Green vegetables are an important part of a daily diet, especially for babies. With rapid growth and development happening in these young bodies, green vegetables provide essential nutrients and fuel. Hence serving babies, different combinations of green vegetables is extremely important. In the following recipe, I have combined french beans, broccoli, and peas, along with garlic and cumin. And served it with rice cereal. It is a very nutritious lunch or dinner option.
Green beans, broccoli, and peas – All three are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, and folate. All the three vegetables have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Peas help in blood sugar regulation and stomach cancer prevention. While broccoli not only help in maintaining digestive health, cardiovascular support and detoxication of the body, as well as help prevent cancer. Peas and french beans can be introduced as early as 6 months, but it’s better to hold broccoli till 8 months or later. It might cause gas to sensitive little tummies. I gave my daughter broccoli at the end of 7 month without any tummy issues.
Serving too much broccoli is not good for babies. It has naturally occurring nitrates, which if consumed more, can turn into nitrites. And these nitrites can harm your baby by blocking oxygen supply to the young body. Also broccoli has soluble fiber, this helps in loosen up the bowels as it changes its form as it passes through the digestive tract. An overabundance of soluble fiber in a diet may produce diarrhea. So it’s always better to add broccoli to other vegetables or meat as an “add on” in small quantities.
I have used garlic and cumin as flavoring agents here. They not only help in enhancing the taste and aroma, but also reduce the pungent smell of cooked broccoli. So, serve these vegetables and give your baby her daily dose of Greens.
- 2 french beans
- 2 to 3 florets of broccoli
- Hand full of peas
- Dash of garlic powder
- Dash of cumin powder
- ½ cup water
- 1 tablespoon rice cereal
- Wash french beans and broccoli well. Cut them into pieces
- In a pot add all the vegetables along with spices and water.
- Once the vegetables are all cooked well, run them through a masher or a food processor.
- Add rice cereal to this mixture.
Adjust water and quantity of rice cereal according to your preference.
If the puree gets too watery then add more cereal to it. And if it gets too thick after the cereal is added, then add some water to acquire the desired consistency.
You can use any baby cereal with this recipe. (Oats, Wholegrain, Multigrain etc)
Talk to your baby’s Pediatrician before starting any new food.
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