At what age can you give the child beets and beet juice?
Without a doubt, vegetables are one of the most important components of the children's menu, but because of the bright color and effect on digestion, many parents doubt whether it is worth giving beets to young children. Is such a vegetable useful, at what age can you introduce a child to him, is it worth it to give juice from beets and how to choose a quality root vegetable for a baby? Let's figure it out.
Benefits and healing properties
- Beets are rich in vitamins, so its use contributes to the development of the child, his growth and the normal functioning of his internal organs.
- Due to the high content of iron and iodine, beets can prevent the development of iodine deficiency states and anemia.
- The composition of minerals and salts in this vegetable is well balanced, which contributes to the support of metabolic processes.
- Drinking beet strengthens blood vessels, lowers nervous irritability and improves blood count.
- In this product there are many antioxidants to enhance the immunity of the crumbs.
- Beetroots have a hepatoprotective effect, so they recommend eating such a vegetable to protect the liver.
Does it help with constipation?
Due to the high content of fiber, beet has a positive effect on digestion and stimulates intestinal motility, so this vegetable helps to eliminate constipation or prevent their appearance.
Does it help from the common cold and how to make drops?
Beets can really help in the treatment of rhinitis. Used as raw beets, and boiled roots. Beetroot gets the juice, which is diluted 1: 1 with boiled water, and then instill 2-3 drops in the nasal passages of the baby. It is recommended to carry out such a procedure up to four times a day.
Harm and contraindications
- During its growth, the beets absorb a lot of nitrates, salts and other harmful substances from the soil. Because of this, eating a root can negatively affect the functioning of the kidneys.
- The ability to reduce the blood pressure that a given vegetable has is useful for adults with vascular and heart diseases, but is not at all necessary for small children.
- Beet dishes should not be given when the child is prone to diarrhea.
Is there an allergy?
Beets belong to allergenic vegetables, therefore, it should be introduced very carefully into the diet of babies, starting with a few drops of juice or half a spoon of mashed potatoes. Increasing the portion is permissible only in the absence of distant signs of allergy.
How many months can I give?
The introduction of beets in the children's diet is carried out after the baby has become acquainted with zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, potatoes and pumpkin. Approximate age for the first sample of beets in the absence of a tendency to allergies consider 8-9 months. If a child has exudative catarrhal diathesis, it is recommended to try beets for the first time only after a year.
If the child is not allergic and he has problems with the stool, you can add beets to the menu a little earlier, but only after 6 months of age. In addition, it should not be the first dish of vegetable foods.Babies, who are introduced to new products according to the principles of pedagogical complementary foods, usually do not give beets for up to a year, since the body of a 12-month-old toddler will cope with this root crop much easier.
As with any other unfamiliar product crumbs, with the introduction of beets should be very careful.
The most suitable option is to add a few drops of boiled beet juice to the vegetable puree. Having traced, whether signs of an allergy or other negative reactions have appeared, further it is possible to offer a little more root crop to the child.
Gradually increase the number of drops of beetroot juice or offer a crumb half of a teaspoon of beetroot puree. Giving such a product is worth it in the morning time, so that by the end of the day it should be noted whether the grist has transferred the given vegetable normally.
In what form can boiled beets be given to children under one year old?
Kids younger than a year are usually mashed with beets. For its preparation, you only need to take the root crop, water and some sunflower oil. After washing the beets from the soil particles and removing the tops, you should pour the vegetable with water, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and cook for about ten minutes. Drain the water, cover the root with clean water, bring it to a boil again, cover the saucepan and cook for about an hour and a half.
Dip the cooked vegetable in cool water to easily separate the rind from the beets. Peeled root, chop on a fine grater. Having added vegetable oil, dilute the mashed potatoes with a few more spoons of water, after which you can offer the dish to the baby.
Beet puree can be added to rice or buckwheat porridge, apple, potato, squash or meat puree. At the same time, remember that babies should be offered only freshly prepared beetroot puree, since reheating worsens both the quality and the composition of the product.
Can I give raw beets and how to make fresh juice?
Juice, which is obtained from raw beets, can begin to be given simultaneously with the introduction of boiled vegetables in the diet of the crumbs. At the same time, such juice should either be diluted with water, or supplemented with other juices, since it not only has a taste which is not too pleasant for the child, but also the ability to irritate the mucous membranes of the digestive tract. Many doctors advise to postpone familiarity with the juice of raw beets to a year.
The total volume of the offered beetroot crumbs should not exceed 1/3 of the volume of the entire beverage. This juice should not be given for stomach ailments, diarrhea, diabetes or kidney disease.
Note that thermally processed beets bring more benefits to the child's body than raw. When a root vegetable is baked or boiled, some of its vitamins are lost, but at the same time nitrates are destroyed, and trace elements, pectin, fiber, and many other beneficial compounds remain. Raw beets will give more vitamins, but with them the baby will also receive nitrates.
The recipe for apple-beet juice from Gennady Malakhov, see the program "Healing Cooking."
Starting to introduce beets into the diet of an 8-9 month old baby, this root crop is given along with other vegetables in an amount of not more than 1/3 of the mass of the whole vegetable dish. By the year, the amount of beets that can be given to a child on one day is 50 grams. At the same time, it is enough to offer this vegetable to your baby only once a week. After a year to 7 years of age, beets are given in quantities of up to 100 g per day.
How to make a salad?
From the age of one, a kid can be offered salads with beets, adding to this vegetable, for example, prunes. For this salad, take one boiled and peeled beets, as well as several prunes. Grate the beets and chop the pre-soaked dried plums. Mix the ingredients, season the salad with sour cream.
Prunes in such a salad can be replaced with an apple or carrot. If the child normally perceives raw beets, a salad can be made from it.
The recipe for delicious beet salad look in the transfer of Dr. Komarovsky.
Other useful recipes
Children over the year can cook stews from beets, borscht, soup and other dishes. Many kids like pancakes and meatballs from this vegetable.
Boil the beets in the peel, then peel, skip 200 grams of vegetable through a meat grinder and salt a little. Add 15 g of butter and 2 teaspoons of semolina to beets. While stirring, boil the mass a little until it thickens, then let it cool. Formed from the mass of cutlets, roll in breadcrumbs and fry until cooked. Serve this dish is best with sour cream.
Beet stewed in sour cream
Peel and dice 300 g of beets and 30 g of carrots. Fill the vegetables with water (a small amount), add a tablespoon of vegetable oil, then wait until the water boils, reduce the heat and close the saucepan with a lid. Stir beets with carrots periodically, simmer in a closed container for about an hour. Next, add 2 tablespoons of sour cream, a little salt and sugar to the vegetables, mix and continue to simmer for about ten minutes.
Tips for choosing
Ideally, the child should cook the beets that you grew up on the garden yourself, but many parents do not have this opportunity, so you should know the rules for choosing beets in the store and on the market:
- Do not take large roots for the child, because they contain more harmful compounds than small and medium-sized beets.
- Buy for baby food only beets, which has a pronounced burgundy hue.
- A vegetable should have an oval or rounded shape, then you have red beet in front of you.
- The skin of the root must be dense, with no visible damage and areas of rot.
- Choose only flat and firm beets, and the purchase of softened vegetables should be abandoned.