Amara Baby Food: Food Fact Friday New Year Roundup

At Amara, we're a bunch of food nerds on a mission to bring better baby food to you and your family. We strongly believe that if you change the way our babies eat and expose them to REAL food, real nutrients, real textures and real tastes - we can radically change the way our future generations eat... and think! 

Every Friday over on our Instagram, we bring you food fact Fridays, a place for us to do a deep dive into food facts (also what we know how to do best!). If you're looking for what baby food to try for your baby, or if you are looking to be a bit more informed about what is actually in your food and the process behind what you eat - this is the place for you.

Without further ado, here is our food fact Friday round up from earlier this year:

Amara Best Baby Food _Food Fact plant based protein for my baby

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I only recently discovered black beans and I'll admit, it wasn't love at first sight. But the more I study these sturdy little beans - the more I fall in love with them.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Not only are black beans a perfect source of plant based protein but half a cup of cooked black beans provides almost half the daily need of protein for your baby! Especially when combined with the right grains or vegetables to get to the perfect amino acid balance.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Their dark color signals valuable phytonutrients that aid in memory function and enhance learning.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Plus, iron, calcium and magnesium are all micronutrients present in black beans that help contribute to healthy bones for your baby! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Join @amarababyfood for #foodfactfridays because together, we can raise the next generation of #foodnerds

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Amara Best Baby Food _Food Fact what vegetables start solids for my baby

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Did you know, the more your babies eat veggies now, the more likely they will eat veggies as an adult? So while the top ingredient in jars and pouches is usually APPLE, let's talk about what we really want to be feeding them. Here's why these veggies are in our top 5:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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🍠SWEET POTATO: At 3.8g of fiber per sweet potato; this is great for your baby's gut health and digestion⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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🌱PEAS: 4x the amount of protein than carrots - a great source of plant based protein for your baby⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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🎃PUMPKIN: At 197% of an adult's daily value of Vitamin A, great for nutrients and fiber to keep baby full and satisfied ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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🥔 POTATOES: overlooked in USA but one of the first foods in Europe. Eat it for it's high levels of Vitamin C and Fiber⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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🥕CARROTS: for the antioxidant known as beta-carotene, converts to Vitamin A once consumed⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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What was YOUR baby's first veggie? Share what your baby's first vegetable was in the comments below. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Join @amarababyfood for #foodfactfridays because together, we can raise the next generation of #foodnerds

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Amara Best Baby Food _Food Fact what vegetables start solids for my baby peas benefits

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Who hasn't had a fresh pea by the time they're one? These peas are AMAZING for a first veggie for your baby. So next time you're at a dinner party - here's some fun facts for you, my fellow foodie:
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🥑1 cup of peas contains more protein that a tablespoon of peanut butter and also provides Calcium, Vitamin A and C and Iron too!
🥑1 cup of peas provides 8 grams of FIBER!
🥑Not just wonderful in protein and fiber, peas are a reliable source of omega-3 fat
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Comment below to share what your baby's first vegetable was in the comments below. I can't wait to see how many people say peas!
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Join @amarababyfood for #foodfactfridays because together, we can raise the next generation of #foodnerds

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Amara Best Baby Food _Food Fact how to help my baby teething tips soothe

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So if those first 6 months weren't tough enough, nature throws an extra curveball at you.... teething babies. Here are some foods that can help soothe your baby:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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👶🏻BREASTMILK (or formula) POPSICLES: fresh breastmilk in popsicle molds. Just don't use already thawed BM as it's not recommended to re-freeze.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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👶🏻FRUIT POPSICLES: any blended fruit in popsicle molds, great for soothing babies inflamed gums.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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👶🏻FROZEN FRUIT PIECES: Bananas, blueberries... any fruit that your baby is already comfortable eating... frozen!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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👶🏻AMARA SMOOTHIES: my favorite is the recipe on the side of our Banana box or Tropical Mango - a smooth treat for fussy baby.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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What do you use to sooth your baby when they're teething? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below!

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Amara Best Baby Food _Food Fact what is the best baby food for starting solids first foods

🥦FOOD FACT FRIDAY 🥦Good food is pretty simple to spot once you know what to look for. And you don't need to take a course in nutrition to figure it out. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Here are the top things you want to look at in any packaged food (especially baby food):⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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🥕COLOR: Does the color look like something your grandma found in her kitchen? Does it still look like the vegetable it has on the front of the package?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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🥦TEXTURE: If you made this meal at home, would it have this texture? Is the texture of fresh still there?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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🥕TASTE: Not just does it taste good, but does it take similar to what you have if you made it at home?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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If you answered yes to at least 3/4 above - it means the packaged food still has the high quality taste and texture of fresh foods and all the good nutrients and fiber haven't been processed out. 🥕🥦🥕This goes for baby food or any other packaged food! Questions? Ask us in the comments below!

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