Looking for a finger food for your little one that is both tasty and nutritious? Pomegranates are a great alternative to common snacks, such as Cheerios, that caregivers often place in front of their babies at mealtime. Not only are they delicious, they also have many nutritional and developmental benefits.
“Pom poms”, as my 12 month old son refers to them as, are often labeled as a superfood. They are jam packed with vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, and fiber. Pomegranates are also a great source of antioxidants which are responsible for protecting the body from the harmful effects of free radicals.
So, clearly pomegranates are nutritious. But, how else can eating these tasty, tiny, bright red seeds benefit your little one? Picking up the small seeds with their chubby little fingers will not only work on your child’s fine motor development, but also their hand-eye coordination. Once they grasp this concept, try putting the seeds in a small container for your child. You’ll be amazed by how much they enjoy taking them out of (and even putting them back in) the container! The seeds are great as a counting tool as well. Something as simple as taking them out one at a time and saying “1, 2, 3…” is enough to get their little brains working and their vocabulary growing!
Pomegranates are in season during the winter months when other favorite fruits, such as strawberries and blueberries, are not as readily available. And, believe it or not, you don’t have to go through the hassle of peeling and picking out the seeds. Of course you can if you would like. But for all you caregivers out there that don’t have the patience or the time for that (like myself), you can buy them ready to eat!
This post was submitted by Janel Park, one of our Certified IntellidanceTM Instructors. Click here to read more about Janel or see her class schedule.