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The Perfect First Cereal for Babies

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If you could feed your baby a tasty nutritional meal that was safe and affordable, would you think twice about it? This brown rice cereal recipe is perfect for infants: It's convenient to make and keep in the freezer for later use.

Babies digest rice easily and are less likely to be allergic to it than to any other grain. That's why it's a perfect first food. Brown rice, which is called for in this recipe, is extra nutritious since the vitamin-packed outer husk is still intact.

a bowl of brown rice cereal

Ingredients

3 cups brown rice, cooked according to package directions

Directions

Place the cooked brown rice in a blender with the breast milk/water/formula. Puree until it’s as smooth as possible. Pour the cereal into ice trays, cover and freeze overnight. Once frozen, pop the cubes out of the trays, place them in a freezer bag or container that's labeled with the date, and return it to the freezer. Lasts up to two months.

To Serve

Defrost the cubes, and add more breast milk or formula to develop a smooth consistency. For babies just starting solids, thin the cereal to a semi-liquid consistency. Warm the cereal slightly, if desired. You can change the flavor of the cereal by adding strained fruit or veggie once your baby has started to eat those foods.

 
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