Can my baby eat Swiss chard

From +4 months

Is swiss chard healthy for children?

Swiss chard is definitely a healthy option for your baby. It's taste lies somewhere between spinach and beetroots, so it's a great way of introducing a more grassy, earthy flavor to your child's palate. On top of that, they're an impressive source of vitamin A and vitamin K, which will help your baby's body develop healthy vision, bones and blood. They're a great source of fiber and disease-fighting antioxidants. Swiss chard also contain nitrates, which have been associated with negatively impacting oxygen levels in the blood when consumed in excess. However, the European Food Safety Authority has concluded there is generally no risk in eating nitrate rich vegetables for healthy children.

How to serve swiss chard

Wash swiss chard thoroughly as it tends to carry a lot of dirt. Remove the stem from the leaf, since it's usually quite hard. Chop up the leaves and cook in a pan with some olive oil on medium heat until they become soft. You can also choose to boil or steam instead. You can then serve it as a puree or, for older children, just chop it finely and incorporate it in the rest of your dish. You can also serve it as a finger food, taking into account appropriate finger food sizes for your baby's age.

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