I have grown up eating oats and it was more of a diet staple .We were served plain oats with milk and I remember how I use to get bored of them. (I think my mother did not know how to make it interesting. :-P).Still my mom was very particular about it and insisted us to have it.
Since I was introduced to oats, I feel it is best to introduce oats to my child too.Oats/oatmeal has very high nutrition and so I consider it to be must include in baby’s diet chart.
Oats in its original form tastes very plain. So, to make it an interesting baby food the cooked oats need to be mixed with natural fruit flavors or any of the baby suitable flavors.
In a thick pan, add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of milk and boil it.When the start boiling add oats and continue heating in low flame .Keep stirring continuously.Serve when the hot porridge cools down.
For flavors, add tiny pieces apple. You could grate and add apple if you wish. Banana or dates can also be added.
Grate carrot or beetroot and blanch them in hot boiling water for 5 minutes before adding oats to it.You can add salt rather than sugar in it.
Benefits of oatmeal:
- Oats provide high fiber and proteins.
- Oats reduces the risk of blood pressure and hypertension.
- Lowers the level of cholesterol.
- Reduces the risk of diabetes.
- Also guards against heart failures and heart diseases.
Note: These recipes are best suited for babies over 12 months. For babies between 6 to 12 months, you might have to use finely powdered oats for preparing the porridge.
Consult your doctor before introducing new recipes to your baby.