Hey reader! Let me tell you about dry dates powder you will love to add to your baby’s diet!
Probably, you will be super excited if your child crosses 6 months and gets prepared to introduce solid foods.
Most moms start doing their research on the internet from purees, smoothies, beverages, porridges and even cakes.
But most moms are not aware of the choking hazards! You may wonder, why is this important when you give only purees and everything mashed.
Did you know that choking is the leading cause of injury and death among children, especially under 4? Scary right?
This is caused by foods and even toys and coins. Hot dogs are the most choking food found in children. Others are nuts, seeds, popcorns, whole grapes and dates.
Your 6 to 12-month-old child is learning to eat food, just chew and swallow. It doesn’t mean you should stop all these foods.
You could change the mode of delivery which means you can grind the dates and give to your child which makes the process easy instead sitting beside your child and see whether your child get choked by the dates.
- Dry dates powder?
- Will it be beneficial for my child?
- How to make dry dates powder?
Let’s dive straight into the topic now!
1. Dry Dates Powder
- Dates are long recognized as a sweet snack, loaded with a lot of nutritional benefits. In the ingredient industry, a new application for dates is dates powder.
- Also known as date sugar, this could be an excellent substitute instead of white polished sugar.
- You can add this in vegetable purees like potato, peas and rice porridge if your child gets bored with the regular sick taste.
- Compared to any other sweeteners, date sugar is relatively unprocessed, unrefined and retain much of nutrients.
2. Nutritional Value Of Dry Dates Powder
One teaspoon of date sugar has 15 calories and 3.0 of sugar. They contain trace amounts of iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium.
1. High In Fibre
Fibre can benefit your baby’s digestive health by preventing constipation. They promote regular bowel movements by contributing formation to the stools. Additionally, it also aids digestion.
2. They Contain Anti-Oxidants
Antioxidant protect the cells from free radicals which of harmful molecules that are unstable and cause a harmful reaction leading to disease.
Flavonoids- reduce the risk of inflammation and has been studied has the potential to reduce the risk of developing diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease.
Carotenoids – reduce the risk of eye-related disorders such as macular degeneration.
Phenolic acid- good for cardiovascular health.
3. Promote Brain Function
One animal study have found that mice fed with food with dates significantly developed better memory and learning ability.
4. Bone Health
They contain minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus which promotes good bone health.
5. Rich Iron Source
Dry dates are a great source of iron, which is a major component to improve the baby’s haemoglobin content and regulating the flow of oxygen in the body.
3. How To Make Dry Dates Powder At Home?
2 cups of dry dates, you can also add nuts like almonds(but make sure you grind them well and remove the residue)
- Wipe the dry dates with a damp clean kitchen towel to remove any dirt or dust. (if any)
- Most importantly, de-seed the dates and chop them roughly using a sharp knife. If the dates are very hard to be chopped, use a pestle to crack the dates and de-seed them.
- Next, spread the chopped dates on the plate for about 7-10 days. The well sun-dried date pieces should crack easily.
- Then use a mixer grinder to grind the dates. Add the sun-dried dates in small batches and grind to get a powder.
- Grind the dry dates using a blender to get a thin consistency.
- At last, store the nutrient powder in a dry airtight container and you can use it as a nutritious natural sweetener in milk, porridge, puree, smoothie, yoghurt and cereal. This dates sugar or syrup is a very healthier choice than refined sugar.
Note: It stays good in an airtight container for about 4 months in room temperature.