Why should babies avoid eating store-bought biscuits?
Although not all store-bought biscuits contain unhealthy ingredients, it may not always be possible to tell if they are inappropriate for the babys health. Thus, it is better to avoid commercial, packaged biscuits for babies.
Which biscuits are suitable for babies?
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Shape each piece into a rough log about 10 to 11 long, placing the logs crosswise on the sheet, and spacing them about 2 apart. Using your wet fingers and/or a wet spatula, flatten and smooth the logs till they're about 3/4 thick, and about 1 1/4 wide.
Bake the logs for 23 to 25 minutes, until they're beginning to brown around the bottom edges. Remove them from the oven, and allow them to cool right on the pan for about 10 minutes. Spritz with water, sprinkle with more cinnamon sugar, and let them cool for another 15 to 20 minutes. While the logs are cooling, reduce the oven temperature to 325F.
The main ingredient which goes into the making of biscuits is refined wheat flour. Whole wheat is undoubtedly a healthier option; but the refined one is absolutely devoid of any nutritional aspects. Maida, as it is commonly called, is basically the discarded by-product of wheat as it undergoes the process of refinement and polishing, thereby wiping off all the health benefits of whole wheat, namely vitamins and fibre. Due to the lack of fibre it may also cause digestive issues like constipation and irregular bowel movement in babies as well as adults. The reason behind this process of refinement is to make the biscuits tastier and increase their shelf life. Good for the store owners, and an absolute no-no for the consumers.
The dough used to make biscuits has to be made firm and stable to maintain the consistency, shape and flavor for longer duration of time. Hence, trans fats, which are the additives are used for the same. The side-effects of the Trans fats are quite lethal apart from being zero in nutrients, they cause a serious imbalance in the good cholesterol and bad cholesterol levels, vision problems in babies, nervous disorders, allergic conditions, diabetes in babies and obesity too. These are solid reason enough to completely cut off biscuits from your babys diet. There are brands which claim that there are no trans fats in their product, which is unlikely in most cases. The amount may vary, but every packaged food is sure to contain a certain amount of trans fat, the only thing which may vary is the concentration.
Threptin Biscuits are far better than normal biscuits because it has a higher protein content, especially those who are lactose intolerant cannot consume milk dairy products. While you can give 1-2 diskettes of Threptin, best to limit the usage to times when your child is being picky about food or you are travelling.
Here is the video of how to make almond cookies for toddlers and kidsmethod:
If you dont believe, check out my other wholewheat breads and you will stop baking with APF. All my banana bread recipes are free of all purpose flour and i have used either wheat flour or Oats Flour or combination of both.
To make these cookies, grate jaggery in a bowl and then add oil and vanilla essence to it. Measure whole-wheat flour and transfer to wet ingredients bowl. Add salt and baking soda and rub all the ingredients between your fingers. You will get crumble like mixture. Or it may happen, that you can easily form a dough else ads 1-2 tbsp of milk. Preheat the oven to 350F and line a cookie tray with parchament paper. Divide the dough into 9-10 equal round size ball and then put and press a dry fruit on top.
Its also got ALL the information you need to get started from the timing of introducing foods to the order of foods to how to store homemade baby food and what to do with leftovers. Its kind-of my way of holding your hand through this process and making it oh so easy.