Beetroots are one of the most colourful vegetables tinging all the food they are added to with a bright pink hue. Beetroots are highly nutritious too and should be included in your baby’s diet when you start introducing them to solid food. If your child is older and is yet be introduced to the goodness of beets, our easy to make and tasty beetroot recipes below will quickly make beets one of their favourite vegetables.
Benefits of Beetroots for babies and toddlers
#1. They are a superfood
A superfood is an easily digestible food which is packed with nutrients and beetroots fit that category. Beetroots contain Vitamin B, iron, manganese, copper, magnesium, potassium and also strong antioxidants that reduce free radicals and inflammation in the body.
#2. They are rich in iron
Many growing kids who are pick eaters suffer from anemia which is caused by a deficiency of iron in the body. Iron is essential in the diet to make new blood cells which carry oxygen to all parts of the body. Beetroots are a rich source of iron and help babies and toddlers fight anemia.
#3. Eases constipation
Does your child struggle on the toilet? Beetroots are rich in insoluble fibre which is not digested by the body but helps in regular bowel movement.
Simple Beetroot recipes for babies and toddlers
#1. ABC Juice
This Apple-Beetroot-Carrot (ABC) juice is the perfect way to introduce your babies and toddlers to beetroots and making this delicious juice takes just a few minutes.
- Beetroots - 2
- Apple - 1
- Carrot - 1
- Ginger - 1-inch piece
- Lemon Juice - 2 tablespoons
- Chop the beetroot, apple, carrot, and ginger into small pieces so that you can run it through your juicer.
- Now add the lemon juice.
- You could also add a bit of honey to make it sweeter.
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#2. Beetroot Lemonade
Lemonade is everyone’s favourite drink and kids will love it even more if it is bright pink. This recipe is an attractive twist to the traditional lemonade and power packed with the goodness of beetroot too.
- Lemon juice - Juice of 2 fresh lemons
- Sugar - half cup
- Beetroot - ¼ cup finely grated
- Drinking water - 4 cups
- In a blender, blend together the sugar, lemon juice, grated beet and 1 cup of water for a minute or until you get a bright pink mixture.
- Strain the mixture into a pitcher.
- Add the remaining water to the pitcher and stir.
- Add more sugar or lemon if required.
#3. Beetroot Soup
This easy to make and nutritious beetroot soup can be enjoyed not just by babies and toddlers, but by everyone in the family.
- Beetroots - 3
- Potato - 1
- Onion - 1 small
- Vegetable broth - 2 cups
- Yoghurt - ¼ cup
- Salt to taste
- Peel and dice all the vegetables.
- In a cooker add all the ingredients except yogurt. Cook till done.
- Once the veggies are cooked, drain and puree them.
- Add the fresh yoghurt and salt to this puree and your soup is ready.
#4. Apple Beetroot Porridge
This wonderful and healthy porridge is the perfect breakfast recipe for both babies and toddlers.
- Beetroot - 1
- Apple - 1
- Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
- Oats - ¼ cup
- Milk - ½ cup
- Peel and grate the beets, apples, and ginger.
- Add all the ingredients - grated beetroot, apple, ginger, oats, and milk in a pan and cook them for five minutes till soft and cooked.
- Add more milk to the porridge to make it thinner if needed.
- You could add a dash of honey to make the porridge sweet if required.
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#5. Beetroot Poori
For toddlers who have already been introduced to solid food, this beetroot poori is a tasty and colourful twist to the regular poori. In fact, the entire family can enjoy these colourful pooris with their favourite vegetable gravy.
- Whole wheat flour - 1 cup
- Beetroot Puree - of a small beetroot
- Garam Masala - 1/2 teaspoon
- Salt to taste
- Ghee - 1 teaspoon for the dough
- Oil for frying
- In a large bowl add all the ingredients - wheat flour, salt, garam masala, beetroot puree, and ghee and knead into the dough.
- Let it rest for half an hour.
- Make equal size balls, roll out the pooris and fry in oil.
- Serve with your baby’s or toddler’s favourite vegetable.
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#6. Beetroot Pancake
Most kids love pancakes and can eat them anytime and parents try to make them as nutritious as possible. This unique recipe not only adds the goodness of beetroots but makes the pancakes pink too!
- All purpose flour (maida) - 1 cup
- Whole-wheat flour - 3/4 cup
- Sugar - 1 tablespoon
- Baking powder - 1 tablespoon
- Beetroot puree - 3/4 cup
- Milk - 1/4 cup
- Plain yogurt - 1 cup
- Egg - 1
- Vanilla essence - 1 teaspoon
- Unsalted butter - 3 tablespoons, melted
- Sift together the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, and baking powder in a bowl.
- In another bowl, mix together the beet puree, milk, egg, butter, Greek yogurt, and vanilla essence.
- Now add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until well combined.
- Grease a frying pan with oil and drop two tablespoons of pancake mixture into it.
- Cook the pancake till one side is done and flip. Cook completely.
- Serve the pancake with honey, maple syrup or raspberry sauce.
#7. Beetroot Halwa:
This final recipe will appeal to everyone - babies, toddlers, kids and adults alike. The recipe is not much different from that of carrot halwa and it tastes just as good.
- Beetroot – 3, peeled and grated Gms
- Sugar – ½ cup
- Milk – 1 cup
- Ghee – 1 tablespoon
- Nuts – cashew and almonds, a few
- Elaichi – ½ tsp
- Peel and grate the beetroot.
- Heat the ghee in a thick bottom pan, add the grated beetroot and sauté until the moisture evaporates.
- Add the milk and mix well and close the pan with a lid.
- Let it cook on a low flame for some time while stirring at regular intervals.
- Once milk evaporates and the halwa thickens, add the sugar and ghee and mix well.
- In a separate pan roast the nuts (almonds, cashews).
- As the halwa thickens, keep adding ghee and stirring and also add the roasted nuts. Your delicious halwa is ready.
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The after effects of eating beetroots will entertain the toddlers endlessly. Beetroots contain a pigment which can give a pink tinge to urine and stool and this colourful bathroom activity can be a great chance to teach your children about body waste elimination. Ready to try these beetroot recipes? Let us know out of all these beetroot recipes, which one your kid liked the most.
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