Start­ing chil­dren on solids

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - NEWS -

‘Whole­foods for chil­dren’ is a natur­o­pathic motto, fol­lowed by our mantra of ‘start them on food, not num­bers’.

This ba­sic prin­ci­ple or natur­o­pathic phi­los­o­phy of buy­ing, pre­par­ing and serv­ing sim­ple healthy food to chil­dren as they wean off breast­milk (or for­mula) seems to be lost in the con­ve­nience era of for­ti­fied pack­aged baby foods.

Around the world tra­di­tional cul­tures start ba­bies on cooked rice por­ridges, lightly steamed or pureed ve­g­ies and fruits.

For iron they add meaty home cooked broths and fresh sea­sonal ve­g­ies or fruits for min­er­als and an­tiox­i­dants.

A natur­opath’s top six in­tro­duc­tory baby foods:

breast milk, cin­na­mon and ginger

gies and meat pureed back in)

Try this recipe for your baby. Baby rice con­gee (can be savoury or sweet)

Tip: make this in a slow cooker overnight and it will be ready for break­fast. Great nour­ish­ment for new moth­ers too) In­gre­di­ents:

1 cup of rice

7 cups of wa­ter

1 thumb knob of ginger and 1 cin­na­mon stick.

Method:

Com­bine in slow cooker and cook for 4-8 hours on low.

Rice will be por­ridge con­sis­tency once ready.

To mix up the flavour and for adding iron or min­er­als add sul­tanas, mashed fruit or bone broth in place of wa­ter.

With and (BHSci. Natur­opa­thy)

Natur­opaths Belinda McPher­son Sophie Lor­back ◆ START YOUNG: Build good habits early by feed­ing your child healthy food.

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