Infant feeding can be a real daunting task. The struggle of finding the right healthy meal options for optimal growth coupled with fussy eating habits of children, mums of today are most likely to continuously stick to the one recipe or food brand their infant tolerates most and this act may result in certain unforeseen nutrient deficiencies in the child. Healthy eating should always adapt the principles of variety, balance and moderation.
Below are a few healthy modification, moms can try when cooking staples for their infants, to increase nutrient content of meals.
– Blend cooked vegetables (beet root, carrot, turkey berry, fresh Moringa leaves) and use as base for cooking rice.
– Cooked Vegetables can be diced or grated into rice (beet root, carrot).
– Coconut flesh and water can be blended and used as base.
– Coconut pulp and water can be blended and used as base for preparing porridges. Especially corn, oats & wheat based porridges.
– Boiled yam/potatoes can be mashed with grated carrot or beet roots.
– Vegetables can be steamed and mixed with mashed yam/potato.
– Fruits (washed and cleaned) can be mashed and mixed with milk. Fruits like pawpaw, banana, mango or soursop.
[Fruit – one portion, Milk – 3 teaspoons, or yoghurt – 240mls]