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Rice for babies: is rice healthy for our little ones?

In total there are more than 100,000 types of rice worldwide, which are divided into three different grain types. I've researched for you here whether rice is suitable for babies.

A little travel guide

In addition to valuable Carbohydrates, Proteins and Fats Rice provides many other important minerals and trace elements. These include:

  • magnesium
  • iron
  • Potassium and
  • zinc

These nutrients are extremely important for your baby and they make rice a healthy and popular food.

The protein in rice is particularly valuable for us humans because the proteins are made up of essential amino acids that the body cannot produce itself. In addition, a portion of rice also provides us with important vitamins. Especially with vitamin E and with various vitamins from the B group. Among other things, these are responsible for ensuring that the nervous system functions smoothly.

Rice is very well tolerated by babies and toddlers. When it comes to whole-grain rice or brown rice, a distinction is made between long-grain, medium-grain and short-grain rice.

The ingredients of rice depend on the variety. What all species have in common, however, is that they largely consist of carbohydrates. 100 grams of rice contain an average of 77.8 grams of carbohydrates. Thus, rice is an important supplier of energy.

When can your darling start eating rice?

Rice is the starch richest grain, it is gluten-free and is usually very well tolerated.

At the earliest from the fifth and no later than the seventh month, your baby should get his first porridge, which of course can also contain rice. Of course, you have to decide for yourself which variety you take. However, it is recommended that Whole grain varieties are preferablebecause they contain more vitamins and minerals than the peeled grains. So it's best to use brown rice. However, you should note that the rice you plan to give your baby to eat should be cooked until soft. If your little protégé already has a few teeth, then you can leave the rice in a soft-boiled form. If there are still no teeth, then you can puree the rice into congee. It gets funny when your darling starts to eat alone.

Round-grain varieties such as Thai rice, sushi rice or rice pudding are sticky and can be easily picked up by hand and then carried to your mouth. Since long grain rice is more grainy, it is often fished grain by grain from the plate with the thumb and forefinger. A somewhat tedious procedure, but it can be a lot of fun. It's also an excellent exercise for your baby's hand-eye coordination. In time, your sweetheart will figure out how best to eat the rice too. Have fun trying.

Lunch for mom and baby:

Ingredients:

  • approx. 150 g whole grain rice
  • Some broccoli florets
  • 1/2 fennel
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 zucchini
  • Rapeseed oil
  • Spices and bouillon

Preparation:

Cook the rice according to the instructions (takes about 30-40 minutes for whole grain rice).

Cut the vegetables into small pieces and cook them in another saucepan with a little rapeseed oil until soft. Set the liquid aside.

For the baby:

Put 2 tablespoons of rice and 3 tablespoons of vegetables (or more) in a tall mug and puree well with a little liquid. Add 1 teaspoon of rapeseed oil.

For mum:

Mix rice and vegetables, season with bouillon and spices and eat. I wish you a good appetite.

Conclusion

Rice contains many nutrients and vitamins that are good and important for your baby. When choosing the variety, you should pay attention to the ingredients. Whole grain rice has more vitamins, minerals and unsaturated fatty acids than white rice. I hope you enjoy trying it out.

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