The nutritional value of yams/sweet potatoes cannot be ignored. They are high in Vitamin A and beta carotene as well as potassium. They also contain a good amount of Vitamin E, calcium and folate.
“The Nutrition Action Health Letter rated 58 vegetables by adding up the percentages of USRDA for six nutrients (Vitamins A and C, folate, iron, copper, and calcium), plus fiber. Sweet Potatoes topped the list with a whopping 582 points; its nearest competitor, a raw carrot came in at 434.”˚
Vitamin A – 24,877 mg
Vitamin C – 28.0 mg
Pantothenic Acid – .74 mg
Niacin – .69 mg
Folate – 26.2 mcg
Contains some other vitamins in small amounts.
Potassium – 273 mg
Phosphorus – 29.5 mg
Magnesium – 13.5 mg
Calcium – 6.2 mg
Sodium – 11.0 mg
Iron – .55 mg
Selenium – .5 mg
Manganese – .6 mg
Zinc – .3 mg
Also contains small amount of copper.
When can I introduce Sweet Potatoes to my baby?
These wonderful vegetables are a great first baby foods,(even for the early solid food starter) for baby as they are packed full of nutrients, highly palatable and due to their fiber content, help digestive tract and bowel health.
How to select and store sweet potatoes for baby food
When selecting yams/sweet potatoes for homemade baby food, make sure to select those that are unbruised and without brown or soft spots.
For proper storage, be sure to keep them in a cool, dark, dry area. Yams/Sweet Potatoes may be kept for up to two weeks. Do NOT refrigerate sweet potatoes.
hint White or Light colored Sweet Potatoes are more dry and not as tasty as the orange colored sweet potatoes.
As with most cooked foods, they may be kept refrigerated for 2 to 3 days after being cooked. Sweet potatoes freeze well.
The best way to cook Sweet Potatoes for Baby Food
Baking sweet potatoes, especially for baby food, brings out their natural sweetness and good flavor while retaining the most nutrients. You may also peel and cube then steam or boil sweet potatoes if you prefer.
A Few Sweet Potato Baby Food Recipes
Sweet Potato (Yam) Baby Food Puree Recipe
(4)6 months +
Baking Sweet Potatoes for Baby Food:
1. Wash and poke holes in sweet potato with fork then wrap sweet potatoes in tin foil – do not peel for baking/microwaving.
2. Place in a 400 degree oven and bake for 30-60 minutes or until soft
Tip, run them under water and then poke holes with a fork then run under water again then wrap and bake. The water helps cook them – works with baking white potatoes too. –
3. Remove skins by slitting the sweet potato lengthwise when cooled then scoop out the “meat”. Use a liquid from your preferred source to puree or thin the sweet potatoes.
Boiling/Steaming Sweet Potatoes for Baby Food:
1. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into small chunks
2. Place chunks into a pan with just enough water to slightly cover potato
3. “Steam” boil until tender, be sure to check on the water level.
4. Reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the sweet potatoes if desired.
By Wholesome babyfood