• Mushrooms are mightier than you think!
• Minerals like phosphorus, selenium, copper and potassium support your baby’s growth and development.
• Umami is the 5th taste experience and Mushrooms have this in abundance!
• Mushrooms contain a very unique plant fibre with probiotic qualities that encourage good gut bacteria which means mushrooms work magic on tiny tummies.
• B Vitamins boost immunity and support the cellular growth of your little one.
We have lots of ideas to help you include mushrooms in your little one's diet. Please scroll down for more information.
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Introducing mushrooms: There are different ways to include mushrooms in your baby’s diet, depending on their age and needs.
Find ideas for each age group below.
Introducing mushroom at 6-9 months
Very finely chopped and sauteed mushrooms add a wonderful savoury flavour to dishes.
Add finely chopped sauteed mushrooms into risotto, scrambled egg or Bolognese.
For baby-led weaning, you can offer your baby a whole cooked portobello mushroom to gum on and release the wonderful umami juice that will tantalise their tastebuds.
Introducing mushroom at 9-12 months
Finely chopped and cooked mushrooms can now be served as a finger food.
To help little ones tackle mushrooms, fold them into an omelette and offer egg strips to self-feed.
Add garlic and herbs to finely chopped mushrooms whilst cooking and stir into pasta, couscous or quinoa dishes.
Cooked mushrooms puree nicely into a soft cheese to make a savoury pate for toast or rice cakes.
Introducing mushroom at 12-18 months
Offer thin slices of portobello to your little mushroom muncher!
Bite-sized pieces of mushroom provide pincer grip practice.
Using a fork your little one can spear bite-sized pieces of mushroom.
Mushrooms work brilliantly in arancini (risotto balls) as a perfect picnic finger food.
Raw mushrooms are not recommended for your baby as they can contain harmful bacteria and are difficult to digest.
The stalk of the mushroom can be quite fibrous and tricky to chew.
Cylindrical foods are also a choking hazard, discard the stem.
If using the stalk in cooking always slice lengthways into quarters and then finely chop.
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