Body building foods for babies

Healthy food groups: babies & toddlers

What is healthy food for babies and toddlers?

Healthy food for babies and toddlers includes a wide variety of fresh foods from the five healthy food groups:

  • vegetables
  • fruit
  • grains
  • dairy
  • protein.

Each food group has different nutrients, which your child’s body needs to grow and work properly. That’s why we need to eat a range of foods from across all five food groups.

Going from drinking breastmilk or infant formula to eating family meals takes time, and your baby won’t be eating food from all five food groups straight away. Starting your baby on solids is the first step. Once your baby has started eating solids, try to include foods from a variety of groups at each meal.

Fruit and vegetables

Fruit and vegetables give your child energy, vitamins, anti-oxidants, fibre and water. These nutrients help to protect your baby from diseases later in life, including diseases like heart disease, stroke and some cancers.

It’s a good idea to offer your baby fruit and vegetables at every meal and for snacks. Try to choose fruit and vegies of different colours, tastes and textures, both fresh and cooked.

Wash fruit to remove dirt or chemicals, and leave any edible skin on, because the skin contains nutrients too.

Many children seem to be ‘fussy’ about eating fruit and vegies. You can help by being a healthy eating role model. If your child sees you eating a wide range of vegetables and fruit, your child is more likely to try them too.

Grain foods

Grain foods include bread, pasta, noodles, breakfast cereals, couscous, rice, corn, quinoa, polenta, oats and barley. These foods give children the energy they need to grow, develop and learn.

Grain foods with a low glycaemic index, like wholegrain pasta and breads, will give your child longer-lasting energy and keep them feeling fuller for longer.


Key dairy foods are milk, cheese and yoghurt. These foods are good sources of protein and calcium.

Dairy foods can be introduced from around six months of age. But make sure that breastmilk or infant formula is your baby’s main drink until around 12 months of age, when most children are eating family meals. After that, you can give your child full-fat cow’s milk if they’re eating a balanced diet.

Because children in this age group are growing so quickly and need a lot of energy, they need full-fat dairy products until they turn two.

If you’re thinking of feeding your baby dairy alternatives, it’s best to talk to your paediatrician, GP or child and family health nurse.


Protein-rich foods include lean meat, fish, chicken, eggs, beans, lentils, chickpeas, tofu and nuts. These foods are important for your child’s growth and muscle development.

These foods also contain other useful vitamins and minerals like iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids. Iron and omega-3 fatty acids from red meat and oily fish are particularly important for your child’s brain development and learning.

Have a look at our illustrated dietary guidelines for children 1-2 years and illustrated dietary guidelines for children 2-3 years for more information about daily food portions and recommendations. You can also speak to a dietitian if you have concerns about your child’s eating.

Healthy drinks

Water is the healthiest drink for children over 12 months. It’s also the cheapest. Most tap water is fortified with fluoride for strong teeth too.

From six months, breastfed and formula-fed babies can have small amounts of cooled boiled tap water from a cup.

Foods and drinks to limit

It’s best to limit the amount of ‘sometimes’ food your child eats. This means your child will have more room for healthy, everyday foods.

‘Sometimes’ foods include fast food, takeaway and junk food like hot chips, potato chips, dim sims, pies, burgers and takeaway pizza. These foods also include cakes, chocolate, lollies, biscuits, doughnuts and pastries.

‘Sometimes’ foods can be high in salt, saturated fat and sugar, and low in fibre. Regularly eating these foods can increase the risk of health conditions like childhood obesity and type-2 diabetes.

You should also limit sweet drinks for your child, including fruit juice, cordials, sports drinks, flavoured waters, soft drinks and flavoured milks. Sweet drinks are high in sugar and low in nutrients.

Too many sweet drinks can lead to unhealthy weight gain, obesity and tooth decay. These drinks fill your child up and can make them less hungry for healthy meals. If children regularly have sweet drinks when they’re young, it can kick off an unhealthy lifelong habit.

Foods and drinks with caffeine aren’t recommended for children, because caffeine stops the body from absorbing calcium well. Caffeine is also a stimulant, which means it gives children artificial energy. These foods and drinks include coffee, tea, energy drinks and chocolate.

Healthy alternatives for snacks and desserts
It’s fine to offer your child snacks, but try to make sure they’re healthy. Fruit and vegetables are a good choice – for example, grated or thinly sliced carrot or apple.

The same goes for dessert at the end of a meal. Sliced fruit or yoghurt are healthy options. If you want to serve something special, try homemade banana bread. Save the seriously sweet stuff, like cakes and chocolate, for special occasions like birthdays.

The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating says that both children and adults should avoid or limit sometimes food. It’s best to save these foods for special occasions.

15 Foods to Make Baby Gain Weight – Cafe Baby®

  • by Jeannie Marrugo
  • Mar 10, 2022

If you need to add foods to Baby’s diet to help them in gaining weight, be sure to add these to your grocery list or to your next Café Baby order. Sometimes every extra calorie counts in their tiny bellies.  

If your child needs to be on high calorie fortified infant formula or breast milk, please talk to your pediatrician first. You need to know the right recipe to prevent an excess intake of nutrients to prevent constipation and dehydration.

1. Avocado

Avocados are a sugar-free healthy choice that contributes 2.5 grams of monounsaturated fat and 0.5 gram of polyunsaturated fat per 25-gram serving to Baby's diet. 

2. Kidney Beans

Kidney beans are a plant-based protein, or non-heme iron source, rich in most B-vitamins, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. They also contain two that are commonly deficient in babies: folate and iron.

3. Eggs

Not only are eggs a prime source of the best-quality proteins after breast milk, but one egg contains thirteen essential minerals like copper, zinc, selenium, calcium, iron, cholesterol, fat, fatty acids, and vitamins like vitamin D, B12, E, choline and folate.

4. Bananas

Bananas are loaded with nutrients like potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, folate, niacin, and vitamin B6 and can help babies gain weight by increasing calorie density.

5. Mango

Mangoes are rich in fibres and digestive enzymes, which means Baby won't have any trouble going number two. Mangoes are very low in fat but contain lots of good calories which can help Baby gain weight.

6. Lentils

Lentils are low in sodium and saturated fat, and high in potassium, fiber, folate, and plant chemicals called polyphenols that have antioxidant activity.

7. Ground Meat

Did you know it's important to add iron- and zinc-rich foods to Baby's diet? At about six months of age, Baby starts to run out of their natural iron stores that they were born with. Ground meats are an important source of heme iron, which is more easily absorbed into the body than non-heme iron (plant-based protein). 

8. Whole Milk Yogurt

The best option is plain, unsweetened, pasteurized yogurt (regular or Greek) made from whole milk and containing "live cultures." Yogurt made from whole milk is best for Baby because they need the calories and fat in full-fat dairy products.

9. Full-fat Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese has plenty of healthy fats and protein, plus some B vitamins, calcium, selenium, and zinc. To avoid loads of salt, look for options that are:

  • Pasteurized
  • Low in sodium (ideally less than 100mg sodium per serving)
  • Made from whole milk
  • Without added preservatives or sugars

10. Mashed Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes provide nothing but good calories, making it a healthy food option for Baby. The high amount of calories in sweet potatoes help in weight gain and physical development in children.

11. Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes might be mostly white, but that doesn’t mean they don't contain nutrients. They are are a source of fiber-rich carbs, which are one of the best sources of fuel for Baby’s brain. 

12. Mashed Butternut Squash

The Omega-3 fats that are found in butternut squash are present in the form of alpha-linolenic acid, and this is what helps to reduce inflammation.

13. Peanut or Almond Butters

Nut butters can be a source of fibre, protein and healthy fats, as well as minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron and vitamin E. If you're worried about food allergies, check out our blog series about starting solids and allergies. 

14. Fresh Goat Cheese

Fresh goat cheese has lots of protein and healthy fats, plus calcium, copper, iron, and vitamins A, B2, and B6—essential nutrients to power your baby’s growth. When selecting goat cheese for Baby, look for a cheese that is:

  • Pasteurized
  • Low sodium (less than 100mg per serving)
  • Whole fat

15. Cooked Quinoa

Quinoa is a good source of calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium. It's also a great source of Omega 3, 6, 9 fatty acids, which are good for Baby's brain and eye development.

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Baby food in bodybuilding: how to take it correctly, reviews

Bodybuilders involved in strength training not at a professional, but at an amateur level, want to be not just well pumped up, but also have a beautiful relief and proportionally developed body. To achieve these results, athletes often experiment with different techniques and nutritional supplements. Many bodybuilders are interested in how effective baby food "Baby" really is for training. Some decide to test it personally, while others, on the contrary, first look for information on the advisability of including such an additive in their diet on the Internet. nine0003

Composition and features of baby food

There are many varieties of food for the little ones on the shelves of stores. The composition and features largely depend on the brand. Almost every manufacturer has its own set of ingredients that distinguishes its products from other analogues. Baby food, contrary to popular belief, does not have a rich protein composition. It contains only 10 to 20 percent protein. Most of the product is made up of fats and carbohydrates. This means that the comparison of baby food with a protein complex is wrong. The product is more like a gainer. nine0003

This composition makes baby food suitable exclusively for ectomorphs - people with a naturally thin physique who have a high need for carbohydrates to gain mass. Athletes who tend to be overweight should refrain from eating baby food, as it can provoke an increase in subcutaneous fat.

Thus, this product has two significant drawbacks:

  1. a low percentage of protein, which is necessary for athletes for the qualitative growth of muscle mass; nine0018
  2. high ratio of carbohydrates and fats, which are deposited in the fatty layer under the skin.

In addition, the high cost of the product must also be taken into account. Comparing the cost of baby food with protein complexes from well-known world manufacturers, you can see that buying the latter is much more profitable. The product also has its advantages. Infant formulas are enriched with vitamins and minerals, which sports complexes cannot boast of, but their dosage is noticeable only for the body of a small child, but not for an adult who also actively trains. In other words, the benefits of such nutrition are only for a certain limited number of athletes, and not for everyone. nine0003

How to take infant formula

Bodybuilders who conscientiously decide to use infant formula should carefully read the manufacturer's instructions. The vast majority of such products are diluted with either water or milk.

Bodybuilders usually opt for milk to increase their protein intake. Today, few athletes resort to the use of baby food, but there was a time when it was really in great demand. In the nineties of the last century, bodybuilders did not even dilute the product, but ate dry powder mixtures, since there were no protein complexes on sale then. nine0003

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Reviews of baby food in bodybuilding

A huge number of topics and discussions on thematic sites and forums are devoted to baby food in bodybuilding. The reviews that athletes leave about this product as a muscle building supplement are mostly negative. This is facilitated by the composition of the mixtures. They contain little protein, but a lot of simple (fast) carbohydrates, as well as fats, which provoke excess weight. The high price of food for babies is also a big minus. For a similar amount, you can purchase a high-quality protein complex from leading manufacturers, getting a significant portion of protein and a minimum of harmful fats with carbohydrates. Not everyone likes the taste of infant formula. Both gainers and proteins are much more pleasant to drink, so training athletes who want to have impressive muscles and relief prefer this particular sports drink. nine0003

Muscle Gaining Baby Food

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Are you new to bodybuilding and want to know which foods help build muscle?

Including the right foods in your diet will help your poor genetics.

Here is a list of bodybuilding foods that will help your muscle grow faster and get bigger. nine0003

Chicken breast. Chicken meat is very important in bodybuilding, as it contains a huge amount of high quality protein. 170 g of chicken breast contains 40 g of protein and only 2 g of fat. In addition to being a highly nutritious food, it can be prepared in many different ways.

Eggs are another versatile protein-rich food source that also contain high amounts of vitamins such as A, E, K, and B and 8 essential amino acids. An egg contains about 6 grams of protein, an excellent source of nutrition to support muscle growth. nine0003

Oatmeal is an amazing bodybuilding food, a viable carbohydrate source for your body. Good for the intestines and stomach.

Salmon - very rich in proteins and also polyunsaturated fatty acids Omega-3, which helps to increase testosterone levels. Eating a small piece of salmon will give you about 35g of protein!

Tuna is another source of quality protein to help you get the most bang for your buck. 1 piece contains 32 g of protein. nine0003

Broccoli - rich in nutrients that limit estrogen release, it also contains calcium and vitamin C, which help to minimize fat storage and restore muscles. A truly wonderful vegetarian product.

Whey protein is the king of proteins, which promotes rapid absorption and contains branched chain amino acids, which are so necessary for building muscle mass. nine0003

Cottage Cheese is an incredible source of casein protein that slowly releases protein throughout the day (great snack at night).

Turkey is a source of low fat, high protein and tons of nutrients, an essential food for a bodybuilder.

Lean Beef is not only a great source of protein, but the pure creatine in lean steaks really stimulates muscle growth. 100 g of lean beef contains about 25 g of protein. nine0003

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