The first foods given to babies must be easy to digest. Never add sugar or salt to your baby food, regardless of how bland it is. Sugar will encourage a sweet tooth while salt might harm your baby’s delicate kidneys. There are numerous healthy and baby-friendly foods available today. Here are the top 45 best baby foods, recommended by nutritionists and doctors. From beans and meats packed with proteins to vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables, these amazing foods are full of essential nutrients, they are delicious, and easy to prepare in your baby food maker of choice!
Although sometimes categorized as a vegetable, an avocado is obviously a fruit. They contain the highest amount of nutrients in their food-family. Avocadoes also have the highest amount of protein content, as compared to other fruits. They are also high in unsaturated fats, which help in preventing heart diseases. Ensure that you only server your baby ripe avocadoes. Apart from that, make sure that you properly wash the outside, remove the entire peel and then mash to obtain a smooth puree. Due to their high fat content, avocadoes can make your young one to feel full very fast. Therefore, only serve them in small portions, together with other foods like chicken or meat purees.
Bananas are filled with carbohydrates, which are very essential for providing sustained energy. According to research, the mucosal properties of bananas helps in coating the baby’s tummy, thus aiding in digestion. They also contain vast amounts of fiber, for supporting a healthy digestive tract. Bananas, unlike other food materials, are also safe for babies, since they come with a thick cover, which protects the inner edible part. When serving a banana to your baby, ensure that it is ripe, soft and thoroughly mashed. This makes them easy and fast to digest. As their digestive systems harden, they can then eat chopped bananas. These also need to be ripe.
Blueberries are great sources of micronutrients like zinc, magnesium, as well as vitamins A, E and K. This fruit is also has a high content of phosphorus, potassium and calcium. This makes them essential foods for healthy bone development. It would be safe and honest to label it as a super food. Some moms will tell you that blueberries are not safe for kids before 12 months are over. Most people confuse blueberries with raspberries, blackberries and strawberries, which are part of the rose family. They contain allergens that might cause digestive problems to babies. On the other hand, blueberries belong to a different group, which is totally unrelated to the rose family. This makes them completely safe and healthy for babies.
This highly nutritious vegetable supplies your baby with vital minerals and vitamins, needed for healthy growth and development. Broccoli is rich in vitamin C as well as soluble fiber. Soluble fiber loosens the bowels. It also helps in preventing constipation. When preparing broccoli for your baby, always sauté it in olive oil, or simply steam it. When sautéing it, ensure that you cook it thoroughly. Don’t feed the baby large amounts of this nutritious vegetable, since it might cause bloating and other discomforts. You can also combined pureed broccoli with beef or chicken. This will give the baby all the nutritional benefits of this vegetable, without exposing the excess nitrates.
Lentils are one of the most popular baby foods. They are rich in important nutrients like protein and fiber, needed for proper development. You can easily prepare lentils puree, using readily available materials in your kitchen. Lentils served alone can be difficult for the baby to digest. Therefore, serve or combine them with your baby’s favorite vegetables. You can also combine the lentils puree with healthy ingredients such as mashed chicken and potato, to add texture, nutrition and flavor to your baby’s diet. Apart from fiber and protein, lentils also contain iron needed for brain development, calcium for healthy bones as well as zinc that enhances the immune system. Red lentils are the most preferred since they cook faster and achieve a smoother texture as compared to other lentils.
Many pediatricians from the EU, UK, US, and Canada have recommended meats as one of the food for babies, who are learning to eat solids. Meat can also be introduced when the baby is around 6 to 8 months. Meats are rich in iron and proteins, making them perfect foods for healthy growth of your baby. The iron contained in meats is easily absorbed. Baking is the best method of preparing meats for your baby. It locks in all the crucial nutrients. You can also puree the meat but you need to ensure that it is cold. Give the meat a good pounding to tenderize it as much as possible. Avoid processed meats like deli meats, hams, and frankfurters. To prevent meat chocking, don’t give your baby chunks or pieces of meat until he has several teeth.
Although most parents opt for rice and other iron-filled cereals as the baby’s first food, you don’t have to limit your options. Prunes are good options, when combined with other fruits. They are very nutritious, sodium free, low in cholesterol, high in fiber, and rich in various vitamins like A and C. Prunes and plums are great in constipation. They are also a low-allergy risk and many babies love them due to their sweet taste. Mix their purees with other foods to give a new taste and make them more palatable. You can also dilute them with breast or formula milk.
8. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are available in two main varieties: creamy-fleshed and orange fleshed. They are recommended as babies’ food, due to their high fiber content and Vitamin C. They are also rich in beta-carotene, very powerful antioxidant known for preventing various types of cancer while mopping up free radicals. Most babies love sweet potatoes over other types of vegetables due to their naturally sweet taste. Once they are cooked and mashed, they form an excellent and smooth puree, which is easy to eat and digest even for toddlers who are transitioning to solid foods.
9. Winter Squash
Most babies love butternut squash and acorn, due to their velvety and smooth consistence and their naturally sweet flavor. What makes them a wonderful food for your baby, is their high content of calcium and vitamins. Squash can be introduced to the baby’s diet as early as the 4th month. Other health benefits of butternut squash include good eyesight, immune function, reduction in inflammations and antioxidant properties. They also exhibit antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. The best way to cook squash is baking or roasting them. This way, you are able to lock in most of the nutrients while retaining the best flavor.
Creamy yogurt is rich in protein, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D, which are very essential for strong teeth and healthy bones. Yoghurt also contains probiotics, a certain type of healthy bacteria, which support the immune system and help in digestion. Little ones also require fat in their diets. Therefore, pediatricians recommend whole-milk yoghurt instead of the fat-free varieties. Apart from that, look for a yoghurt variety that contains the highest amount of live cultures. You should also avoid giving your baby flavored yoghurts as well as those containing high quantities of sugar. If you want to flavor the babies’ yoghurt, just add in a little fruit puree and stir until you obtain a consistent texture. Babies below one year might react to the milk proteins. Therefore, consult your pediatrician first before giving them any milk-related product.
11. Cooked Peas
These amazing little vegetables are a great way to introduce solids and greens to your little one. They naturally have a sweet flavor and they are filled with nutrition, making them one of the best baby foods. Apart from their wonderful nutrition, they also provide teething gums relief when frozen. This tiny vegetable is an explosion of taste, nutrition, and versatility. Another benefit of these small vegetable is that they don’t lose flavor or nutrients after freezing. The best way of cooking them is through boiling or steaming, using small amounts of water. For a sweet, nice flavor, cook them in a homemade vegetable, beef stock or chicken. They can also be served with winter squash or summer squash.
12. Peach Chunks
The beta-carotene in peaches, combined with sweet and mild flavor makes them a perfect first fruit. Apart from being delicious, you can mix peach puree with a variety of other veggies, veggies, poultry purees, and meat. Buy them during summer when they are still affordable and freeze them for the rest of the year. Due to their hard outer cover, they don’t lose much nutrients. When buying them, look out for the deep orange colored ones, with a reddish blush. The fruit should be free of bruises, nicks or other blemishes. Puree them in a food processor after thoroughly washing them. You can also use a food blender. Mix them with other food items like fruits, meats, and vegetables.
13. Shredded Cooked Chicken
As previously mentioned, most pediatricians around the world recommend that meats, including chicken and turkey should be introduced to the baby after 8 to 10 months. However, this recommendation is slowly changing. Introducing chicken to the baby earlier helps in maintaining optimum iron levels as well as providing sufficient zinc levels. Chicken is high in iron and protein. Chicken is also easily digested, making it one of the best meats to introduce to babies. You can alternate between chicken and turkey, and see how your baby responds to them. When cooking chicken, boil it in small amounts of water then add some vegetables. You can also bake them for a higher nutrient retention.
14. Cooked Pasta
Most varieties of pasta on the market are fortified with minerals and vitamins, making them a highly nutritious food for babies. They are also loaded with carbohydrates, which is need for strength. However, most parents avoid giving their babies pasta, due to this same carbohydrate. The good news is that pasta contains whole carbohydrate, and not the refined form. Refined carbohydrates like white bread or candy, are harder to digest as compared to the non-refined ones. For safety reasons, pasta should only be given to babies when they are at least 9 months old. However, if your baby suffered from wheat intolerance before, keep off from pasta.
15. Leafy Green Vegetables
Leafy green vegetable purees are filled with essential nutrients and vitamins for your little one. Pediatricians recommend introducing them first before the sweet varieties. Most of the nutritious vegetables are not available in baby formulas. Therefore, you can always prepare some at home to supplement what you are already feeding your baby. When preparing them, clean them thoroughly, then puree in a blender using juice and water. You will definitely love simplicity and ease of preparing various vegetable recipes.
16. Baby Cereal
Fortified with iron, baby cereals provide babies with all the iron needed for healthy growth and development. Although babies are with a rich supply of iron, it usually starts depreciating around the 5th month. On the other hand, breast milk does not provide sufficient amounts of iron, thus the importance of iron-rich foods. If your little one has just started on solids, it is advisable to give them iron-fortified rice cereals. It is highly recommended as the first cereal for babies due to its minimal allergic reaction. As the baby grows older, you can mix the infant cereal with some fruits. Fruit material makes the infant cereal thicker and more consistent.
17. Low Mercury Fish
Oily fish like sardines, salmon and halibut are among the best sources of Omega-3. They also contain all the 9 amino acids, making them a complete protein. However, you should avoid sardines, due to the practical issues they present as a baby food. On the other hand, tuna and halibut are higher in mercury, ruling them out. This leaves salmon as the best fish for feeding your baby. Fish provides various benefits, to both adults and babies including increased focus, improved vision, enhanced immunity and preventing various ailments like eczema. Apart from shellfish, you can feed pureed fish to your baby as early as the 6th month, when he or she starts eating solids.
Milk is rich in calcium, which is essential for building strong bones and teeth. It also helps in muscle control and blood clotting. Milk also contain vitamin D, which aids in the absorption of calcium. It is also rich in protein, which is needed for growth as well as carbohydrates for energy supply. While it may seem obvious to introduce cow milk to your baby, you should wait until the baby is 2 years old. The digestive system of younger babies is not strong enough to handle the extra minerals and sodium present in cow milk. Additionally, cow milk is also hard to digest. Don’t give your baby more than 4 cups of milk per day.
19. Teething Crackers
When babies start teething, it is always a challenging moment. There is always that constant drool, as well as increased fussiness. Your little one will also be chewing on everything that comes their way. That is where teething crackers come in. These are specifically developed to promote natural teeth development and relieve tender gums. Most teething crackers have a hard texture, which encourages biting and chewing. This is very important towards gum development. Use teething crackers when your baby shows signs of irritability, dribbling, swollen gums and refusing food. Check out with your local pediatrician before introducing teething crackers, to determine whether there are choking risks.
20. Cage Free Eggs
Eggs are full of healthy greatness. The white portion, commonly known as the egg white is made up of proteins. On the other hand, the yolk provides vitamins A, D and E, as well as zinc and vitamin B12. The yolk is also rich in choline. According to research, choline is vital for brain health development and functioning. Previously, pediatricians used to advise parents to avoid eggs as baby food material, mainly due to their high allergic reaction. However, that has gradually changed, and medical experts believe that you should only avoid eggs as baby food if there is a history of allergy in the family. Due to their high protein content as well as other vital nutrients, consult your pediatrician to determine the right time for introducing eggs.
Ghee is a form of butter with a very high nutritional content. When given in the right amounts, it provides essential elements needed for your baby’s growth and development. Your baby requires approximately 1500 calories per day. Feeding ghee to the baby is one the fastest means of achieving that calorie count while giving him energy all day. Close to 35% of calories needed for the growing baby, are derived from fats, making ghee a great choice. However, don’t feed the baby fried or oily food. Come up with ways to incorporate ghee in the baby’s diet. Some of the benefits of ghee as a baby food include easy to digest, lactose friendly, rich in vitamins, and promotes healthy brain development. Include a few drops of ghee in the baby’s diet after 7 months.
Carrots, among other root vegetables like sweet potatoes provide the perfect weaning food, since they are naturally sweet. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a certain antioxidant that makes them appear orange. Once it is in the body, beta-carotene is immediately converted into vitamin. It plays a crucial role in healthy vision and overall body growth. Cooking them enhances their natural sweetness, making them appealing to babies. Babies naturally have a tendency of sweet flavors. When preparing carrots for your baby, ensure they are properly cooked and very soft. After that, puree them. However, if your baby is already eating finger foods with higher texture, give them properly diced carrots.
Cheese is naturally a rich source of protein, which is necessary for proper growth and development. It also contains calcium, which is essential for strong teeth and bones. It is also rich in riboflavin or vitamin B2 that helps in conversion of fat, carbohydrates, and proteins, into energy. Look for Swiss cheese, since it is slightly sweeter and will therefore appeal to your baby. Cut your cheese into small, diced pieces, to eliminate any choking hazard. You should only feed cheese to older babies who are already eating finger foods, since their digestive systems are used to foods of different textures.
24. Dried Fruits
Most mothers are eager to introduce a variety of flavors and tastes to their babies. Dried fruits are one of them. Although all the water in dried fruits is squeezed out, they still retain their natural flavor, taste and nutrients. Dried fruits, just like other forms of fruits are safe for babies when they are at least 9 months old. Dried fruits prevent anemia, provide energy, relief constipation, prevents DNA damage, contain probiotics and they are good for healthy eye and bone development. There are numerous delicious ways to add dried fruits to your baby’s diet. Break up the clumps to make the feeding process easier. You also need to the larger fruit varieties into small pieces. Keep a close eye on the baby to watch out for choking hazards.
25. Whole Wheat
There has always been a raging debate, concerning the suitability of wheat as babies’ food. Some friends and relatives will tell you that you should only introduce wheat when the baby is at least 3 years old. Others will tell you that wheat should only come after introduction of other grains. The truth is, unrefined wheat products like grain cereals as well as grain breads, are a rich source of carbohydrates. Wheat can be introduced to the baby’s diet together with other solid foods after six months. Whole wheat is also rich in vitamins and tends to be a natural laxative. When introducing whole wheat, choose simple recipes and avoid wheat flour. Apart from that, stop using it when the baby shows any signs of allergy or asthma.
Oatmeal porridge and cereal is a healthy baby food that can be introduced as early as the 4th month. Oats are high in calcium, protein, calcium and various B vitamins, vitamin K and E. They are also high in energy and good for the immune system. Steel cut oats are known to be more nutritious and healthier, as compared to quick cook, instant or rolled oats. Due to their minimal processing, steel cut oats retain more nutrients. Oats are also among the least allergic foods you can give your baby. You can add your baby’s favorite pureed vegetables and fruits to make the oatmeal porridge even more nutritious.
27. Ragi Porridge
Ragi is a very healthy superfood, which helps babies gain weight in a healthy way. It is rich in protein, calcium and iron. When regularly consumed, it strengthens bones and teeth while improving overall health. You can start introducing it together with most other solids when the baby is 6 months old. Homemade ragi is the best for babies. First, you are sure about the ingredients used while ensuring it has not been contaminated. Secondly, it has not been over processed and thus retains all the key nutrients. Start with plain diluted porridge for a week, and then proceed to semi-solid when the baby gets comfortable. To enhance iron absorption, blend your ragi porridge with fruits rich in vitamin C such as pears and apples.
Potato is one of the most popular vegetables on earth. Its benefits for babies include skin protection, liver protection, healing skin burns, antiviral properties, and gastrointestinal health. It is one of the easiest vegetables to introduce to your baby’s diet. Potato is easy to digest and supplies high amounts of energy, keeping your baby active throughout the day. However, due to its high calorie content combined with its low content of other nutrients, it is advisable to introduce it when the baby is around 8 to 10 months. During the early stages, only use steamed or mashed potatoes. Making a paste makes it easy for the baby to digest. Only feed small amounts.
29. Virgin Coconut Oil
Virgin coconut oil is one of the most nourishing things you can introduce to your baby. It can be applied to the skin directly or included in the diet. When used in baby’s food, it comes with a host of benefits that include boosting the baby’s immune system, improving the baby’s digestion, and helps to clear eczema. Coconut oil is also hypoallergenic, and is rich in lauric acid. This makes food digestion a lot easier. It also enhances the absorption of nutrients from vegetables such as leafy green, pumpkins, squash, and carrots as well. Due to the above properties, virgin coconut oil is a great addition to baby’s food. Coconut allergies are very rare.
30. Olive Oil
Although olive oil and breast milk don’t look or taste alike, they are surprisingly similar in many ways. Extra virgin olive oil is rich in omega 6 and omega 3 in similar quantities to breast milk fat. It also contains the same percentage of linoleic acid, which makes it an indispensable ingredient for brain development. Similar to virgin coconut oil, olive oil is easy to digest, prevents constipation and helps gastric functioning. It also plays a major role in the absorption of vitamin D especially in growing babies. It also regulates phosphorus and calcium while encouraging uptake of minerals that are necessary for ossification. When pureeing meat or vegetables, just add a teaspoon of olive oil and watch your baby gain weight in a healthy way.
Cabbage has a crunch and mild flavor that babies tend to love more than the normal green salads. Similar to other cruciferous vegetables like kale and broccoli, cabbage is rich in phytonutrients, which reduce the risk of many forms of cancer. When included in baby’s food, cabbage improves digestion and clears harmful toxins by triggering the release of certain enzymes. The best way to add cabbage to your baby’s food is by shredding it and adding it into soups. You can also include it in dishes containing Asian noodles as well.
Root vegetables provide a great starting point during weaning. Parsnips are not a very common vegetable. Therefore, they are mostly overlooked when it comes to babies’ food. Although they are related to carrots, they are tasty, nutritious and delicious, which is a good combination for babies food. Introduce them to the baby’s diet when she is 6 to 8 months old. They can also be used as finger food for your baby. Parsnips are rich in vitamin C and calcium. They also contain some protein fiber as well. Parsnips are winter veggies. Therefore, they will have the best flavor during extreme winter freezing. Roast or steam them. You can then puree them with carrots, sweet potatoes, or apples.
Cherries are a clear sign that summer is here. Not only are they delicious, cherries are packed with important nutrients for your growing baby. A single cup of raw, pitted cherries contains up to 20 mg of calcium. They are also rich in antioxidants, which help to boost the immune system, while keeping the baby strong and healthy. Cherries have high melatonin content, known for calming the nervous system and dealing with irritability. So, when your toddler seems irritated, just give her food with cherries included and you will see a difference. They can be fed to the baby in different ways, including a simple cherry puree, pureed with apples, pureed with oatmeal, pureed with a banana or whichever way your baby loves them. Introduce them when the baby is at least 8 months old.
Papayas are not only sweet, versatile and tasty fruits, but they are also highly nutritious. They are rich in vitamin A, C and E. Its orange-pinkish color is a clear indication that they have a high beta-carotene and lycopene content. Both chemicals are anti-oxidants. Additionally, papayas also contain anti-inflammatory properties, making them useful in suppressing symptoms of conditions such as asthma. These fruits also help in strengthening the immune system. They therefore provide a great natural protection for your baby against colds as well as other minor infections. Your baby can eat them from as early as the 6th month.
Loaded with iron, vitamin C and other essential nutrients, pumpkins are nutritious and delicious additions to your baby’s diet. Calcium and magnesium present in pumpkins builds stronger bones while phosphorus enhances hormone balance and brain development. Pumpkins have a high content of vitamin A, which is very useful for good vision. They also contain fiber, which aids digestion while regulating the baby’s bowel movements. This helps to prevent constipation. Since they contain a significant amount of potassium, they provide reliable energy to the baby. They can be baked or boiled and the pureed alone or with different other foods like fruits and vegetables.
“An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.” Apples are good for your health. They are sweet and tasty, making it easy to mix with a variety of baby’s foods. One of the most significant nutritional components of these fruits is that they contain two main types of fiber, the soluble fiber and the insoluble fiber. Both forms of fiber helps in regulating bowel movement thus helping in prevention of constipation, colon cancer and diverticulosis. When buying apples for only choose the organic varieties. Bake them in regulated temperatures for around 45 minutes, mash them, or make a puree.
Tofu is a good finger food, since you can dice or chop it into small pieces. It is soft as well as easy to chew. However, you should know that tofu is soy product. Therefore, don’t give it to babies who have shown signs of soy allergy. Introduce tofu when the baby is at least 8 months old. It is a great source of iron, calcium and most importantly protein. Due to its versatility, it can be eaten raw, baked or even sautéed and then added to soups. Tofu is available in 3 main forms, silken, firm and soft. Firm tofu has the highest amounts of protein and iron. The soft and silken varieties are commonly used for sauces, smoothies and soups.
38. Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)
Just like other beans, chickpeas supply the body with high protein as well as fiber. They are affordable, readily available and versatile. They also strengthen the immune system, prevents anemia, act as a laxative and a good boost for the immune system. As much as they are very healthy, they can cause bloating or gas in your baby’s stomach. Therefore, introduce them moderately. They can be cooked throughout the year and they are easy to prepare. You can include them in soups, salads or even curries. Ensure that you soak them overnight prior to cooking.
This wonderful nutritious vegetable is a worthy addition to your baby’s diet. It is high in fiber, rich in vitamin C and a reliable source of B vitamins and folates. Cauliflower is also high in phytonutrients and anti-oxidants. These protect the baby’s body against serious illnesses such as cancer while supporting a healthy heart. Cauliflowers with a purple curd are rich in antioxidant anthocyanin while those with an orange curd are rich in vitamin A. Cauliflower is not recommended as a baby’s first food due to gassing. It is best given to babies who are at least 7 months old.
40. Brown Rice
You can feed brown rice to your little one as early as the 4th month. It is easy to digest and rarely causes allergic reactions. Brown rice is preferred over white rice since it is more nutritious. It is not overly processed. It is easy to make, readily available and inexpensive. If your little one is suffering from constipation, include a bit of brown rice in her diet and you will notice a considerable improvement. Cook it using a rice cooker, and then puree it before feeding it to the baby. You can mix brown rice puree with yogurt, vegetables, and fruits.
Quinoa is packed with calcium, iron and fiber. It also contains a high protein content, as well as various vitamins and minerals. The best way to cook it is through rinsing and toasting. Rinsing helps to remove the bitterness. Rinsing also helps to remove saponins. It is best served to babies who are at least 10 months old. During this period, the baby’s digest system is tough enough to handle quinoa. Quinoa can be prepared just like rice. It does not take long to cook. Avoid adding salt to the recipe, especially for baby’s food.
42. Flax Seeds
Babies require fat in their diet for brain development and overall growth. Although flax seed oil is famous for healthy fats, it also enhances uptake of essential fatty acids. It is also rich in alpha linoleic acid. Flax seeds also contain protein and fiber, which are nutrients necessary for optimal digestion. Adding flax seeds to the baby’s diet can minimize the production of inflammatory compounds and reduce risk of rheumatoid arthritis. If you observe any signs of intolerance or allergy, withdraw them from your baby’s food as soon as possible, and consult your pediatrician.
Kamut is one of the best finger foods that you can introduce to your baby. It has retained its nutritional composition and structure for more than 1000 years. It contains amino acids, and 30% more protein than your ordinary wheat. It is also rich in vitamin E, phosphorus, riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, complex carbohydrates, pantothenic acid, and fatty acids, making it a high energy. It is less bitter and much sweeter than traditional wheat, making it a great addition to babies’ foods. Due to its relation to wheat, it is advisable to introduce it after 8 to 10 months, when the baby’s digestive system has hardened.
Asparagus is a nutrient-rich vegetable, which is great to introduce when the baby starts feeding on solids. Many people agree that it is the perfect baby weaning food, due to its easy preparation and an amazing source of iron, calcium and fiber. For pureeing, use organic-frozen or fresh asparagus. Ensure you strain the puree after preparation in order to remove the stringy fibers. If your baby has had previous digestive issues, it would be advisable to wait until after 10 months before introducing it to the baby’s food.
45. Chia Seeds
Despite their tiny size, chia seeds are packed with powerful nutrients. In fact, one ounce of these seeds contains at least 139 calories, 9 grams of fat, 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, a healthy dose of manganese and calcium and antioxidants as well. Unlike flax seeds, these are unprocessed and readily absorbed by the body. Their nutty, mild flavor gives them versatility to add to various foods and beverages. When included in the diet, they provide energy, boost strength, and aid in intestinal regularity. You can add them to yogurts, rice dishes, salads, smoothies and fruit purees.
As you can see, you can never run out of options when it comes to finding the best food for your baby. Before introducing solid food material to your baby, talk to a pediatrician, concerning the baby’s readiness for solid food material as well as the type of foods to introduce and the timelines. Apart from that, introduce one food at a time and then wait for at least 3 days, to see if there are any allergic reactions to the new food.
P.S. Thanks, Brian!