Babies Need Nutritious Food Too……..

Written by: Rebecca Baird, July 19, 2010

Babies need a great deal of nutrition. They are growing at such a rapid rate that they need the proper nutrition to ensure that their bodies grow properly. There are several good baby foods on the market which are organic, but the best way is to make your own. It is less expensive and you know exactly what goes into the process. Babies usually begin with cereal mixed with organic baby formula or breast milk. For baby cereal, organically grown quinoa is a great place to start and is very nutritious as well. Quinoa is very high in complete protein; it contains all nine of the essential amino acids. It also is high in lysine; essential for tissue growth and repair. Quinoa is also a great source of iron, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, folate, B6, B12, vitamin A, calcium, potassium, selenium, Omega-3 fatty acids, and Riboflavin. (1) It seems to me like Quinoa is possibly one of the best sources of nutrition available to our babies.

To make organic quinoa baby cereal: Place quinoa in blender, or coffee grinder, blend (or grind) until smooth, set aside. Meanwhile, place a pot containing 1-2 cups of filtered water on high heat and bring to a boil (I would try starting with one cup water and then add formula or breast milk to thin it out). Whisk ¼ cup of ground quinoa into the boiling water, reduce heat and keep whisking until thickened. Cool to a comfortable temperature; mix with formula, mashed bananas, or other mashed fresh peeled fruit. Store unused, ground quinoa in an airtight container in the freezer to prevent the oils in the quinoa from becoming rancid.

(1) WH Foods (2001-2010) Quinoa: In depth nutrition analysis.

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