Beetroot baby food recipes
How to give beetroot to babies?
Beetroot recipes for babies
Beetroot baby food recipes – Beetroot, also known as chukander in Hindi, the humble root vegetable, is a powerhouse of goodness. Beetroots are not only great food for adults but also for your babies. It is a rich source of vitamin A, B-complex and C. It also has lots of fibre so it is especially good for children who have a tendency to constipation. It is rich in iron and other minerals. It also has anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
Beetroots are also known to contain high amounts of nitrates, so the quantity should not be too much for babies. You can start with one to two teaspoons. After 1 year, however, you can increase the amounts.
Nutritional value per 100 grams
|Total Fat 0.2 g||0%|
|Saturated fat 0 g||0%|
|Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g|
|Monounsaturated fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium 78 mg||3%|
|Potassium 325 mg||9%|
|Total Carbohydrate 10 g||3%|
|Dietary fiber 2.8 g||11%|
|Sugar 7 g|
|Protein 1.6 g||3%|
|Vitamin A||am||Vitamin C||F|
|Vitamin D||6)||Vitamin B-6||5%|
When to introduce beetroot in baby’s diet?
You can introduce beetroot in your baby as early as 8-9 months.
How to make Beetroot baby food recipes
Beetroot should be well-cooked when given to babies. It can be steamed, boiled, roasted or baked. Wash the beetroot well in running water to remove all dirt.
For steaming, roasting or baking, scrub using a blunt knife to clean but do not peel before cooking. Cook whole till it cooked well and then remove the skin and cut or chop as desired.
For boiling, peel the skin after washing and cleaning thoroughly, the cut into small pieces and boil with just enough water. Too much water will cause nutrients to get lost. You can boil beetroot when making soup or purees for baby’d food.
Always follow the 3 day wait rule when starting any new food item.
Beetroot baby food recipes and toddlers
beetroot baby food recipes – Beetroot puree
Nicely wash and scrub the beetroots. Steam or boil the beetroot till well-cooked.
If steaming, wash and scrub beetroots, put them in a steamer and steam till soft (around 20-15 mins). Time may vary depending on quantity and type of steamer. Make sure the beets are soft and tender. Let the beets cool down and peel and cut into small pieces. Blend the beetroot into a fine puree in a blender.
If boiling, cut into small pieces and boil in a pressure cooker with half a cup of water for 3-4 whistles. Let the beets cool down and blend in a blender using the same water that you used to cook.
Tip: You can also give beetroots along with carrots as beetroot and carrot puree/mash.
Beetroot baby food recipes – Beetroot and banana smoothie
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup yogurt
1 ripe banana
Clean and peel beetroot and cut into small pieces.
Steam for 10 minutes.
Cool the beetroot
Blend together beetroot,banana, milk and yogurt to a smoothie.
Beetroot baby food recipes – Beetroot and pomegranate juice
1 bowl pomegranate seeds
Wash and scrub the beetroot well.
Cut the beetroot into quarters and steam for 10 minutes.
Peel and clean the pomegranate seeds.
Blend steamed beetroots and pomegranate seeds in a blender or juicer.
Strain through a fine sieve.
You can give a few teaspoons of this juice to your baby or more to toddlers and older kids. For older children you may add a dash of rock salt/ black salt and roasted cumin to this juice to make it even more delicious.
Beetroot baby food recipes -Steamed beetroot sticks
Suitable for 10 months and above
Great to be given as finger food.
Clean and peel beetroot.
Cut into thin, long strips.
Steam for 10-15 minutes.
Sprinkle roasted cumin powder or rock salt.
Beetroot Toddler food recipes
Beetroot baby food recipes – Beetroot halwa
Beetroot halwa is a nice variation of beetroot and can be given to babies from 8-10 months. We will not add any additional sugar and will use the natural sweetness of beetroot to make this halwa.
½ teaspoon ghee
A pinch of cardamom powder( if already introduced)
¼ cup Baby’s milk (breastmilk / formula milk)
Wash and scrub the beetroot well.
Cut the beetroot into small pieces and steam for 10 minutes.
Blend the steamed beetroot into a fine puree.
Heat a pan and add puree to it.
Add ghee to this and roast for 2-3 minutes.
Add cardamom powder.
Add baby’s milk to adjust the consistency.
Find the beetroot halwa recipe for older children here in dessert recipe for kids.
Do you any beetroot baby food recipes other than these. Do share with us and our readers.