7 Unexpected Ingredients to Introduce to Your Little One

Introduce new ingredients to your baby by trying our favorite fruits and veggies to get those taste buds popping.

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There’s a common misconception that babies and toddlers cannot have sophisticated palates and we’re here to prove the world wrong! Believe it or not, your little one CAN find love in a vegetable-place…even those picky eaters, mealtime screamers and broccoli throwers—we’ve seen it all! 

There is a balance between introducing new ingredients on the plate in a visual way and ‘hiding’ ingredients to ensure taste familiarity + nutritional value during mealtime. Little Spoon is here to help foster your future foodie—from unique fruits + veggies to taste bud popping spices, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite new ingredients. 

Pitaya

Also known as dragon fruit, pitaya cues those island vacation vibes. Pitaya Pineapple Spinach Banana Coconut Oil Babyblend is the children’s version of your favorite acai bowl— rich in antioxidants, high in fiber, supports the immune and nervous system AND promotes gut health. Seriously, it’s a win win. 

Turmeric

Go from bland to bold in seconds! Don’t fret picky eaters, this is the perfect zing your palate needs. This bright ingredient supports your little’s immune system, reduces inflammation and promotes heart health, all while tasting oh-so delicious. Turmeric is a great way to incorporate diverse flavors and cuisines into your child’s palate, especially at a young age, so they can go from picky to adventurous in no time. Little Spoon starts with just a hint of spice in their meals, such as Babyblends Sweet Potato Apple Red Bell Pepper Turmeric or Carrot Mango Coconut Milk Turmeric, or the newest addition to the Plates menu…Chicken Tikka Masala with Turmeric Poppers

Kale

Kale is one of those foods that went from trending on Instagram in 2012 to now, a household staple. Think of it like a heartier lettuce that packs endless nutritional value. Great in smoothies, pesto, meatballs, sliders, creamy blends and more, this favorite is full of  vitamin-c, fiber, antioxidants, and other nutrients that are easy on the tummy and strengthen your bones. We’ll have your picky eater saying “Kale, yeah!” in no time. 

Spirulina 

What even is spirulina? Glad you asked. For starters, it’s a superfood, which means it has a whole array of health benefits – eliminates heavy metals, boosts your immune system, improves digestion, aids anti-inflammation…to name a few. Honestly, we wish we hopped on this train earlier, so why not make it happen your kiddos? This Avocado Green Apple Broccoli Spirulina Babyblend is packed with nutrients, and this combo with a hint of spirulina will support your little eater and give them the nutritious boost they need. 

Lentils

If you’re little one struggles to go potty, these lentils will solve that problem *real* quick. These little legumes are jam-packed with fiber, potassium and iron, and are delicious in a curry or pasta! Perfectly soft and bite sized, it’s the perfect ingredient to fold into any savory dish. 

Guava

Talk about the perfect digestive aid, guava is exactly what your baby needs. It’s a great ingredient to introduce as your little starts to prepare for their solids journey, so try it out in a puree first! That tropical and fruity taste will make their taste buds jump for joy. Make sure to sneak a taste for yourself.

Oat Milk 

We know, we know. Plant-based milks have…expanded. We’re settling the confusion by breaking down all different types of milk options out there, but a favorite we always turn to is Oat Milk. A great dairy alternative, high in fiber and a plant-based protein source, this milk is absolutely delicious and a great addition to Smoothies and more.  

Ready to start your child’s adventurous eating journey? Head over to Little Spoon to see the rotating menu of 100% organic Babyblends, Smoothies and Plates that incorporate all the ingredients you would never think to put on your mini’s plate. Get started now! 

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