Baby’s First Foods – Steel Cut Oats

When beginning first foods with your baby, I recommend starting with oatmeal cereal instead of rice cereal because rice cereal is more likely to give your little one constipation.  Plus, oats are high in fiber, calcium, protein and some B vitamins. You can introduce oatmeal around 4 months, but the recommended age for introducing solids is 6 months of age.

I purchase steel cut oats because they taste better than rolled and instant oats. Rolled oats lose some of their taste, texture, and nutrients due to processing. McCann’s steel cut oats is a good brand choice.

Health benefits of oats:
1. Lower bad cholesterol
2. Control blood pressure
3. May help reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes
4. Prevent heart failure
5. Protect against childhood asthma

Ingredients:
1/4 cup ground steel cut oats
3/4 cup water
breast milk or formula

Directions:
1. Bring water to a boil
2. Add the oatmeal powder while stirring constantly – you don’t want it to clump
3. Simmer for about 10 minutes while whisking
4.  Mix in breast milk or formula

Baby Joke For The Day:
We brought our newborn son, Justin, to the pediatrician for his first checkup. As he finished, the doctor told us, “You have a cute baby.” Smiling, I said, “I bet you say that to all new parents.”

“No,” he replied, “just to those whose babies really are good-looking.”

“So what do you say to the others?” I asked. “He looks just like you.”

Laughing is good for the soul!
Proverbs 17:22  (NIV) “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Sources:
1. WHFoods.com
2. http://www.wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/health-benefits-of-oats
3. http://health.learninginfo.org/benefits-oatmeal.htm

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