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Yolk, Yolk, Yolk = Nutrient Dense Food, Healthy Additive, and a Powerful Brain! Egg yolk is one of the “first foods” I introduced to both of my babies. It is easy to do! If you can boil an egg, you can provide this wholesome food for your baby! Just make sure you leave the egg white out as some children can have an allergy to egg whites. Egg whites should not be introduced until after the age of 1.
Egg yolks are full of many nutrients such as protein, fat, vitamins A, D, E and B12, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, phosphorous, zinc, iron, folate and choline. Egg yolks are easily digested and are a very soft food which makes “gumming” or chewing easy. The taste of an egg yolk is mild and most children will welcome the new taste.
Your baby’s brain is still developing and needs the best nutrition. The membranes of the brain cells are made up of fatty acids (majority), phospohlipids, cholesterol, and protein. Sources of fatty acids (omega 3- DHA) include free range egg yolks, fish oils, algae, seaweed, leafy greens (kale), breast milk, and flaxseed (oil). Phospohlipids can be found in egg yolks, soybeans, peanuts, lentils, sesame seeds, flaxseeds. Cholesterol sources include egg yolk, shrimp, and animal products. Protein sources come from eggs, poultry, beans, nuts, seeds, meat and dairy.
Egg yolk is a great start to good nutrition. I often ask mothers, “Do you want your baby to survive or thrive?”. Many children are surviving but what if they were thriving?
Cooked Egg Yolk Tips:
- Buy eggs from you local farmer
- The darker the yolk the more nutrients it contains
- Mashed cooked yolk acts like a thickener for runny purees
- For the new eater (6 months), crumble and smooth the yolk into your baby’s food
- For an older eater (> 9 months), mix a couple drops of water with the yolk, scramble and add in cheddar cheese for a great finger food
- Think of egg yolk as a powerful additive!
Additional “Thriving” Powerful Brain Additives for Baby Food:
Flaxseed oil- add a drop or two to baby food. Make sure you watch the expiration date and keep refrigerated.
Pureed Kale- steam kale (2-3 minutes) and puree in blender. Use the water you steamed the kale with to thin puree). Freeze in tbsp. size serving size (I use my deviled egg platter and then spoon out frozen serving. The servings can then be stored in a Ziploc bag in the freeze for easy access)