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Remember when you held your baby in your arms for the first time? You made a promise that you would always love her and take good care of her. Keeping your baby healthy and happy is a sure way to take care of her.
One of the most important ways you can bring up a healthy baby is to really pack the nutrition into her food, and each meal time, you get the opportunity to do just that. Try these quick tips, and you’ll never let go of them!
Steam, puree, freeze.
Veggies like carrot, beetroot, cauliflower, pumpkin, broccoli, and spinach don’t just add colour – they are also filled with essential nutrients. Adding these to your baby’s diet is pretty easy. Just wash about half a kg of any one of these vegetables. Peel if necessary, and then, steam the vegetable till soft and squidgy. Let it cool down on the kitchen counter, and then blend it into a puree. Pour it into a sterilized container, freeze it, and breathe!
Sample recipe: Oats Porridge
You can add a colourful and nutrient-packed vegetable puree into any porridge with oats, sooji, ragi, etc. Just boil some water and add oats, jaggery, and a couple of spoonfuls of the puree. Stir it around for a good 3-4 minutes, and yummy oats porridge is ready!
Wash, roast, powder.
There might be days when you are super busy and don’t have time to chop and cook vegetables. These powders will be your baby’s powerhouse for nutrition on those days, and, of course, they can be used every day, too! You can make these powders from leafy greens like curry leaves or moringa leaves, dry fruits like cashews, almonds, and walnuts, and seeds like sesame, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds.
Wash the leaves thoroughly, and dry them under the fan. You don’t need to do this step for dry fruits. Now, take a pan, and on low heat, roast them till they give off a nice aroma and have completely dried up. Pulse-grind them once they have cooled down. Grinding them continuously will turn them into a paste, as dry fruits release oil. Now, store the powder in a clean container for use.
Sample recipe: Curry Leaf Rice
Take some steaming hot rice, add half a spoon of ghee, and half a spoon of curry leaf powder. Serve!
Try these recipes and tips – they’re super handy, super easy to make and follow, and make you feel like a super mom!
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