190 degrees.
Pull the tray out, flip the nuggets, and bake for another 5-10 minutes.
The nuggets are ready to be served, making it great broccoli cheese baby food to be had any time.

Broccoli Carrot Puree
Ingredients
Chopped Broccoli
Peeled and diced carrots

How To Cook
Steam broccoli along with diced carrots until they are soft.
Blend them together until they form a puree.

Cheese Broccoli Rice
Ingredients
Chopped Broccoli
cheese
Cooked brown rice

How To Cook
Steam the broccoli until they become soft.
Mix the broccoli and rice in a pan.
Place the pan on a low flame and allow it to cook.
Add cheese mean while and stir it well.
Wait until the cheese has melted completely.
Remove the flame and blend it together to form a puree.

Broccoli Cream Soup
Ingredients
Broccoli
Olive oil
Chopped onions
Pepper
Milk with reduced fat

How To Cook
Take a large pan and add oil to it.
Heat it on medium flame and add onions to it. Saute them until they soften.
Boil broccoli until they are soft and add them with the onion.
Remove the flame and add milk to it. Stir it properly and pour it into a blender.
Blend it all together to get a required consistency.
Add pepper if you want and serve your baby once it is cool down.