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Moong Dal: Good for Babies and Mommies

Puneet Kaur

Puneet Kaur
24 December 2020

This article is written by Puneet Kaur. She is a well-known nutritionist, fitness enthusiast and a lifestyle changer. An army wife, a mom and the CEO of 'Its Healthy Moms', she focuses on the overall wellness of women.

Moong Dal Benefits for Babies

The moong dal bean, also known as the green gram, mung, or maash, is a plant species in the legume family. This bean is mostly cultivated in East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent. It is a common ingredient in many of the dishes in Indian cuisine.

There are two types of moong dal – green (split with skin) and yellow. The yellow variety is one of the best vegan and vegetarian superfoods. This dal is low in fat, high in fibre and is a significant source of plant-based protein along with vitamins and antioxidants.

This Indian dal can be cooked in a number of delicious ways. However, if you are looking for an uplifting, light and at the same time delicious way to add moong dal to your diet, then moong dal khichdi is just the perfect answer. Moong dal khichdi is often one of the first foods given to toddlers as well as considered to be the best baby food. A one pot meal that is nourishing not only for the babies and toddlers, but also for the mommies. Feeding khichdi to your baby has its own part of benefits. This supports not only the physical development of the little one, but also overall well-being.

Benefits of Moong Dal for Babies and Mommies

Benefits of Moong Dal for Babies

1. Strong Bones

It adds nutrients like calcium and magnesium to your diet. They help to build stronger bones.

2. Improves Metabolism

It is a good source of B vitamins. Thus, helps to maintain the energy levels and improves metabolism of both - the growing baby and the new mother.

3. Better Growth and Development

The essential amino acids present can do wonders for not only your hair, skin and nails, but also for your baby's growth and development. Also, it is a good source of folate. Folate is extremely essential for the baby’s growth. After all, it works with the bodily processes to make new cells and enriches the internal development of numerous parts of the body.

4. Aids Digestion

It is extremely essential for the baby to digest food for better growth and development. The soluble fibre and resistant starch present in moong dal khichdi promotes digestion.

5. Aids in Postpartum Recovery

It helps with early recovery of new moms after delivery, be it normal delivery or C-section.

6. Immunity

The zinc present in this dal promotes immunity, hence leading to a healthy immune system. It also determines the way neurons function, thus affecting memory and learning as well, which are extremely crucial for the growing baby.

7. More Active

Moong dal khichdi has complex carbs. This will keep you and the baby full for longer hours. Hence keeping both of you more active and again making it one of the best baby foods.

While it forms the healthiest food for kids and mommies, one must not overdo the same. Moreover, if you have just started to wean your baby, first adjust him/her to simply mashed rice. Once the little one is adjusted to mashed rice, start with khichdi after a week or two.

With all these amazing benefits of this dal and moong dal khichdi, it is certainly essential to make it a part of your regular diet. Making this food for kids is just as easy as it is for them to digest. Try the Tata Sampann Moong Dal as it is a bold premium grain. The desi moong variants are sourced from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, which are known for fine quality of the same.



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Your baby’s first solids: How your infant can shift smoothly from breastmilk to other foods

Dr. Dharini Krishnan

Dr. Dharini Krishnan
09 January 2021

This article is authored by Dr. Dharini Krishnan, an award-winning Consultant Dietitian, she believes that for a healthy body and mind, we must combine modern medicine with native Indian practices which are proven to benefit us.

Every step of raising an infant is fraught with stress, as parents agonize over whether they are making the right decisions. One of the biggest transitions parents worry over is the shift from breast milk to solid foods.

Fortunately, the process can be easy and comfortably managed if parents follow a few simple strategies.

Infant growth and nutrition

Eat Breakfast

The first year of a baby’s life is a time of rapid and intense growth. Usually, the baby doubles its birth weight at about six months and triples it at about one year. All of the physiological systems of the infant body undergo rapid growth. The baby’s height also increases by about 10-12 inches in the first year after birth.

Brain development is another crucial area of rapid growth. Infants are born with 100-200 billion neurons or nerve cells, but these are not fully mature. During infancy and toddlerhood, the brain forms thousands of connections between its nerve cells.

Infants also develop several sensory and motor reflexes, as well as motor skills related to crawling, standing and walking.

All of these developments require large amounts of energy, as well as a range of nutrients. While breast milk forms a necessary part of the infant diet, therefore, it is not sufficient by itself.

Transitioning from breastmilk to solid foods

Skin Care

Shifting to solid foods is a gradual and progressive process that can be carried out in a series of well-planned steps. The first food infants can be introduced to are grains in the form of porridge, since they provide energy in the form of carbohydrates to fuel the infant’s growth. In south India, ragi is often preferred because it is a rich source of calcium, iron and protein, besides providing carbohydrates. These grains have to be dehusked by soaking, grinding and straining to make them easy to digest.

Next, infants can be introduced to a new vegetable every week. Parents can begin with carrots and watery vegetables, followed by beans, and finally leading up to cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli. With fruits, parents can start with stewed apple, followed by mashed ripe bananas, and then other soft fruits. Harder fruits should be blended before being fed to infants.

With proteins, green gram dal is the best to start with, while some proteins like chana dal should preferably be given only after one year. Non-vegetarian proteins like egg, fish and chicken can also be started after the first year.

If breastfeeding is stopped after the first year for any reason, cow’s milk or curd can be given. Once the child reaches the age of one, he or she can eat most of the foods that the rest of the family eats, provided nothing is too oily or spicy.

In terms of preparation, parents should start with pureed or mashed foods, followed by food cut into very tiny pieces. Eventually, they can move to finger foods and then hard foods such as small apple pieces or boiled beans.

Feeding fussy children

For many parents, children growing fussy about eating is a major cause for concern. However, many children become fussy when parents focus too much attention on the feeding process in some way. When children start sitting up, they should be encouraged to pick up pieces of their food and eat it themselves. They should also be encouraged to sit and eat with the rest of the family from the first year onwards. If they learn from other members of the family to eat different varieties of foods, they are likely to develop healthy eating habits. On the other hand, if parents try to only feed children particular foods that they initially develop a liking for, they are more likely to grow fussy.

Transitioning from breastmilk to solid foods can seem a complex and difficult task for many parents. However, there are a few simple strategies that parents can follow to simply things for themselves and their babies. Done right, introducing children to solid foods can be a joyous experience of discovery for parent and child.



DISCLAIMER

The views and opinions expressed, and assumptions & analysis presented in this content piece are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any other agency, organization, employer or company. The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this website is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

 

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