It sounds too functional to be true, doesn't it?
Yet that secret ingredient DOES exist – and YOU can augment the nutritive value of many of your newborn's meals by the simple addition of wheat germ.
Note: Before including wheat germ (which comprises gluten), or any wheat products into your newborn's diet, remember to evaluate with your doctor.
What is wheat germ?
Nutritionally speaking, wheat germ is one of the most beneficial products available. It is the smallest part of the total grain, which is made up of 4 parts
the husk (outer layer)
the bran (a nutritious, high fibre part of the grain)
the endosperm (the most extremely important part of the grain, used in processed grain foods)
the germ (the smallest part of the grain, packed with nutrients)
Why is wheat germ functional for my newborn?
The list of nutrients contained in wheat germ is impressive – of course, wheat germ provides more nutrients per oz than every other grain or vegetable. By including it to your newborn's food, you are providing him with
phosphorus (wanted for biological teeth and bones)
vitamins B1 and B3
vitamin B5 (otherwise referred to as pantothenic acid, which helps the body assimilate energy from food)
vitamin E (which strengthens the immune gadget)
protein (the protein content material of wheat germ is really higher than most meats)
Buying and storing wheat germ
You can buy wheat germ at health food stores and it is more commonly becoming available in leading supermarkets. It is sold in both fresh and toasted forms – fresh is positive, if available.
You may notice on the packaging that you are advised to keep wheat germ in the refrigerator (fresh deserve to be refrigerated without notice and toasted deserve to be refrigerated once opened). This is major, as wheat germ comprises fat and will spoil if stored incorrectly. To maintain freshness, always keep opened wheat germ in an airtight container.
Adding wheat germ to newborn's food
Wheat germ has a unconditionally subtle, faintly sweet flavor, meaning you can easily add it to both savoury and sweet newborn food dishes. If your newborn is a fussy eater and you are concerned that he is not receiving adequate nutrition from his solid food, then the addition of wheat germ ensures that he receives an extra dose of beneficial nutrients with everything he eats. It will be included in virtually any dish…
sprinkle some on newborn's cereal, or fruit purees
use it to top cooked veggies
stir it into your newborn's stews and casseroles or soups
stir some into your newborn's yogurt
mix it with breadcrumbs when breading bird, tofu etc for your newborn
use it as a "dusting" to coat slippery finger foods for your newborn
when baking for newborn, use small quantities of wheat germ in opportunity to equivalent quantities of flour
Do remember that wheat germ helps constipation, which ability that giving your newborn too a whole lot may have quite the opposite influence! Sprinkle a little over his meals and don't use wheat germ if your newborn has diarrhea.
Christine Albury is a mother of four and the owner/editor of Homemade Baby Food Recipes – your complete publication to solid feeding ideal through newborn's first year.