There are many reasons that eggs are considered part of a healthy diet, from their high-quality protein to the wide assortment of vitamins that eggs provide. In fact, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans now recommends introducing eggs to children as young as four months due to the nutrition babies need for brain development, among other health benefits.
Eggs are packed with choline, a nutrient that promotes brain health and helps regulate memory, mood, muscle control, and other important brain functions. Additionally, introducing eggs at a young age also helps reduce the risk of an allergy to eggs later on in life.
So, what’s the best way to introduce eggs into a little one’s diet? Start with one new food at a time and wait two to three days to see if there is a physical reaction before trying another new food. Once introduced and no reaction occurs, keep eggs on the main rotation of foods babies eat, serving them up to three times a week.
If you’re looking for meals with eggs that your baby will love, we highly recommend these recipes:
- Baked Cheesy Pasta with Broccoli and Pear
Not only is this a yummy lunch or dinner that babies love, but it also is something the whole family will enjoy. It’s essentially an upgraded version of classic mac and cheese!
- Banana Pumpkin Pancakes
Pancakes provide a soft texture that is perfect for babies and younger toddlers, who might be teething! Plus, pancakes are perfect paired with fresh fruit.
- Vegetable Egg Roll-Ups
A mixture of baby spinach, bell peppers, cheese and eggs, little ones are sure to love this fun, nutritious finger food breakfast!