In the initial months, after introducing solids to my daughter. I gave her various combinations of fruits and vegetables. She enjoyed most of them, but she hated few. One of them was ‘banana’, which she still frowns at. So there came a point where, she had tried all the fruits and vegetables combinations which I could think of. Now, she wanted something different. I thought it was a perfect time to introduce grains in her diet. I started with quinoa and then added ‘millet’. Though it is said that you can introduce babies to millet from 6 months, but I wanted to play safe and introduced her at 8 months.
Millet is a nutritious and versatile option for baby food. It can be used as baby cereal, porridge as well as can be added with fruits and vegetables. It is a good source of protein. Besides protein, it also contains vitamin B, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron. Millet help in energy metabolism, enzyme activity, nervous system regulation and red blood cell production. These little grains are easily available pre- packed, in most of the whole food stores. After opening the packet, it’s always good to store them in airtight containers at a cool dry place.
- 2 tablespoon millet
- few small florets of broccoli
- 1/4 cup cut carrot
- A dash of garlic powder
- A dash of cumin powder
- 1 cup water
- Wash broccoli and carrots well. Cut carrots into small pieces.
- In a pot add millet, broccoli and carrot along with spices and water.
- Cook till everything turns mushy and tender. Adjust water according to your need.
- Once done, smash or run through food processor.
Talk to your baby’s Pediatrician before starting any new food.
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