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Traditional and time-tested recipes, now famous as “Grandma’s recipes”, can never go wrong when it comes to important factors like taste and health. There are many such recipes specially meant for babies and kids and we are seeing that the demand for them is increasing in the market worldwide. Some of these help a lot in baby weight gain and hence the natural favor towards buying chemical-free food for babies.

Health professionals always advise not to go by baby’s weight, as being lean doesn’t mean your baby is unhealthy, and being chubby doesn’t always mean being healthy. In the initial days keeping a track of the increase in newborn weight, height is important but later it is only enough if your child is active and hitting her milestones. So do not worry if your child is on track but ensure to take care of their overall nutrition by giving them healthy foods.

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Here I’m sharing the list of traditional foods for babies & kids, which are a culmination of nutrients that support boosting immunity and aids in healthy weight gain if they genuinely need some help there.

1. Sprouted Ragi Powder

Ragi or Finger Millet is one of the ancient grains that is considered a superfood today and is recommended by health professionals worldwide. Sprouting this miracle grain further increases the bioavailability of the nutrients, which means your body can now absorb them easily, like 10x calcium than wheat or rice, a good amount of protein, fiber, and healthy fats.

Sprouted Ragi Powder is recommended for babies after 6 months once they are introduced to basic solids like fruits and vegetables. This nutritious health mix is made by roasting dried sprouted Ragi and then powdering it. This powder is then used to make porridge for babies, with milk or water and optionally spices like cumin, pepper, or natural sweeteners like jaggery, palm jaggery, dry dates powder, etc.

2. Sprouted Sathu Mavu

In Tamil, Sathu means nutrients, Mavu means flour and hence this Sathu Mavu means a NUTRITIOUS FLOUR. People of all ages across the country use this flour to make porridge, health drinks, laddu, desserts, and many more healthy dishes and this is called by different names in different languages.

Sprouted Sathu Mavu is made by sprouting multiple grains, millets, and pulses, then combined with rice, dry fruits, and some spices like cumin, dry ginger, etc. This is a great combination of balanced nutrition with proteins, healthy fats, omega 3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, and simple spices aiding easy digestion. This can be cooked like a porridge just like Sprouted Ragi Powder and can be given to babies after introducing basic solids and individual grains.

3. Kerala Banana Powder

Kerala Banana Powder is a very famous porridge mix from the land of Ayurveda, gaining fame worldwide now. Kerala Banana Powder is a gluten-free, easily digestible cereal loaded with the calcium and fiber of raw bananas. A rich source of energy and helps in weight gain, this is a powerhouse of protein, rich in potassium, calcium, and phosphorous; and helps in good digestion. Kerala banana is also an immunity booster, helping the body fight against illnesses.

This can be offered to babies as first foods post completion of 6 months, after introducing basic solids like fruits and vegetables. It is a fine cream-colored powder and turns creamy when cooked with water or milk

4. Dry Fruits Powder

Dry fruits like almonds, pistachios, cashew nuts, walnuts along with saffron, turmeric powder, and nutmeg are used to make this Dry Fruits Powder. Dry Fruits are a rich source of healthy fats, protein, omega 3 fatty acids, and calorie-rich as well. These are brain-boosting, immune-boosting and also aid healthy weight gain with natural ingredients.

Dry Fruits Powder is made by roasting all the above-mentioned dry fruits and later powdering them. This is a great topping that can be used in many food varieties. For babies a spoonful of the powder can be mixed with porridge and served, for older kids, it can be mixed with juices and smoothies; sprinkled on salads, paratha, dosa, roti; used along with desserts like cakes, laddu, etc.

5. Dry Dates Powder

Dates contain 15 minerals like vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, selenium, zinc, and fiber. Dates is a blood thickener, purifier; and helps in boosting brain power, and concentration. It is a great energy booster, helps prevent illnesses like inflammation and allergies, well-advised for anemic kids.

Dates are wonderful natural sweeteners and can be offered to babies in moderation. Soft dates can be offered as finger food, dates mash or puree can be added to porridges. Dry Dates Powder is a fine powder made of chopped, dried, and powdered dates. For babies above 8 months, you can give it in small quantities by mixing it in their porridge or cereals, for kids you can use it as a super healthy sugar substitute in milkshakes, cakes, pancakes, smoothies, juices, Indian desserts, etc.

Organic, healthy, chemical-free foods are the best way to nourish our children. So, I’m sure these foods will be really helpful in reaching our goal. I would also like to share an article I had written on multiple reasons for poor infant weight gain to find out the best thing to support your child. Please check the recommended article mentioned.

Video: 5 Traditional Weight Gaining Foods for Babies & Kids


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