Brown rice contains lots of nutrients and health benefits in infants. Do you know that your baby’s first complimentary cereal does not have to be the commercial packaged cereal? Yet most parents still trust the commercial brands infant rice cereal.
Although rice cereal contain a little bit of protein but high in carbohydrate and your baby needs carbohydrate for energy to move (crawl) around. Making your baby’s homemade rice cereal is very easy. Just follow the steps below to making your own rice cereal. Read on
The Nutrients Contained in Brown Rice Are As Follows:
Vitamins A, C, B1, B2, Folate,
Requirements for Rice Cereal Powder
Rice (white or brown) grain
Grind or blend the rice to powder with your blender or food processor
One cup of water
Recipes on How to Prepare Rice Cereal
- After blending the rice to powder (white or brown) rice powder
- Measure 1/4 cup of rice
- Boil a cup of water and bring the water to a boiling point
- Add the rice powder, while you are whisking or stirring it with a wooden spoon
- Reduce the heat, leave it to simmer for about 10 minutes and keep stirring it to
- avoid the rice sticking to the pan
- Add some groundnut milk, soya bean milk or a little infant formula or breastmilk
- and serve your baby.
Questions Most Parents Would Ask: What type of Rice do I use for Homemade Baby Rice Cereals?
You can use any type of rice for cereals but ideally brown rice or the short- grain rice (ofada or the local white rice used for making tuwo) is better. Short-grain rice when cooked is softer than the long grain rice. Ensure that it is “whole grain rice”.
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Conclusion: How to Make Homemade Rice Cereal For Infants
Now you can prepare your own infant brown rice cereal, it is more nutritious than the white rice, easy to prepare and saves you cost than the commercially packaged rice cereal.
Brown rice contains iron, a little protein and fiber and the fiber in it makes it easier to digest. I guess with these nutrients you would definitely want to give it a try. Feel free to add a little of your baby’s favourite puree.
Leave us a comment to let us know if your baby enjoyed your homemade rice cereal, also feel free to share your home cooking recipe with us.