Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Attended "Starting Solid Made Easy" workshop (12 April 2014)

Nutrition workshop: Starting Solid Made Easy (12 April 2014)

Speaker: Jennifer Lee (Certified nutritionist, mother)

Starting solid food can be a daunting time. How do you start, what do you start with, how much, what time of day are all questions at the top of every new mom's list. You will receive handy tips and info to guide you on what you need to know.


* Problem of poor nutritional start for babies
* Baby-led weaning (BLW)
* How to prepare healthy baby food when traveling
* Demo on making nutritious baby food for 6 months old onwards


Non-bake Steamed Cupcakes with Chia Seeds

* 1/2 cup (75g) all purpose / plain flour
* 1 tablespoon chia seeds, soaked in 4 tablespoons water, for at least 15 minutes (to replace 1 egg)
* 1 teaspoon baking powder (I used 1.5 teaspoon natural baking powder)
* 1.5 tablespoons molasses sugar / brown sugar / muscovado sugar
* 3 tablespoons milk / orange juice
* 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil / rice bran oil / virgin coconut oil
* 1 medium banana

1. Sift flour and baking powder.
2. In a blender, blender together chia seeds gel, milk and oil till creamy.
3. Combined the blended liquid mix with the sifted flour and baking powder.
4. Place about 2 tablespoons batter into cupcake liner.
5. Place water in a wok and set up a steaming rack. Bring water to boil, steam the cupcakes for 10 minutes.

Avocado Milk Chia Pudding

* 1/2 cup fresh milk
* 2 tablespoons chia seeds
* 1/2 avocado

1. In a blender, combine all ingredients till evenly mixed.
2. Pour into a bowl or container, cover and chill for at least 4 hours.

Creamy Oatmeal with Red Beans

* 3 tablespoons organic rolled oats
* 1-2 tablespoons red bean, pre-cooked
* 1/2 cup water
* 1/2 cup milk

1. Place all ingredients in a stainless steel bowl.
2. Steam for about 20 minutes or until oatmeal is soft and creamy.

Health tips:

- Chia seeds are best plant-based source of Omega-3 fatty acids on the planet. Omega-3 are not made in our body, we need to get them from our diet. They help to build new cells, reduce inflammation, regulate immunity, prevent heart disease and diabetes, improve brain function and promote healthy skin, hair and nails. They are also potent sources of complete protein, and more easily digestible compared to soy beans or peas' protein. It is also rich in both calcium and iron, it has 2.7x more iron than spinach.

- Oats is one of the best food for baby as it is high in fiber, calcium, and protein and is less constipating than white rice. It is also quick to prepare and is a convenient traveling food for young babies.
- Grains and legumes that are high in protein and good for babies: lentil (e.g. red lentil), millet, quinoa, amaranth.

- Soak grains and legumes for 7 hours or overnight for babies younger than 10 months. After 10 months, soaking for 4-5 hours should be sufficient.

- Grains (i.e. whole wheat, millet, rye, quinoa, brown rice, oats) and legumes (i.e. peas, beans, lentils, soybeans) contain phytic acid, which is hard for young babies to digest and may cause gassiness / tummy upset. Soaking before cooking will reduce phytic acid and make grains easier to digest.

- Introduce new food to baby in the morning. If allergic reaction does occur, you will have time to seek for medical help.

- Black, red, and dark green food: high in iron and anti-oxidants. E.g. beetroot and red beans are high in iron.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Baby's millet porridge with purple sweet potato and purple carrot

Before cooking, I soak the millet grains overnight. Soaking grains for 7 hours or overnight is recommended for babies younger than 10 months. After 10 months, soaking for 4-5 hours should be sufficient.

Grains such as whole wheat, millet, rye, quinoa, brown rice, and oats contain phytic acid, which is hard for young babies to digest and may cause tummy upset. Soaking grains before cooking will reduce phytic acid and make grains easier to digest.

I cook my millet porridge in the Seed Lunch Box. For 1 tablespoon of millet, I add about 100ml of filtered water and set the timer to 35 minutes.

Chop, steam, and blend purple carrot and purple sweet potato together. The darker purple cubes are purple carrot.

Then, mix the purple-colored puree with millet together.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Chia seeds pancakes with creamy sweet corns

I love pancakes! They are the best option for breakfast or even dinner. I have made egg and banana pancakes before. This time, I make chia seeds pancakes.

Ingredients (for pancakes):

2 tablespoons chia seeds soaked in 8 tablespoons* of water
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons melted butter

* Chia seeds are used to replace eggs. 1 tablespoon of chia seeds plus 4 tablespoons to replace 1 egg.

Ingredients (for sweet corns):

1/2 can creamy corn
2 tablespoons of milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 tablespoon melted cream cheese

How to:

Combine all ingredients (for pancakes) in a bowl and whisk till combined. Place the batter in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Heat a non-stick pan and add some butter to coat. Grease the inner ring of an "egg banjo" with butter and place it at the center of the pan.

Spoon 2 tablespoons of batter into the "egg banjo" ring. Cook for 30 seconds, remove ring, and flip.

Cook for another 10 seconds and remove from the pan. Lay them out flat so they can cool. Repeat until all batter is gone.

In a bowl, combine creamy corn with milk, butter, and cream cheese. Refrigerate for 30 minutes if you like it cold.

Serve pancakes layered with creamy sweet corn. I love the combined crunchiness of chia seeds and sweet corn. Perfect!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Homemade baby "Cerelac" with rice cereal and vegetable medley purees :)

I have introduced fruits and vegetables to my baby since he's six months old.

Fruits: Avocado, apple, pear, nectarine, prunes, banana

Vegetables: Butternut squash, pumpkin, carrot, zucchini (green, yellow), sweet potato (yellow, orange, purple), snow pea (fresh, frozen)

I also make my own homemade baby "Cerelac" by mixing Why Not? Organic First Flavor Cereal (rice) with vegetable medley purees for him. It's fun!

I prepare the rice cereal and the vegetables puree separately.

Note: I don't freeze purees because I think he suffers from wind after eating defrosted and re-steamed purees.

For the rice cereal, I stir two tablespoons of rice cereal with warm water and set aside. Once the vegetables have been steamed and pureed, I pour the rice cereal into the puree and mix well. Then, I add a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil.

Vegetable medley #1: Green zucchini, orange sweet potato

Vegetable medley #2: Green zucchini, carrot, purple sweet potato

Vegetable medley #3: Green zucchini, yellow zucchini, carrot, butternut squash

Vegetable medley #4: Green zucchini, carrot, snow pea (fresh and frozen)

Great bonding-feeding time between father and son! :)

Note: Baby is eight months old. I will include more grains into his diet, including brown rice, oats, red lentil, and millet.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Steamed cream cheese filled apple puree cupcakes

Steamed cream cheese filled apple puree cupcakes

Recipe is adapted from here.

Ingredients (for cupcakes):

1/2 cup (75g) all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 medium egg
2 tablespoons fresh milk
2 tablespoons molasses
1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
2 tablespoons apple puree (I used Organix baby apple puree)
2 tablespoons of chopped almonds

Ingredients (for cream cheese filling):

200g cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup fresh milk

How to:

1. Prepare your steamer by warming it up with medium heat.

2. To make cupcakes: Sieve flour and baking powder. Add molasses into it. Beat in egg, milk and oil. Add in apple puree and chopped almonds. Mix gently. Do not over-mix.

4. To make cream cheese filling: In a separate large bowl, combine cream cheese and milk. Beat until well blended.

5. Prepare 4 cupcake holders. Drop about 1 teaspoon of cream cheese mixture into each cup.

6. Place about 1 tablespoon of batter into each cup, covering the cheese.

7. Steam for 10 minutes. 

8. They are ready when a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.


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