Green Vegetables With Rice Cereal. A complete meal in itself for babies 8 months and above.
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 are 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 helps 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 until 8 months or later. It might cause gas to sensitive little tummies. I gave my daughter broccoli at the end of 7 months 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.
Green Vegetables With Rice Cereal
- 2 French Beans
- 2 to 3 Florets Of Broccoli
- Handful Of Peas
- 1 tbsp Rice Cereal
- A dash of Garlic Powder
- A dash of Cumin Powder
- 1/2 cup Water
How To Make It:
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 with a masher or a food processor.
Add rice cereal to this mixture.
- You can add the little bit of unsalted butter to this recipe if the baby is ready to have dairy.
- 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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