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Importance of the Grains for children

There is such a wide variety of grains and legumes. Theses are very nutritive and good for digestion.

Grains can be the seeds of grasses, the most commonly known being oats, brown rice, wheat, barley and rye. Grain’s seed is made up of by three parts, the first part is the germ or heart of the seed, is high is all B vitamins, vitamin E, Iron, Protein and Carbohydrates. The second part is the covering the germ is endosperm, which is the largest part of the grain and it contains, carbohydrate and a trace amount of minerals and vitamins. A. Third part are brans, it is an outer covering and it provides fibre, B vitamins, and trace amount proteins and minerals.

There are much kind of grains bellow chart is the summary of grains name and their importance.

Grain Name Importance
Brown Rice Good in digestion. Supplies B vitamins, calcium, phosphorus and iron.
Millet Rich in iron, easy to digest, gives protein when combine with milk, good source of B vitamins.
Barley Fairly easy to digest, trace amount of minerals are found
Oats Rich in protein, iron and vitamin B. Easy to digest.
Wheat High in protein, vitamin E and Vitamin B. It is less easily digesting therefore not allowed for children less than seven months. But bulgur or cracked wheat can be allowed to six month old babies and older.
Buckwheat Rich in calcium. Good source of Vitamin C. Fairly easy to digest.
Rye Rich in potassium, Vitamin E, magnesium, silicone and unsaturated fatty acids ( food which prevents heart diseases)

Comparison of nutrients found in 100 grams of whole raw grains. 

Grain names Iron in mg Calcium in mg Vitamin B1 in mg Vitamin B2 in mg Niacin in mg Protein in mg Protein quality in percent Calories
Wheat 3.1 36 0.57 0.12 4.3 14.0 60 330 to 340
Buckwheat 3.1 114 0.60 00 4.4 11.7 65 335 to 350
Barley 2.7 34 0.21 0.07 3.7 9.6 60 348 to 358
Millet 6.8 20 0.73 0.38 2.3 9.9 55 327 to 330
Rye 3.7 38 0.43 0.22 1.6 12.1 58 334 to 340
Oats 4.5 53 0.60 0.14 1.0 14.2 66 390 to 400
Rice 1.6 32 0.34 0.05 4.5 7.5 70 360 to 380

Tip: Vitamin E is destroyed quickly by exposure to the air. If you grind any grains in the powder for baby food then grind it in very small quantity. Then keep it in an air tight container in the fridge for one month.

Recipes: 

Buckwheat scones

Serves 6
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 40 minutes
Allergy Egg, Milk
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Serve Hot
Occasion Casual Party, Formal Party

Ingredients

  • 100g Buckwheat flour
  • 100g rice flour
  • 25g sugar
  • 1 banana or apple
  • 100 Grams tofu
  • 1 egg
  • 150ml milk
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
  • 70g butter or margarine
  • salt to taste

Note

This recipe is written by www.thepostnatal.com.

Directions

Step 1
Beat the banana or apple or tofu to a smooth puree with the milk and egg.
Step 2
Mix all the dry ingredients for the scones together with the butter or margarine.
Step 3
Fold the floor mixture into the puree. Do not over mix and do not leave to stand at this point or you will loose the light structure to the scones.
Step 4
Pour the mixture on baking tray lined with parchment paper or by butter.
Step 5
Bake it in the oven on 220°C / 425°F / Gas Mark 7 for 20 to 22 minutes until it becomes brown.
Step 6
Serve hot with jam or cream.

White Bean Soup

Serves 4
Prep time 40 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 1 hour
Dietary Diabetic, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Appetizer, Soup, Starter
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Occasion Formal Party
This recipe is written by www.thepostnatal.com.

Ingredients

  • 400g cans butter beans 3 cans (drained and rinsed)
  • 900ml vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 clove garlic (finely chopped)
  • 6 tomatoes (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander
  • salt (to taste)
  • fresh black pepper (to taste)

Note

This healthy and nutritious recipe have 150 calories per servings.

This recipe is given by www.thepostnatal.com

Directions

Step 1
Put the beans and stock in a medium saucepan, bring to boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes.
Step 2
Now remove one third of beans in another pot. Remaining beans you can mashed it by blender or food processor into fine pure. Now mixed the beans the and pure into one saucepan.
Step 3
Add olive oil in the saucepan, add garlic then fry gently till golden color appears. Now add chopped tomatoes and simmer it fir 5 to 8 minutes.
Step 4
Stir the mixture meanwhile. Add salt, black pepper and coriander mix well, stop heating. Serve hot.
Step 5
Instead of cans beans, you can also used dried beans approx 500gms, just by soaking it into water for overnight. Drain it and cooked into water for 20 minutes in pressure cooker or 40 to 50 minutes in microwave or on hob. Till it becomes soft for pure.

Gluten free foods and Recipes

Gluten is a protein but generally most of the people got allergy with it. In this article you will find foods which are free from gluten, gluten free products and gluten free recipes.

Foods that are gluten free:

  • All fresh meat and fish.
  • All fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Fresh herbs and plain or individual spices.
  • Corn and cornmeal like maize or sweetcorn.
  • Dried peas, lentils, pulses and beans.
  • Rice and wild rice.
  • Plain nuts and seeds.
  • Eggs.
  • Dairy products like milk, cream, natural, yoghurt, cheese.
  • Soya and tofu.
  • Sugar and honey.
  • Golden syrup and maple syrup.
  • Jams and marmalade.
  • Pure oils and fats,
  • Vanilla essence and extract.
  • Fresh and dried yeast.
  • Tomato puree.
  • Vinegars.

Terms used by factory manufacturers that contains gluten:

  • Barley starch, Bran, Binder, Bulgar and crackled wheat.
  • Cereal, cereal protein, Couscous.
  • Durum wheat, flour, kamut (an ancient and organic grain type),  Fillers
  • Malt and malt Barely, pear barley.
  • Oat bran, oat germ and oatmeal, porridge oats, rolled oats,
  • Rusk, rye starch, semolina, thickener
  • Tritcale ( a mixture of wheat and rye)
  • Vegetable gum, vegetable starch,
  • wheat bran, wheat germ, wheat meal, wheat rusk, wheat starch.

Naturally Gluten free cereals and grains :

  • Flours of Rice, soya, potato, corn, chestnut, cassava, ground cornmeal, gram or chickpea, buckwheat, lotus root, carob, millet and Quinoa flour.
  • Sorghum, arrowroot, linseed, sago and teff (an African grass).
  • You need to buy good quality and best brands to avoid contamination.

Breakfast Health Bars

Serves 12-14
Prep time 1 hour, 20 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 45 minutes
Allergy Egg, Wheat
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Serve Cold
Occasion Casual Party
Per bar nutrition is 148 Kcal. Healthy nutritional recipe brought by www.thepostnatal.com

Ingredients

  • 225g rice flakes
  • 200ml apple juice (organic if possible)
  • 750g butter
  • 40g Brown sugar
  • 2 Medium Eggs
  • 25g Almonds (nibbed)
  • 25g sunflower seeds
  • 60g figs (chopped)
  • 50g dates (chopped)
  • parchment paper

Directions

Step 1
Preheat the oven 180ºC / 350ºF / Gas Mark 4
Step 2
Place the rice flakes in a bowl and pour over the apple juice. Leave to soak foe minimum 1 hour, by which time all the apple juice be absorbed by rice flakes.
Step 3
Now take the butter and add the sugar, beat until pale, light and fluffy. In another bowl, whisk the eggs and gradually add to the creamed mixture. Beat together until combined.
Step 4
Add egg into rice flakes, nibbed almonds, sunflower seeds and chopped figs and dates.
Step 5
Pour all this mixture into tray which is covered with parchment paper, baked it for 25 minutes until pale golden color.
Step 6
Allow to cool, now cut into 12- 14 pieces. Store into an airtight container and consume within a week.

Chicken and garlic Soup

Serves 7-9
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 35 minutes
Total time 50 minutes
Allergy Egg
Dietary Gluten Free
Meal type Appetizer, Lunch, Side Dish, Snack, Soup, Starter
This nutritional recipe is brought by www.thepostnatal.com

Ingredients

  • 2-3 pieces Garlic (finely chopped)
  • 2 pieces Clove (whole)
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 5-6 spring of parsely
  • 2 skinless and boneless chicken
  • half teaspoon thyme (finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh black pepper (grounded)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 egg yolks (free range)
  • 2l water or chicken stalk

Directions

Step 1
Combine all the soup ingredients, except the chicken, in a large saucepan. Bring to boil and simmer for 30 minutes with cover.
Step 2
Strain into a bowl, pressing the juices out of the ingredients and return the liquid to the saucepan. Adjust the taste by adding seasoning.
Step 3
Mean time cut the chicken breasts into small pieces, now add into soup and simmer for 4-5 minutes.
Step 4
Whisk the egg yolk in a mixing bowl for 1 -3 minutes until thick and sticky, then whisk in the olive oil drop by drop to make a thick paste. This is called egg mixture.
Step 5
Just before serving, whisk the soup into the egg mixture and add parsley. Serve immediately with any home made bread.
Step 6
Per serving 224 Kcals.

Watermelon and feta salad

Serves 4
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 5 minutes
Total time 20 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Meal type Salad
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Serve Cold

Ingredients

  • 2-3 tablespoons Extra virgin oil
  • 75g Pine nuts
  • 225g feta cheese (cut into cubes)
  • 1-2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • salt
  • fresh black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons parsley (chopped)
  • 1/4 Medium watermelon (cut into cubes)

Note

Recipe brought You by www.thepostnatal.com

Directions

Step 1
Add extra virgin oil on the feta cheese cubes. Keep aside for some time.
Step 2
Just before serving, gently toss the watermelon and feta cubes together and sprinkle with the rest of the olive oil and lemon juice. Season with salt and black pepper.
Step 3
Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle parsley and eat Quickly!!!!
Step 4
Per serving 239 Kcal. Serves 4 people.

Vegetarian Moussaka

Serves 4
Prep time 40 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 10 minutes
Allergy Egg
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish
Misc Freezable, Serve Hot
Occasion Formal Party

Ingredients

  • 100g Red lentils (washed)
  • 200g tomatoes (chopped)
  • 200g aubergine (chopped)
  • 150ml water or vegetable stock
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • chopped coriander
  • 1 egg (optional)
  • 150g soft cheese
  • salt (to taste)

Note

This nutritional recipe is given by www.thepostnatal.com.

Directions

Step 1
Firstly slice the aubergine thinly and then sprinkle little salt on that. Leave these slice for 10 minutes.
Step 2
Cook red lentils in water or vegetable stock for 20 to 30 minutes until it becomes soft to touch.
Step 3
Now take a saucepan, add olive oil, garlic, onion, aubergine fry well until it becomes soft. Put these vegetables in cooked lentils. Now transfer this mixture in oven's tray. Sprinkle little salt (optional) to taste.
Step 4
Beat the eggs and add in the mixture, sprinkle soft cheese on the mixture. Keep this mixture in preheated oven on gas mark 6 or 400°F or 200°C, for 20 to 25 minutes. Serve hot.

Buckwheat scones

Serves 6
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 40 minutes
Allergy Egg, Milk
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Serve Hot
Occasion Casual Party, Formal Party

Ingredients

  • 100g Buckwheat flour
  • 100g rice flour
  • 25g sugar
  • 1 banana or apple
  • 100 Grams tofu
  • 1 egg
  • 150ml milk
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
  • 70g butter or margarine
  • salt to taste

Note

This recipe is written by www.thepostnatal.com.

Directions

Step 1
Beat the banana or apple or tofu to a smooth puree with the milk and egg.
Step 2
Mix all the dry ingredients for the scones together with the butter or margarine.
Step 3
Fold the floor mixture into the puree. Do not over mix and do not leave to stand at this point or you will loose the light structure to the scones.
Step 4
Pour the mixture on baking tray lined with parchment paper or by butter.
Step 5
Bake it in the oven on 220°C / 425°F / Gas Mark 7 for 20 to 22 minutes until it becomes brown.
Step 6
Serve hot with jam or cream.

Bacaon and Egg Pizza

Serves 4
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 45 minutes
Allergy Egg, Soy
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Serve Hot
Occasion Formal Party

Ingredients

  • 1 banana or apple or tofu
  • 150ml milk or water
  • 100g rice flour
  • 100g cornflour or corn meal
  • 25g soya flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 rashers bacon

Note

This healthy recipe is given by www.thepostnatal.com

Directions

Step 1
Beat the banana or apple or tofu to a smooth puree by a blender with the addition of milk and egg.
Step 2
Now first prepare base, you need to mix all the dry ingredients together with olive oil. Do not over mix and do not stand for long time because you will lose the light structure of the bread dough.
Step 3
Preheat the oven for 220°C / 425°F / Gas Mark 7 for 25 minutes. Take baking tray and pour all the mixture on that and cover with rashers of bacon.
Step 4
After 15 minutes take tray out add eggs on top and return the tray for cooking again.
Step 5
Hot pizza will ready, serve it hot. Nutritious recipe for all ages people.

Ideas for Sandwiches

Allergy Egg, Fish
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Meal type Bread, Breakfast, Lunch, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot

Note

For this recipe savoury fillings are, cheese, sardines in oil or brine, tuna in oil or brine, carrot,cucumber, lettuce, tomatoes, bean sprouts, cold meat.

Sweet Fillings: Jam, honey, black treacle, maple syrup, banana, fresh fruit slices.

This recipe is given by www.thepostnatal.com

Directions

Step 1
Spread the butter on both bread and use the different fillings which are given above.

Baby’s rice

Serves 4
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 15 minutes
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Lunch, Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot
Rice is a good source of B - vitamins and selenium, as well as slow-releasing energy, which is good for hungry babies. It is naturally gluten-free, which makes it easy for digestion. It can be refrigerated for 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

Ingredients

  • 50g brown and white rice
  • breast or formula milk (to thin)

Note

 

Rice is a good source of B - vitamins and selenium, as well as slow-releasing energy, which is good for hungry babies. It is naturally gluten-free, which makes it easy for digestion.
It can be refrigerated for 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

Directions

Step 1
Put the uncooked rice in a blender and blend to form a fine powder.
Step 2
Put the rice powder in a saucepan and pour over 250 ml boiling water, then cook over a low heat for 5 minutes, until the water has absorbed and the mixture has thickened.
Step 3
Take the rice off the heat and stir in the milk.

 

 

 

Five day menu plan for weaning

Feeding Plan: getting started

Infants who are weaned at 6 months may need to be moved onto a mixed diet more quickly than those who started earlier and their food doesn’t need to be pureed. Following meal plans for the first 4 weeks of weaning, easy to try.

Plan 1 : WEEK 1 : One meal a daybaby food1

Breakfast : Breast Milk or formula milk.

Mid-morning: Small milk feed or 1-2 teaspoons of baby rice give it according to the instructions or prepare rice at home. Rice : 4 teaspoons raw rice cook in 1 cup of boiling water for 15 min. Switch off the hob cool the rice and now ready to serve it with breast milk or formula milk.

Lunch: Breast Milk or formula milk.

Mid afternoon:  Breast Milk or formula milk.

Tea: Breast Milk or formula milk.

Bedtime: Breast Milk or formula milk.

WEEK 2 One meal a day.

Breakfast: Breast Milk or formula milk.

Mid-morning : Breast Milk or formula milk with 3 teaspoons of baby rice or homemade rice.

Lunch: Breast Milk or formula milk.

Mid afternoon:  Breast Milk or formula milk.

Tea: Breast Milk or formula milk.

Bedtime: Breast Milk or formula milk

WEEK 3 two meals a day. baby food

Plan Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Breakfast Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed
Mid -Morning Potato puree  Apple puree  Butternut squash puree  Parsnip puree Pear puree
Lunch Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed
Mid-Afternoon Baby rice Baby rice Baby rice Baby rice Baby rice
Tea Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed
Bed Time Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed

WEEK 4 Two meals a day.

Plan Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Breakfast Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed
Mid- morning Parsnip Puree Butternut squash puree Sweet potato puree Carrot puree Sweet potato puree
Lunch Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed
Mid- afternoon  Apple puree  Pear puree  Apple puree  Pear puree  Apple puree
Tea Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed
Bedtime Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed

Plan 2: 2-3 meals a day.

Plan Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Breakfast Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed
Mid morning Broccoli and butternut squash puree  Avocado puree  Banana Puree  Courgette puree  Green bean and sweet potato puree 
Lunch Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed
Mid afternoon

Apple puree

 

 

Parsnip and apple puree  Carrot and potato puree  Pear puree  Courgette puree 
Tea Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed
Bedtime Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed

 

Plan 3:

  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Breakfast Oat based baby cereal with full fat cow’s milk. Wheat based baby cereal with full fat milk. Oat based baby cereal with full fat cow’s milk. Wheat based baby cereal with full fat milk Oat based baby cereal with full fat cow’s milk.
Mid Morning Milk Feed Milk Feed Milk Feed Milk Feed Milk Feed
Lunch Steam trout (Rainbow trout is a fish native to the USA and is popular with fish farmers because it is relatively easy to breed.) mashed with potato with broccoli. Or Natural yoghurt mixed with dried apricot or apple puree. Macaroni cheese pasta with peach puree Butternut squash puree with risotto rice and mashed banana. Dhal of red lentil with grated carrots and potato with fresh apple puree. Lamb filler and mixed vegetables and potato casserole with baby yoghurt.
Mid afternoon Milk Feed Milk Feed Milk Feed Milk Feed Milk Feed
Tea Chopped red pepper, Courgette, carrot mashed in pasta. Sweet potato and carrot puree with cooked broccoli. Well cooked scrambled egg on strips of toast as a finger food. Broccoli mashed in rice with cooked carrot sticks and Courgette sticks. Mashed avocado with toast stripes or cooked and mashed spinach with mashed potato and rice.
Bedtime Milk Feed Milk Feed Milk Feed Milk Feed Milk Feed