The food given to a growing baby is an important parameter of nutrition for the upcoming years. After the initial six months, when you start your baby on solids, doctors recommend starting with rice-based cereals. Rice is wholesome, gluten-free and allergen-free which makes it safe for consumption of a baby. Brown rice is a wholesome and healthy food grain that comes with an array of nutritional benefits. It has high levels of fiber and other essential nutrients. Brown rice cereal is the perfect first baby food while transitioning to solid food.
It is advisable to introduce brown rice to the baby as soon he/she begins eating solids. However, the baby must be at least six months or older for the same. Nutrition-dense food like brown rice help to maintain rapid growth cycles in babies. The major benefit of brown rice recipes for babies are:
- Brown rice is wholesome and non-allergic
- Fiber-rich brown rice can help to ease constipation in babies
Check out these healthy brown rice recipes for your children:
Brown Rice pudding Recipe:
Soak the brown rice for 15 minutes before cooking. Cook the brown rice and set aside. In a blender add chopped ripe bananas, unsweetened apple juice, a pinch of nutmeg, a drizzle of honey and blitz into a smooth puree.
Savory Baked Brown Rice
Dry roast the brown rice in a hot skillet. In another pan sauté some celery, carrot in olive oil. In an oven dish, add the celery, carrot, rice and vegetable broth. Bake it for 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees. Once cooked, blend it in a high-speed blender. Serve warm.
Brown Rice and Green Gram Porridge
Roast the brown rice and green gram separately. Blend them in a high-speed grinder to make a dry powder mix. Add two-teaspoon of the mix in water and cook well. Add salt, pepper, seasoning to taste. Drizzle with olive oil before serving.
Peach and Brown Rice Breakfast Bowl
Grind the brown rice into powder using a food processor. Chop some ripe peaches. Stir in the rice powder in hot boiling water. Set it on a gentle simmer and keep cooking. Add some maple syrup to sweeten it. Add the peach cubes and keep cooking. Add baby milk powder to thicken the texture. Once it is cooked using a hand blender to make it into a puree.
There are many other sweet and savory dishes that you can prepare with brown rice. Even though there’s no risk in feeding brown rice to your baby, check in with your pediatrician for the best diet recommendations.