As with all other women, after becoming a Mom I started paying more attention to where my food was coming from. I realized that most of the food products in our stores were full of pesticides and that’s when I started looking into organic food. After sampling it, I was surprised to find that they tasted much better and were more wholesome.
However, there are still very few options for organic baby food in India, and so I decided to start one myself! I got in touch with Bangalore-based Organic Mandya and that’s how Little Moppet Foods was born. We now have a full range of baby cereals, porridge mixes, instant mixes, healthy flakes, health drinks as well as instant breakfast mixes for busy Moms.
1. Sathumaavu Health Mix
Sathumaavu Health Mix is truly a mix of the healthiest ingredients around! With a combination of pulses, grains, dry fruit and spices, this mix is rich in Vitamin B Complex, iron, magnesium, calcium and molybdenum. It also contains good dietary fibre and protein.
Why give to baby : This mix is a great way to ensure that your weaning baby gets access to all the nutrients her body needs. It is also a good weight gaining food, and helps underweight babies regain their health. The fibre helps baby’s bowel movements go smoothly and prevents constipation.
How to make : Mix two tablespoons of Sathumaavu Health Mix with 2 cups water without lumps. Cook the mixture on a medium flame for at least 10 minutes. Fruit Purees can be added to the porridge to make it sweet.
2. Dry Fruits Powder for Kids
A great way to naturally increase the taste and nutrition of baby’s food is to add some dry fruits powder to it. This powder contains a mix of assorted dry fruits like almonds, cashews and pistachios, along with healing spices like nutmeg, saffron and turmeric.
Why give to baby : With so many healthy ingredients, this powder is loaded with healthy fats which aid brain development in babies. They also strengthen the immune system and promote healthy skin, hair and bones. The mix also prevent anemia and helps in healthy development of muscles, nerves and bones.
How to make : For babies over 8 months, add a 1/4 teaspoon of the dry fruits powder to porridges, pancakes, rotis or desserts. You can increase the quantity gradually. For kids over the age of 1, 2 or 3 teaspoon of the powder can be mixed in hot or chilled milk.
3. Sprouted Sathumaavu Mix
The Sprouted Sathumaavu Mix is a blend of a whopping 19 healthy ingredients, all sourced from natural sources and free from added sugar, salt or synthetic flavours. With so many components, this mix is chock full of protein, calcium, carbohydrates, essential vitamins & minerals.
Why give to baby : Sprouting the lentils ensures that all these vital nutrients are readily absorbed by the baby’s body, especially for iron, zinc and Vitamin C. The high calorific value provides good energy for the baby to grow and play, and also contributes in gaining weight. The spices also help in digestion and prevent gas and bloating.
How to make : Mix 2 tablespoons of Sprouted Sathu Maavu powder with 2 cups water, without lumps. Cook the mixture on medium flame for at least 10 minutes. Fruit Purees can be added to the porridge to make it naturally sweet.
4. Instant Sprouted Ragi Mix
Ragi or finger millet is a great food for weaning babies, but sometimes store bought ragi may not be easily digested. The solution is to use the Instant Sprouted Ragi Mix that is full of calcium, proteins, iron and dietary fibre.
Why give to baby : With so much fibre, this mix makes for a filling meal for your baby, and helps him to play or sleep well without getting hungry too soon. It also helps the movement of food and waste through the digestive system preventing constipation in babies. The calcium ensures strong bones and teeth.
How to make : Add 100 ml of boiled hot water to 4 tbsp of powder and cover the bowl with a lid for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes stir well and serve. You can add a little bit of jaggery to give it a naturally sweet taste for toddlers and babies above 1 year.
5. Sprouted Ragi Powder
While ragi or finger millet is a nutritional super food on its own, sprouting it increases its health benefits multiple times. The nutrients are also more bio-available, meaning that they are more readily absorbed by your baby’s body.
Why give to baby : Ragi is an excellent source of calcium, and is ideal for babies or toddlers who refuse to drink milk. It also has high Vitamin C which boosts immunity and good iron content that is essential for better cognitive function.
How to make : Add 2 tablespoons of Sprouted Ragi Powder to 2 cups water and mix without lumps. Cook the mixture on a medium flame for at least 15 minutes. Any pureed fruit can be added for sweetness. Serve lukewarm.
6. Instant Wheat Dalia Elaichi Powder
When you’re strapped for time or are travelling, an instant meal is a Godsend, especially if it’s made from natural ingredients and free from additives. Our Instant Wheat Dalia Elaichi powder is made from fibre-rich wheat and protein-rich roasted gram.
Why give to baby : This mix is wholegrain and rich in carbohydrates, providing enough energy for your baby to be active and explore. The protein ensures that his organs and muscles are developing well and that he’s getting stronger.
How to make : Add 100 ml of boiled hot water to 4 tbsp of powder and close the bowl with a lid for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes stir well and serve.
7. Raw Kerala Banana Powder
Raw Kerala Banana powder is the perfect way to feed your baby traditional baby food with wholesome goodness. Raw Kerala bananas have more calories per weight than regular bananas and are very high in dietary fibre.
Why give to baby : This is an excellent weight gaining food for underweight babies. The high fibre content ensures that your baby’s digestion is smooth. The mix also has high Vitamin C, an essential component for increasing immunity.
How to make : Mix 1 tablespoon of Raw Kerala Banana Powder with water without lumps. Cook on a medium flame for 5-10 minutes. Serve lukewarm.
8. Millet Sathumaavu Mix
Our Millet Sathumaavu Mix is the ultimate baby food, containing 22 handpicked ingredients. With 7 different millets and other pulses and grains included, your baby gets Energy-giving carbs, muscle-forming proteins, digestive fibre, brain building vitamins and minerals, all together in one go.
Why give to baby : The mix has a good protein that helps baby’s development to proceed well. Essential minerals and healthy fats promote healthy brain development and high calcium ensures the growth of healthy bones and teeth.
How to make : Mix 2 tablespoons of Millet Sathumaavu powder with 2 cups water without lumps. Cook the mixture on medium flame for at least 15 minutes.
9. Instant Soya Rice Porridge Powder
Some babies may not eat meat or eggs, and they may miss out on protein. This Instant Soya Rice Porridge powder is the perfect substitute as it contains the extremely protein-rich soya, along with energy giving rice.
Why give to baby : Protein is crucial for growth, especially in young babies who develop at a rapid rate. It is also rich in nutrients such as folate, potassium, fibre as well as antioxidants that help to keep the baby’s body healthy even as he grows older.
How to make : Add 100 ml of boiled hot water to 4 tbsp of powder and close the bowl with a lid for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, stir well and serve. Please avoid if there is a history of allergy to soya products.
10. Multigrain Health Drink
Young children are known to be fussy eaters and as a result they miss out on essential nutrients. This Multigrain Health Drink aims to fill all the nutritional gaps by providing enough carbohydrate and protein, along with magnesium, calcium, thiamine, manganese, phosphorous, zinc and more.
Why give to baby : The Multigrain Health Drink helps your child gain weight, builds immunity and aids brain development. It also enhances bone strength and boosts muscle growth, while promoting the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut.
How to make : For babies over 8 months, add a 1 tbsp of powder to piping 2 cups hot water, mix well and serve as porridge. For children above 1 year, add to 1 tsp to 100 ml of hot milk. Stir well and serve.
Dr.Hemapriya, a.k.a the “Doctor Mommy” is a medical doctor by profession, no longer into active medical practice as her two little moppets keep her pretty much busy. She is one of India’s top mom bloggers. You can find more about her here.