Asparagus and babies often don’t get along, but they have many benefits. So here are some recipes to make for the little ones.
Asparagus are rich in vitamins and minerals and promote the absorption of calcium contained in other foods: this is why, as well as being delicious and beneficial for adults, they are precious for the growth of children. Thanks to the high potassium content, these asparagus are a real panacea for the well-being of the heart and muscles in general; together with the other mineral salts and vitamins of which they are rich, they also represent a valid aid for the proper functioning of the nervous and heart system.
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Asparagus and babies: benefits
The asparagus they are vegetables spring tender and succulent, extremely rich in beneficial properties. Especially for children, we recommend green and wild asparagus, which promote the absorption of calcium contained in other foods, thus proving to be valuable for growth, development and bone health.
Asparagus is packed with beneficial nutrients, including:
- vegetable fibres
- folic acid
- vitamins (especially vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E)
- mineral salts
- Rich in vitamins
- Rich in fiber
- They purify the body and are diuretics
- They prevent type 2 diabetes
- They are antioxidants
- They prevent some forms of cancer
- They contribute to the proper functioning of the nervous system
- They prevent cardiovascular diseases
- They are natural anti-inflammatories
- They help digestion and improve intestinal functions
Recent studies have indicated asparagus among the elements indicated for food consumption in order to implement one prevention of the type 2 diabetes which starts right from the table. The active ingredients contained in asparagus through laboratory experiments have proved to be able to act by favoring the production of insulin and decreasing blood glucose levels. Another beneficial property attributed to asparagus concerns their potential ability to help our brain a counteract cognitive decline.
Are asparagus bad for children?
Precisely by virtue of their diuretic ability, could irritate the kidneys of people with kidney dysfunction or cardiac. Consumption is not indicated then to those who have the gout is nephropathies. Some people may also be allergic to the vegetable. It should also be noted that immediately after ingesting the vegetable, theurine assumes a unpleasant odor due to sulfur substances contained in asparagus.
Asparagus and babies: weaning
If you decide to start weaning with atraditional complementary diet and therefore with the insertion of new foods little by little, it is possible to verify that none of them causes an allergic reaction to the child.
Since when to give asparagus
According to a normal weaning process, therefore starting from the sixth month of the baby, asparagus can be introduced starting from the eighth month, unless otherwise indicated by your pediatrician. Considering the strong and slightly bitter taste, wild asparagus is not recommended in the first tasting tests. Instead, cultivated asparagus is preferred, much more delicate and sweet, which can be white or green.
The first step is to wash the asparagus well under running water and then remove the stem and keep only the tips for the baby food. I recommend you do not throw away the stems, they can be an excellent base for an omelette or risotto for you.
Asparagus tips are particularly recommended for newborns because they are very tender and free of filaments.
Initially we advise you to cook a piece of asparagus in the classic broth and once you have verified that the child has not had any allergic reaction, propose more delicious recipes.
Recipes with asparagus for children
Cream of asparagus, potatoes and ricotta
For the base use the classic broth to which you will add two or 3 asparagus tips and half a medium potato already cleaned. C.cook the asparagus and the steamed potato and then add them to the hot broth and ricotta (about 30g). Add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. The potato and ricotta will soften the strong taste of the asparagus and this cream will become an excellent dish for the whole family.
Asparagus, courgette and parmesan pasta
Wash and cut 60g courgette and 3 asparagus tips into small pieces. Better to steam the vegetables. Separately cook the pasta and once ready add it to the vegetables seasoned with a teaspoon of oil. Now add a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.
Asparagus, courgette and potato omelette
Steam the vegetables. Separately, in a bowl beat the egg with a fork to which you will add the warm vegetables. Brush a non-stick pan with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and preheat it. Now add the mixture and cover with a lid and cook over low heat. When the omelette is compact, turn it over and continue cooking. For the vegetables we recommend 3-4 asparagus tips, a ¼ of courgette and a small potato.