Kale

Nutrients
Packed full fibre, potassium, vitamin K, A, C, manganese and folate it’s no surprise Kale is commonly regarded as a superhero amongst foods. Fibre aids digestion and potassium is needed to maintain a good balance in body fluids and make sure all the nerves and muscles stay healthy. Vitamin K makes proteins to help wounds heal and to keep bones healthy. Vitamin A is crucial for growth and development and important to keep the immune system healthy. Vitamin C is needed for healing wounds, helping the body to absorb iron and normal growth and development. Manganese is needed to keep bones growing and energy levels up.

When to give to your baby +6 months
It’s a good idea to introduce your little one to the bitter taste of kale from early on in the journey. We recommend to try it after first tastes have been accepted and see how your little one gets on with it. Until your little one is chewing nicely, make sure that you blend the kale well to avoid any stringy bits that could be a choking hazard.

The perfect kale
Wherever possible we like to use organic kale, which means that they have not been sprayed or treated with any nasties. We understand that this isn't always possible, so buy the best available to you at the time. Kale comes in two main varieties, flat and curly, however curly is the most common and you can find it everywhere from supermarkets to your local farmers market. In season however you will find all sorts of different varieties, so go to town in trying different ones to keep it interesting. When choosing kale for your baby, try to pick smaller younger leaves as they tend to be more tender and have a sweeter taste than the bigger kale leaves. Also look out for leaves that are firm and have a deep green colour. You can store your kale in the fridge for up to 4-5 days, but better to cook them as fresh as possible. 

Best way to cook them for your baby
Kale is best steamed or quickly cooked in a little boiling water to lock in as much nutritional value as possible. If you are adding it early on in the journey, make sure that you blend it really well to avoid any stringy bits that could be a choking hazard, leaving it in bigger pieces the older your little one gets. Its yummy just tossed in some butter or coconut oil and served on its own when your little one is ready for real textures later on.

What goes well with Kale
Carrots, parsnip, peas, courgette, lentils, swede, onion, brown rice

 

 

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