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We’ve all been eating carrots since we were little. But what makes carrots so great and an all time favourite? Let’s find out.

Health benefits for babies

Carrots are extremely nutritious and have all the right vitamins and minerals that the little one needs. Carrots are rich in Vitamins A, C and B6, Folate, Potassium, Sodium, Calcium, Phosphorous, Magnesium and Iron. So the real question is what is it that they don’t have right?!

Why carrots?

Carrots are good for vision, for the bones and joints, healthy teeth, overall brain development, as a detox, for healthy skin and hair and .. the list is actually quite long.

But finding good carrots are becoming rare. When I say ‘good’, I mean the ones that aren’t poisoned with all kids of fertilisers and pesticides. I know ‘poisoned’ may sound harsh, but unfortunately our food which is supposed to be nutritious is no longer that. So do try to find organic carrots as much as possible so that your child gets the best nutrition. You can store these outside safely for a couple of days but if you are in a humid and hot country like mine, then you can refrigerate them for a few days  and then use it.

For those of you who are into gardening, these can be a great addition to your kitchen garden. They do need some maintenance but are pretty simple to grow.

Since carrots are gentle on the baby’s digestive system, they are always a good choice.

Suitable carrot recipes

Pureed vegetables for baby
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Pureed carrots – simple style

These are the easiest and by far the most used recipe by all mothers. Here is the recipe.

  • Wash and peel 2 carrots.
  • Cut into pieces and boil them in water.
  • Wait for a few minutes till the carrots are tender.
  • Add chopped coriander, little salt and sprinkle little cumin seeds powder.
  • Puree in a blender when the carrots are warm.

Pureed beetroot and carrot

  • Wash and peel half a beetroot and one carrot.
  • Cut into pieces and boil them in water.
  • Wait for a few minutes till the carrot and beetroot are tender.
  • Add chopped coriander or parsley, little turmeric powder, salt (very little) and cumin seeds powder. You can also add little grated cheese if you want. We add some spices here because both carrots and beetroots and naturally sweet and may be difficult to eat for the little one. At the same time, ensure you use only little spices and do not go overboard.
  • Puree in a blender.
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Boiled carrot slices (for toddlers)

Boiled carrots

If your toddler is in the age where he can bite and chew food, you could give him these boiled carrot slices.

  • In a saucepan, add water.
  • Cut carrots and boil them in the water. Add little salt to this water when boiling.
  • Let it cook till tender.
  • Switch off.
  • Season with your child’s favourite spice and let them enjoy an evening healthy snack.

Mommy tip: Drink the water which is used to boil the carrots. Your health is just as important!

Carrot juice

  • Wash carrots well.
  • Cut them in slices.
  • Blend with water, salt, cumin seed powder and fresh coriander (cilantro) and mint leaves.
Fresh carrot juice
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How much is too much?

When it comes to children, as parents we are always worried if we are giving too much or too little of anything.

Carrot breakfastThere are no books that teach us if we’re doing the right thing. We keep feeding them carrots because they are good for vision but one fine day we are told that too much carrots skin discoloration. Well, I am not going to give you a straight answer, but to other mothers this is what I can say. Do not get too much carried away by quantity. Go by your gut feel and what your intuition tell you. Give them a good amount of carrots in their everyday diet. In my opinion, you could not go wrong if you ensure you balance it with other vegetables and spices in the diet.

In addition to the above recipes, you could come up with more. You know, with carrots you can never go wrong! Explore, innovate and enjoy with your little one.

Kripa Sivasubramanian, MBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. After a long stint in the Technology sector, she took up courses in natural medicine and yoga. Ms. Kripa is certified in Ayurvedic yoga for Dosha. She is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.