Food

Your Baby Should Eat Nuts


Introducing complementary foods to your baby can be easy if you try out different food options. One of which is nuts- peanuts ( groundnut), cashew nuts, walnut and others.

Nuts are highly nutritious and known to be a rich source of beneficial fatty acids, vitamin E, and protein which very good for babies that require lots of good nutrition for proper growth and development.

If there is no history of allergies, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recommends you can introduce your baby to nuts as early as six months. Waiting until your baby is older to introduce nuts is not necessary.


Some parents delay giving their babies nuts and other highly allergenic foods like soy, fish, seafood, dairy, eggs, and wheat. This does not help to prevent allergies in the future rather when these foods are introduced early since it reduces the chances of children from becoming allergic to them later in life.

In spite of loads of benefits found in giving your baby different types of nuts, parents need to take caution on the following.

  • Do not give a child less than five a whole nut to eat and giving peanut butter in a spoon to a baby. This could cause a choking hazard.
  • If you are introducing nuts to your child’s meals ensure that it is ground or crushed into smaller piece.
  • If you have a family history of allergies such as Eczema and other food allergies, you need to see the doctor before giving nuts to your baby as a weaning food.

Here are simple ways to infuse your child’s meal with peanut

  • Mix a teaspoon or two of ground peanut into a plate with your baby’s cereal, yoghurt. Ensure that it is not too thick; stir it well before giving it to your baby.
  • You can also use spread peanut, cashew nut butter on bread to serve as a finger food. Toddlers would enjoy this better. Though your baby may not be able to bite off, she can suck on it and lick up the nutritious butter too.

Peanut butter is great for vegetarians and vegan babies. You can either make your peanut butter or get a store bought one. In getting a store-bought peanut butter, look out for the ones that do not contain added salt or sugar.

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How to Make Healthy Home-Made Peanut Butter


Peanut is a delicious and nutritious nut that everyone can snack on. It can be eaten alone or use as a compliment to other foods.

In Nigeria, many people do different food combinations with groundnut. Some of which are garri (cassava flakes) and groundnut, garden egg and groundnut, boli ( smoked plantain) and groundnut, peanut butter for the bread. It is even used for cooking soup too.

Today, you will be learning how to make home-made peanut butter that is natural with no sugar, salt or preservatives.


Ingredients

  • Raw or already roasted Groundnuts (of your desired quantity)
  • Garri
  • Salt

Method ( Roasting)

You should follow this procedure if you starting to make your peanut from the scratch

  • Pick stones from the raw groundnuts and soak in hot water until the water changes colour
  • Drain the water out, sprinkle a little salt and spread it on a tray out in the sun or oven. Dry until the wetness disappears. Roast in a pot or a pan
  • To make roast the groundnuts, preheat the pan by placing it on fire for a few minute before sprinkling the garri instead of sand in it.
  • Add your groundnut and stir on 5-minute interval so that it would roast evenly
  • Let it roast until you are satisfied till you get the level of brownness you want.
  • Remove it from pan and place in a colander or sieve for it to cool
  • After some minutes, you can taste it to enjoy your crunchy peanut

Oven

  • After the destoning, selection, soaking and salting of the peanuts which has been explained in details above.
  • You need to preheat your oven to about 350 degrees
  • Pour the already salted groundnut into your oven pan
  • Stir on a five minutes interval and let it roast for 15 to 20 minutes
  • Allow it cool for some minutes and store in an airtight container to help it remain crunchy.

Peanut Butter

After your roasted peanut is ready before it gets to room temperature, pour it into a clean cloth and dehusk by rubbing the clothes together. The crispier it is the easier it would be when grinding

  • Blow out the husk and place the groundnut into your food processor or mixer.
  • You can add other things like salt, sugar and pepper powder (this is optional).
  •  Do not fill the mixer jar to the brim with your peanuts.
  •  First, pulse it, then increase the speed of your food processor or mixer to make it into a smooth paste
  • When it cools, store in a plastic or glass airtight containers
  • Peanut butter can be stored for 2-4 weeks in a refrigerator and up to 6 months in a freezer.
  • Ensure that you stir the peanut butter thoroughly before every use.
  • Peanut is good for everyone (as long as you do not have allergies). It can be used as a weaning food for babies and a perfect accompaniment for finger foods, spread and cereals.

Note: If you are using a store-bought roasted peanut, you can toast and stir in a pan for about 5 minutes. Then pour it into the food processor for a good wipe into peanut butter.

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