FIVE Ways to Integrate OATS into a Kiddos Diet

photo 11 150x150 FIVE Ways to Integrate OATS into a Kiddos DietOats are a wonderful addition to your family’s diet. Oats are great for the heart, and packed with loads of fiber and protein, oats help your family start the day right.  They also contain antioxidants that protect the circulatory system. Some of you may have noticed that I get a wee bit obsessed with certain food (erh…leeks for example) and OATS are no exception. Oats provide a good bang for your buck. So great for you and easy to integrate into your meals.  So below are a few of my favorite ways to integrate oats into my kiddo’s diet.

As many of you know, my current method of preparing oats involves grinding them to a powder with my coffee grinder.  This method works well for us and I am sticking with it.  You can choose to prepare your oats any way that works for your family.

TOP FIVE FAVES

  1. Simply Oatmeal with Fruit– Now this one is big and wide. Very simple. Add oats to a variety of fruits such as bananas, apples, peaches, blueberries apricots or strawberries, serve with some Greek yogurt and you have a breakfast jammed packed full of goodness to start your kiddo’s day.  Also adding a little spice, such as cinnamon or nutmeg, is always a sure winner!  A few of my favorite combos are:
    • Apple & Cinnamon
    • Pear Cinnamon & Vanilla
    • Strawberry & Peaches
    • Roasted Banana & Nutmeg
    • Any sort of melon (helps to thicken the puree too)
  2. Smoothie Sneak – I am a fan of banana smoothies with vanilla, plain yogurt with ice. You can get as creative as you want with smoothies but I like to keep it simple, especially if your kiddo is still young (i.e. one year or less). Strawberry peach smoothies are also a favorite.  Add a bit of ground oats and you are off to a great day. Smoothies are also a good vessel for adding Flax Oil.
  3. Banana Oat Pancakes with Cinnamon – One of my kiddos recent favorite meals. Such a treat and so easy. Simply make a batter as you would normally, add a bit of ground up oats (as much as you would like to add, I typically add 1/8 cup to a cup of batter or so) and mashed bananas (again as much as you would like to add, I typically mash a half a banana and mix in a bit at a time).  My kiddo takes to a thicker pancake better because it works better as a finger food. I also put a smidge of Greek yogurt on the side of his dish. He “dips” the pancake (or smashes) in the yogurt as a nice compliment.
  4. Breaded Fish – Totally with compliments to Wholesome Babyfood.  My little guy loves cod so adding a little oat crust and some spice was welcomed with opened arms (or mouth I should say).
  5. Oatmeal with Pumpkin – Bake or steam pumpkin, add a little nutmeg, add your ground oats and puree away. Your little one will be in heaven.  With loads of Vitamin A as well as other Vitamins and Minerals such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Potassium, Copper and Maganese, pumpkin is wonderful to integrate into your family’s diet.  Of course you can substitute other squash, acorn or butternut for example, and the combination would also work well.  I just happen to like pumpkin!

A great resource for using OATS is the Quaker Oats website.

Happy Eating!
Marnie

Marnie

Founder, Publisher, Writer & Editor at Carrots Are Orange, Inc.
Marnie began Carrots Are Orange in 2010 after the birth of her first son. Carrots Are Orange is a Montessori inspired learning and living blog for parents and educators. She hails from Maine, a wonderfully down to earth place to grow up. Marnie moved to the west coast in 1999, currently living east of Seattle with her husband and three young boys. She is pursuing Montessori certification. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, PBS Kids, BabyCenter, the Melissa & Doug blog, and WhattoExpect.com.

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