Did you know? Almost 60% of the babies lose some weight after they are partially weaned from breastfeeding i.e. when they breastfeed just 2-3 times in a day. This is because of lack of nutrition from the solid foods. Even though we take care that the baby is full, there are some nutrients which should not miss out from their diet.
Some of them include Protein, Calcium, and Iron. Deficiency of any one of them can cause weight loss and sluggish growth among babies.
Breast milk also has a lot of fat so it’s important to include Ghee/vegetable Oils in your baby’s food to stimulate his growth. Babies are very active at this age so it’s important that you include the right amount of Carbohydrates and Fats in her new solid food eating schedule.
Note: These recipes are suitable for babies who are 10 months old or above.
- ½ cup of Rolled Oats
- ¼ cup of Liquid (Breast Milk, Formula Milk, Apple Juice etc.)
- 1 Egg
- 1 Large Banana
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- Blend all the ingredients together to achieve a smooth consistency.
- Then make the pancakes on medium heat.
- Makes around 6-8 delicious pancakes and don’t worry if the baby gobbles all of them up in one go.
Tip: Grind Oats first to achieve a good consistency.
Oatmeal has a lot of fiber apart from Protein, which can help her digestion to be on track, now that breastmilk is gone.
Sweet Potato Cod Mash:
- 2 Sweet Potato
- 75g of Cod Fillet
- ⅛ cup of Milk
- 50 grams of Cheese
- 1 Cube of Butter
- Pressure cook Sweet Potato till they are soft and mushy. (Don’t put them under cold water as it will just make them hard again)
- Put the Fillets into a microwave dish, add milk and dot with butter. Cover, leaving the vent open and cool for 2 minutes on high.
- Blend Fish (including milk in the dish), sweet potatoes and cheese. Feed the baby this delicious concoction.
Sweet Potato is a starchy vegetable and has a lot of energy. Therefore, it’s useful for the babies who are very active, as it will not drain their energy. They are also a rich source of Vitamin A.
Steamed Veggies with Full Fat Curd Dip:
- 3-4 Broccoli Florets
- Some Cauliflower leaves (Chopped, not finely, though)
- 2 Carrots
- 1 Cup of Curd, strain out any water
- 1 Cucumber, chop it and remove any excess water
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1-2 Mint Leaves
- Steam the first 3 veggies, so that they are soft and mushy.
- Blend the bottom 4 ingredients for the delicious dip.
Olive Oil and Curd are a good source of Fat, something which other solid foods might lack.
Sweet Potato Lentil Mash:
- 1 Sweet Potato
- 2 tbsp Pigeon Pea / Toor Daal
- 1 Cup of Water
- Salt ( only if the baby is 1 year old or above )
- Turmeric – A pinch
- Roasted Cumin – 1 tsp
- Wash Sweet Potato and Toor Daal.
- Add all ingredients in Pressure cooker except Cumin and cook them till soft.
- Blend, add the cumin, Blend once again.
Lentils (especially Red ones) are packed with Iron, Folic Acid and Protein, which aids in child’s growth and development whilst providing adequate energy.
Broccoli Cheese Mash:
- 1-2 cubes of Cheese
- 3-4 Florets of Broccoli
- ¼ Cup of water
- ¼ Cup of Milk
Steam the broccoli so that it’s soft. Blend all the ingredients together. Your mash is ready to serve.
Cheese is high in Fat, Calcium, and Protein, which a child’s body is in dire need of.
Apple Ragi (Finger millet) Porridge:
- 1 Apple
- 2 tbsp Ragi Flour
- 1 tbsp Ghee
- Water as required
- Peel and steam the apple before making it into a fine puree.
- Mix the Ragi powder with water and steam and cook it for 5-10 minutes before adding apple puree and cooking it again for 2-3 minutes.
- Add Ghee and feed to the baby.
Ragi contains a whopping 340 mg of Calcium per 100 gm.
Potato/Sweet Potato Chunks:
- 1-2 Sweet Potatoes/Potatoes
- Olive Oil
- 1 tsp Paprika or your favorite mixture of herbs or Black Pepper
- Preheat the oven to 450 deg.
- Cut thin Sweet Potato slices and mix in olive oil and herbs.
- Put them all on the baking sheet.
- Let it bake in the microwave for around 30 minutes, turning them once or twice in between.
Lentil Dahl with Rice & Ghee:
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Medium Onion
- 125 grams of Red Lentils a.k.a Masoor Ki daal
- 2 tbsp Ground Coriander
- 2 tbsp Ground Cumin
- 1 tbsp Tomato Puree
- ½ cup cooked Rice
- 2 tbsp Ghee
- Heat the oil and sauté the onion for a few minutes until they are soft brown. Add the remaining spices and cook for 5 more minutes.
- Add 500ml water and stir, then add the lentils. Add Tomato puree after a while.
- Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 20-30 mins, until the lentils are cooked.
- Mash to the right constituency for your baby.
- Mash the rice too in the Daal itself. Drizzle with ghee and feed to the baby.
Ghee has a lot of nutritious fat, which matches to the fat content of breastmilk. It’s very important for active babies to have a lot of fat in their diet because they burn a lot of fat too.
Whole Wheat Bread Sticks with Hummus:
- 2-3 Whole Wheat Bread Slices.
- 1 cup of Chickpeas (Soaked and Boiled)
- 2 tbsp Tahini
- 2-3 tbsp of Lemon Juice
- 2 Garlic cloves
- 2-3 tbsp of Olive Oil
Cut the breadsticks and fry them on Tava with some Ghee till they are light brown in color.
Blend rest of the ingredients on low speed to get a smooth consistency.
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