Quinoa

Nutrients

Quinoa is a great source of protein which provides energy and is essential for growth, repair and maintenance of the tissues in the body. It is also a wonderful source of fibre, folate, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus.

When to give to your baby +4-6 months

Quinoa often mistaken for a grain is actually the seed of the plant. It is full of goodness and gentle on your little ones tummy, so it makes a good choice for early on in your babies journey. We recommend to start weaning at around 6 months, however every baby is different so follow your instinct or consult your health visitor if you’re not sure. It is gluten free, so suitable for babies early on in the journey and for babies that need to avoid gluten in their diets.

The perfect quinoa
Wherever possible we like to use organic quinoa, which means that they have not been sprayed or treated with any nasties. We understand that this isn't always possible, so buy the best available to you at the time. Quinoa can be bought whole, in flakes or even grinded as flour; depending what you are using it for, according to the stage of your baby’s journey. Quinoa should be stored in a cool dry place.

Best way to cook them for your baby

Its great to add to purees, to add extra protein or later on in the urney to add texture and a real savoury flavour. Try adding it to a vegetable tagine for the last 10 minutes of cooking, to soak up the flavour before blending to the correct texture to your little one’s needs!

What goes well with quinoa
Brown rice, sweet potato, carrot, tomato, chickpeas, brocolli, pear, blueberries

 

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