The first porridge for complementary foods: everything every mother should know

Porridges are among the first to appear on the menu of small gourmets. And this is not accidental, because cereals contain a lot of B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, zinc, carbohydrates and fats. But in order for the crumb to assimilate them and extract the maximum benefit from the dish, the preparation of porridge requires careful preparation, and cereals require pre—processing.

A fun start
First of all, the cereal should be thoroughly rinsed in warm water at least 3 times. Only semolina, small wheat groats «Artek», oat flakes like «Hercules» and buckwheat bread are not washed. Then the cereal is dried and ground in a coffee grinder or blender to turn it into powder. Cooking porridge for infants at the initial stage is recommended on water or vegetable broth. Breast milk or infant formula are not suitable for this: most of the nutrients that make up them are destroyed during boiling. Cow’s milk, even diluted with water, is also not suitable: the baby’s stomach will not cope with it, besides, many children develop allergies to this product.

Little tricks
If a little picky from the very beginning disliked porridge, some tricks will help to make the dish more attractive. If you have cooked porridge on water, add breast milk or the usual mixture in an amount equal to half the volume of one feeding to the already prepared dish. If you decide to cook porridge on vegetable broth, use vegetables that the crumbs like, whether it’s zucchini, cauliflower or broccoli. As for sugar and salt, try to do without these unsafe seasonings for as long as possible. Otherwise, the baby may have a craving for sweet and salty, which will definitely not benefit him. To make the porridge tastier, you can add 4-5 g of butter to the plate, but if the child has a food allergy, it is better to use 1 tsp of vegetable.

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