From playschool parking lots to the water cooler at work, parents of young children are talking about oats, these days. Is it good for your kids? Should you start giving them oats for breakfast now or should you wait a few years? Does it really help maintain a healthy weight? Is it really that nutritious? These are all questions that pop up into your head. So, we decided that we’ll tell you everything there is to know about oats.
When are children ready for oats?
You can start giving oats to your child when they turn 6 months old, right when you introduce them to food other than breastmilk. Oats are considered to be great for babies because they are easy to digest because of their rich fibre content.
What’s so great about them?
Oats are considered to be a natural superfood because it packs a balance of a lot of the things our body depends on, such as:
Each serving of oats gives your child energy that they need, not just for staying active and healthy on a daily basis, but also for their healthy growth.
Vitamins present in oats is an excellent fuel for the growth and development of your child. Oats contain folate, Vitamins B6, E and K, riboflavin, niacin, and thiamine.
Oats contain essential minerals such as Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Potassium, Sodium, and Magnesium. These are instrumental in the proper development of your child. A balance of these minerals helps your child build strong bones and teeth, have a healthy level of haemoglobin, and have a more robust neurological system.
Oats also contain antioxidants which prevent rogue cells (free radicals) from damaging other healthy cells in your child’s body.
The high dietary fibre content in oats makes it an ideal healthy food for kids. While it is extremely rich in nutrients, it is also extremely easy to digest, especially with their still-developing digestive system.
How can your Kids eat oats?
Choose the right oats
Your kids can eat a variety of oats, right from oatmeal snacks for kids to steel cut oats. The key is to find what they prefer the most and what is easiest for them to digest. Today, brands concentrating on a balanced, nutritious diet for your child are also using making off-the-shelf, easy snacks that are also healthy food for kids because they contain the superfood – oats! These snacks can be an interesting way to mix things up and let your kids enjoy something more fun than their standard breakfast porridge.
If your child is really young, you might even want to cook the oats thoroughly first, and then purée them.
You should also check your child for any oats-related allergies by giving them plain oats for the first time. In case they have a reaction, immediately seek medical assistance.
What can I make with oats?
Oats can be made your little one’s favourite breakfast. Here’s how!
Step 1: Boil a serving of oats with double the amount of water, and let it cook thoroughly.
Step 2: Finish the oats by mixing in mashed bananas, a grated apple, cinnamon, honey, cocoa powder, milk, peanut butter, nuts, strawberries, a treat like timios Raisins, or any other fruit or flavour little one likes.
Step 3: Stop worrying about breakfast!
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