When you begin baby’s nutritional variety everything seems very complicated, are you giving him enough, but not too much, at the right moment, not too rich to prevent him taking too much weight but without leaving him hungry either. What a headache! And yet it is so simple – to build up his body, his cells, his blood, his muscles, the child needs to find, in his diet, the following nutrients: proteins, lipids (fats) and carbohydrates (sugars) and fibers, vitamins and minerals and water. Fortunately, essential nutrients are made of all of these, in more or less sized proportions.

 

The main functions of essential nutrients

Essential nutrients provides all the nutrients which allow the body to function better.

These are:

– proteins found in dairy products, meat, fish, eggs or cereals and pulses. Proteins are the bricks used to make up the body.

– it also needs fat (lipids) to manufacture cells and a bunch of hormones, to give elasticity to the skin, provide energy and vitamins found only there … that’s why we systematically add, from the 7th month, a soupspoon of butter or vegetable oil in baby’s meals.

– then, to be able to move, learn, sleep well, have positive energy, it needs sugars (carbohydrates), such as starch and products from cereals but also fruit.

– fibers, vitamins and minerals (Read here), are themselves present in all foods, in various quantities, prompting variety in the maximum of food which is offered to the child to cover all his needs.

 

In practice:

Children, like adults, must build their meals on the following trio:

1 – Meat – fish – eggs and / or dairy products

2 – Starchy foods or dried vegetables

3 – Vegetables and / or fruit

And to the trio, add a spoonful of fat to the preparation. All in all, it’s easy!