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