Making your own baby porridge is super easy and it’s a much cheaper way to feed a baby than the packaged variety.
Baby porridge is a favourite food parents are choosing to feed their baby. Soft and creamy with a very mild flavour it’s a great first food. Many baby food companies are manufacturing pre-packaged baby porridge oats. However with just a food processor you can make your own finely milled baby oats for a fraction of the price. Most baby porridge oats you can buy in the shops are iron enriched. Whilst this can be useful past 6 months of age it can lead to constipation in some babies.
Store Cupboard Staple
Porridge is one of those useful cupboard standby items and it can be added to both savoury as well as sweet purees. It's low glycemic and a healthy breakfast option.
Oats are high in fibre, calcium, protein and even some B vitamins. Steel cut oats are slightly healthier and more nutritious than rolled, quick cook or instant oats. Steel cut oats retain the most nutrients because they are not highly processed. However they take approximately 10-20 minutes longer to cook than instant oats. Steel cut oats are also referred to as pinhead oatmeal in the UK.
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