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Seeds are a super healthy part of your baby’s Super Food Diet

Seeds may be the very last food on a parent’s list when considering first solid foods for their baby and then later, their toddler.  They might want take another look at seeds and add them to the very top of their list! Seeds are jammed packed with precious nutrients that can provide an easy healthy boost to any meal.

The history of the seed

It makes sense that seeds are chock full of goodies.  Think about it. If a seed is placed in the ground, it grows! If a seed is placed in water, it sprouts! Nature must have put a concentrated store of nutrients in the seed, which can grow a new plant with no soil and nothing more than plain water.    The seed is the nucleus of a plant, the part that maintains survival of the species, and the part that is most important to nature.  If there is a variation and lack of nutrients in the soil, the other plant parts suffer at the expense of the seed.  In infertile soil, the roots forage for every trace nutrient they can find in order to first form the seed.  The seed is life itself! Fascinating, is it not?

How to add seeds to your baby’s prepared food

There are many seeds that you could add to your child’s diet.  I would like to share three in this post: chia seeds, seasame seeds (in the form of tahini), and flax seeds. Most pediatricians agree that you can add these three seeds (one of a time, of course) to your baby’s diet at eight months of age.  Check with your pediatrican before feeding as always.  I suggest grinding chia seeds and flax seeds immediately before serving to your baby, as the unground seed could be a choking hazard and the most nutitinonal value will be delivered when the seeds are ground.  As well, seeds become rancid quickly so best to grind and serve!

Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, and Tahini (seasame seeds in paste form)

Chia Seed Nutritional Value

Chia seeds have become very popular and it is no wonder.  Just some of the nutritional benefits of chia seeds include: Omega 3 Fatty Acid, anti-oxidants, fiber, and protein. Grind chia seeds to a fine powder and sprinkle on your baby’s yogurt, oatmeal super porridge, and atop soft or pureed fruit.

Flax Seeds

Flax seeds contain omega 3 fats, manganese, Vitamin B1 and antioxidant properties, just to name a few of its goodies.  I recommend grinding flax seeds in a blender immediately before feeding and then add to scrambled eggs, yogurt, pancakes, etc.

Tahini (Seasame Seeds in paste form)

Tahini touts iron, calcium, phosphorous, zinc, B1, and dietary fiber as a few of it’s beneficial nutrients. Since tahini is sesame seeds ground into a butter it is super convenient to easily add to your baby’s yogurt, super porridge, practically anything that you can add a spread to!

If  you have experience feeding seeds to YOUR baby, share what you have found works best.  What other foods can you stir ground seeds into?












  10 Responses to “Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, and Tahini Super Baby Food | How-to and Nutritional values”

  1. can i give my 6 month plus baby ground chia and flax seed? how about pumpkin and sunflower seeds?

  2. Hi Safia, I suggest feeding ground chia seeds and ground flax seeds to baby at around eight months, ground sunflower seeds, too! Double check with your pediatrician. I would hold off on the pumpkin seeds – they are a choking hazard.

  3. I am encouraging my 9 month old to eat a variety of foods, and as many “whole” foods as possible. The other morning I made myself a green smoothie using our nutribullet blender.. I used 2 cups of baby spinach, 1 cup bananas, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk, 1/2 cup of water and 2 tbsp of chia seeds. My little one was watching curiously as I drank it so I grabbed a baby spoon and she delightedly slurped it down as fast as I could spoon it into her mouth! Now, we’re both feasting on early morning superfood smoothies!

  4. What age is safe to start tahini?

  5. Hi Jennifer, it is safe to start tahini at around 8 months old. Check with your pediatrician 🙂

  6. My little one loves chia! I mix the seeds in her fruit purée with a little water each morning, and 15 minutes later they are ready to go 🙂 bubs is 6.5 months

  7. That is terrific. It is so great that chia seeds are getting easier and easier to find!

  8. Introduce seasame seeds and tahini to babies slowly. Believe it or not, they are one of the top food allergies in the world. I only know this because my baby tested positive for an allergy to seasame seeds (and walnuts, and eggs).

  9. My LO (13 months) loves chia seed, hemp seeds ground flax seeds, sesame seeds, ground pumpkin seeds, and ground sunflower seeds (he will tolerate poppy seeds)…. I call them sprinkles and sprinkle them on to just about any sticky food. He likes the concept of “sprinkles”. He also loves when I roll tiny pieces of cream cheese in seeds to make finger food.

  10. Sprinkles!!! What a fantastic idea, Sarah..thanks for sharing!

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