The sweet potato , also known popularly with the name of sweet potato , it becomes another of the foods that are usually given to the baby from 6 months of age, just at the moment in which it starts with complementary feeding. It is very similar to the potato, not only in appearance but also in nutritional composition. Therefore, we explain how to make a wonderful sweet potato puree for the baby
However, it is usually quite pleasant for the baby from practically the first time he tastes it, since it has a sweeter taste. Therefore, it tends to be more attractive to the palate of the smallest of the house. For this reason, it becomes in fact an excellent option to introduce other foods with a stronger flavor, such as fish.
There is no rule about what food to start from when the pediatrician tells us to start complementary feeding. For example, there are those who prefer to start with vegetables, and others do it for fruits.
Be that as it may, we must be clear that it is best to opt for the first recommended fruits (apple, pear and banana) and for the first vegetables (pumpkin, carrot, sweet potato, potato, parsnip and turnip). Since these tend to be digested more easily and do not tend to cause allergic reactions in most cases.
Here's how to easily make a delicious home sweet potato puree , ideal for babies from 6 months of age.
- 1 sweet potato or sweet potato
First wash the sweet potato or sweet potato, peel and cut into several small pieces. Then put them in a saucepan and cover with water. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.
After this time, and once you check that the sweet potato is cooked by pinching it with a fork (it must be soft), drain the water reserving it, and crush the cooked sweet potato in the blender. Then, to get the texture is much more homogeneous and smooth, ends up going through the strainer. If necessary you can add a little of the cooking liquid if necessary.
Nutritional qualities of sweet potato or sweet potato for the baby
As we mentioned at the beginning, the sweet potato or the sweet potato share some nutritional qualities. For example, both have slow-absorbing carbohydrates, which means that they will be digested slowly, slowly, not causing blood glucose spikes.
However, the sweet potato has a greater amount of carbohydrates, 23 grams per 100 grams of food (compared to the potato, which provides about 15 grams).
It has very low levels of both proteins and fats. However, it stands out for its high content of vitamin A, which helps in a very positive way in the development of the mucous membranes and the sight of the baby. In addition, it also has a higher amount of calcium (22 mg / 100 g), compared to the potato.