You want to be sure that just like you, your baby eats healthy. Up to about eight months, your baby will begin solid foods. However, they are more like pureed foods. Thicker than formula or breast milk, but still liquid-like. Then you start giving the baby a little thicker food, such as mashed instead of puree. Yes, your baby will experience a whole new realm of foods beginning now. You may think that buckwheat is part of the wheat group of foods, but you would be wrong. Buckwheat is more of a seed that was thrown into the mix of grains. I realize that many of us do not eat buckwheat yet; we probably should, though. Buckwheat is one of those super cool, superfoods for your baby. It has a wide array of nutrients that your baby needs to help grow and develop.
Following The Form
Buckwheat can be found in two different forms. Most often, you will find it ground into flour. It is also available in the original seed form. You should store buckwheat in airtight containers, and it is best to store in the refrigerator. Also considered as Kasha, it can be roasted with a variety of flavors added. You can also find Kasha in the supermarket flour aisle.
Start The Good Stuff
Here is where you will learn why buckwheat is considered a superfood for your baby. To begin with, buckwheat is completely gluten-free. We are finding that more and more people are having issues with gluten. This seed eliminates that possibility. Buckwheat is loaded with Niacin, Magnesium, Folate, Potassium, and Vitamin B2, along with calcium. There are sixteen total and complete nutrients in buckwheat, including Protein and Iron. These nutrients are the major aid in the growth and development of healthy babies. Oddly enough, this is one of those tastes that babies fall in love with instantly. It is also perfect for those with an allergy to wheat.
Buckwheat, as mentioned, comes in a flour form and also powdered buckwheat. The powder can be used to make cereal for your baby; it can be added to meatball mixtures or yogurt and fruit. Buckwheat is one of those foods that you can experiment with and add to many other foods. Using KashaKasha, cook it as though you are making a pilaf. You can also add it to fruit and top yogurt with it.
Interesting And Fun?
Not only will your baby enjoy playing with it and making a mess, but you can take the opportunity to begin some early learning. Buckwheat has been around for many centuries and has nourished man and beast since the 8th millennium BC. Buckwheat thrives in the cold regions of Tibet, where it is grown. A really strange fact is that although a seed, it is part of the rhubarb family. I know, your baby is not going to care about all that, they will just want to play with it and eat it. That is a good thing, be thankful that buckwheat can be cooked very quickly so that the little one can eat quicker. Buckwheat can also be found as flakes to be made into oatmeal of sorts.
Many babies begin to enjoy the taste so much that they will eat it every day. There is so much that can be done with buckwheat to change it up that there is no need to make the same foods every day. Being able to do so gives your baby this almost perfect superfood all the time. Mix it in meats, vegetables, with fruits or as a cereal itself. Explore and experiment to find new ways to eat it.
It is also important to speak with your pediatrician about buckwheat. He or she will tell you how much is appropriate for your baby and what to watch for after feeding your baby buckwheat the first time.
The Favorite Of Favorites
Here is one that should not surprise any of us. Remember how I stated buckwheat had been around forever? Well, how many times have you read about buckwheat cakes? I know in my years, one story we all know where I am from, is that the camp cook could never make enough buckwheat pancakes for Paul Bunyan. Not sure of Paul Bunyan? Look him up; there are even cartoons and stories you can share with your baby.
Most babies do fall in love with the flavor of buckwheat. There are some, though, even though it is not a wheat, that does show some allergic reaction after eating buckwheat. So when you first offer buckwheat to your baby, watch for any symptom or sign of an allergy. This could be a rash or nausea, or any other form of digestive issue. Keep in mind, the first time your baby may not show any reaction, but subsequent feedings they may begin to react. Give it a day or two in between giving your baby this superfood and watch for any difference in your baby.
Carbs, Calories And Blood Sugar
Consisting mainly of carbs in the form of starch, buckwheat has 343 calories per serving and will not cause any quick spike in blood sugar. Buckwheat is filled with fiber, making it helpful for colon health too. Buckwheat also has a higher level of antioxidants than most other forms of cereals. It has also been shown to promote good heart health; it can stave off heart disease and lower blood pressure.
Remember to speak with your baby’s pediatrician in regards to your baby and eating buckwheat. They will discuss with you the possibility of allergy reactions and also the health benefits. Ask friends, family, or search for interesting recipe ideas. Take the opportunity to tell your baby some fun and interesting facts about foods. It may not seem like they understand or care; however, the sooner you start teaching different things, the sooner they pick up and soak in all information.