Cherries are among the spring fruits that offer very high doses of energy to the child, and a simple cup of this food provides 20 mg of calcium and 324 mg of potassium to the body, playing an essential role in growth and development. They are harder to digest and have a higher allergenic degree than other fruits, and for this reason, cherries are not introduced in the baby's menu since the beginning of diversification.
When to get into nutrition?
Cherries are introduced to the baby's diet after the age of 8-9 months, a few months away from the beginning of the diversification. According to the specialists, cherries belong to the category of fruits with a higher degree of allergenic risk. In addition, they have a slightly harder digestible texture, which the sensitive stomach, from the age of 6-7 months, cannot tolerate.
What vitamins and minerals do they contain?
Cherries abound in many nutrients with an essential role in the growth and development of the child, being a source of energy and health for the whole body:
How do you choose cherries for shopping?
The choice of cherries depends on the variety, preferences and appearance. There are no very complex criteria based on which you select these baby fruits. It is important to be semi-soft (not too strong - in which case they are unclear; not too soft - in which they have undergone alteration) and not to be hit or stained.
One clue you might consider is color. It seems that cherries that are darker in color are sweeter and more ripe, but this depends on the variety. Because they are part of the pesticide-contaminated fruit category, many pediatricians recommend parents to buy organic or organic baby-grown cherries.
At what tables do you introduce them?
Cherries, like any other fruit, are introduced to the morning tables, at least 30 minutes before milk or 2 hours afterwards, to avoid indigestible effects. This recommendation is valid at a young age, because as the child grows, cherries can be introduced into desserts or served as snacks, between meals. Up to 4-5 years of age, it is important to watch it when eating cherries, as they are part of the category of fruits that increase the risk of drowning with food.
How do you prepare and serve cherries?
Cherries are served at the beginning thermally prepared. You can cook them in steam or boiled in the compote (in which you can give them to drink and juice, separately), passed or introduced into purees or sweets (without sugar). As his digestive system becomes accustomed to their texture and make sure he does not have allergic reactions to them, you can serve them raw, in juices or other preparations specific to his age.
What other foods can you associate with them?
Cherries are best combined with other fruits such as blueberries, raspberries, apples, pears, bananas and even avocado or mango. In recipes for children over 1 year, you can introduce them in desserts, along with other ingredients, such as eggs, milk, flour, honey, yogurt, cream, etc.
When did you first give your baby something to eat cherries in what form? Tell us what your secrets are to make baby cherries easier to digest at baby age, but also what common recipes to prepare with them, in the comment section below!
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