We love beetroot at Babease. Packed full of folate, potassium and manganese this vegetable deserves its superfood status. Potassium is needed to maintain a good balance in body fluids and make sure all the nerves and muscles are staying strong and healthy. Folate works together with Vitamin B12 to help make red blood cells and makes sure our nervous system is working as it should be. Manganese is needed to keep bones growing and energy levels up.
When to give to your baby
Beetroot makes a good choice for early on in your little ones journey. We recommend to start weaning at around 6 months, however every baby is different so follow your instinct or consult your health practitioner if you are not sure.
Products with beetroot
Cooking beetroot at home
The perfect beetroot
We always use organic beetroots, which means that they have not been sprayed or treated with any nasties. When selecting beetroots for baby food try to pick small or medium sized beetroots as these usually have the best flavour! Look out for beetroots that have a deep purple colour, are firm with unbroken and unblemished skin and if with leaves that these look green and fresh! (don’t forget to keep the leaves and eat them for your dinner!) Nowadays there are also lots of different varieties of beetroots to try, so when in season, try Chioggia (sometimes called candy beetroot) with its distinctive pink and white rings, or why not try Burpees Golden with its deep orange coloured flesh. To store beetroots, cut the greens and store in the vegetable draw of your fridge for up to 1 week.
Best way to cook them for your baby
Try roasting beetroot before adding it to cooked brown rice with a splash of vegetable broth for a perfect baby risotto. If you are worried about staining your little ones clothes why not try one of the heritage ones mentioned above. We personally love the colour and think it's part of the fun of food.
What goes well with beetroot
Butternut squash, quinoa, onion, peas, brown rice, lentils.