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The Recipe Space: Powerful Oatmeal!

My son is now 13 months old and into EVERYTHING!  He is receiving most of his nutrients from solid foods and some days its hard to keep up with his appetite.  Breakfast is an easy meal to prepare as we all eat the same food, old-fashioned Quaker Oats!  We introduced infant oatmeal to our son when he turned 6 months old and then started him on the Quaker oats at 10 months.  We prefer the old-fashioned oats on the stove as it does not take much time to prepare and does not include any extra sugars that are present in some instant oatmeal brands.

The health benefits of oatmeal are numerous–according to the USDA, oatmeal is high in essential minerals including calcium, iron, phosphorous, magneoatmeal-weight-losssium, potassium, sodium and zinc.  Each of these minerals offers a different developmental benefit to your baby. For example, calcium and phosphorous are useful for building bones; iron is useful for increased hemoglobin production; magnesium helps in energy generation, has a role in bone and dental health, acts as a laxative, etc. Potassium and sodium are known to be electrolytes, which facilitate electrical activity in the brain, spinal cord and in all the muscles.  Oats are also high in vitamins such as thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, folate, vitamin B-6, vitamin K and vitamin E.  These vitamins also promote various activities in the body and are much needed for child growth and development.  Importantly oatmeal is high in dietary fiber.  This dietary fiber is generally not digested, it soaks up water in the colon and adds bulk to the stool and helps in easy bowel movement. Free and regular bowel movement promotes appetite in babies.

At 13 months our son is eating a full serving of oatmeal every morning.  You can always add milk to the oatmeal or provide milk separately.  The following are two recipes that we use depending on when certain fruits are in season.

Fall and Winter Oats:

Ingredients for 1 serving—

½ Cup of Oats

1 Cup water or milk

½  ripe pear cut into bite sized
pieces

½ ripe banana smashed

½ tablespoon chia seeds

½ tablespoon flax meal

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

*the amounts of these ingredients may be altered to taste

Instructions for 1 serving

–boil water or milk

–stir in oats and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes

–while the oats are cooking add the banana, pear, chia seeds, flax meal, cinnamon and nutmeg

Spring and Summer Oats:

Ingredients for 1 serving—

½ Cup of Oats

1 Cup water or milk

¼ cup of strawberries cut into bite sized pieces

¼ cup of blueberries (or raspberries or blackberries)

½ ripe banana smashed

½ tablespoon chia seeds

½ tablespoon flax meal

*the amounts of these ingredients may be altered to taste

Instructions for 1 serving

–boil water or milk

–stir in oats and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes

–while the oats are cooking add the banana, choice of berries, chia seeds, and flax meal

 

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