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Quinoa for babies

March 3rd, 2011

Quinoa is perfect for babies too. Why? Because it’s full of the essential vitamins and minerals. Thanks to I know know what’s the best time to give your baby quinoa.

The most important questions are:

  1. When can you introduce quinoa to your baby?
    You can introduce it from 8 months but some babies have no problem to digest quinoa prior to 8 months. It’s always good to consult with your pediatrician about introducing solid food anyway.
  2. How to select quinoa for baby food?
    It can be whole grain, flake or even flour. When you grind quinoa it’s important to keep it in an airtight container. Grinding quinoa makes the cooked baby quinoa cereal even smoother. Whole grain quinoa can be stored for several months in a cool and dry place.

A couple of great recipes – quinoa for babies:

Whole Grain Quinoa Baby Cereal

1 cup whole quinoa (not ground into a powder)
2 cups water

In a large pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil
Add 1 cup of quinoa

Cover the pot, reduce heat and simmer approximately 15 minutes or until liquid has been absorbed. Let stand for five minutes and then “fluff” a bit.

You may add spices such as cinnamon, ginger and vanilla, and also fruits, veggies and/or other foods that are age appropriate for your baby.

Another great recipe:

Creamy Quinoa & Bananas

1 cups cooked quinoa
1/2 cup plain whole milk yogurt
1/2 banana, mashed

In medium saucepan, combine ingredients and simmer on low for approximately 10 minutes. You are simply warming the ingredients and not cooking them.

Please watch this closely so that the quinoa is not reduced to a pastey thickness.


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