When starting solid food for babies, parents inevitably will have many questions on what they can and can’t feed their babies. With coconut milk getting a lot of hype these days, parents would definitely want to give their babies a taste of this ‘superfood’. So, the question is, is coconut milk healthy for babies? Although coconut milk can never substitute breastmilk or formula milk, offering this superfood to babies has been proven to be beneficial in many ways. But, like any other food, before introducing coconut milk to babies, make sure that they go through the 4 days rule to eliminate possibilities of allergies.
Including coconut milk in babies’ diet can improve their immunity, bone strength and their general well-being. The vitamin and mineral content in it help regulate blood sugar, increase metabolism, treat inflammation, boost immune system, fight harmful bacteria and viruses, and aid vitamin absorption. Coconut milk can also make babies skin glow and hair shine. Not only is coconut milk healthy, the rich and creamy taste also make it a great flavor enhancer. For parents who choose to avoid salt and sugar in their baby’s diet, coconut milk can be a delicious alternative to enhance the flavor of their food.
Boxed or canned coconut milk in Singapore can be bought in stores or supermarkets. Alternatively, parents can make their own coconut milk using grated coconut that can be bought in the wet market. To make your own, you just have to boil shredded coconut and preferred amount of water. Once the water comes to a boil, sift the mixture through a cheesecloth and release as much liquid as possible from it and your coconut milk is ready!
Here are some simple recipes that incorporate the nutritious coconut milk for busy Singaporean parents to try:
- Creamy Coconut Oats Porridge
Oatmeal (Rolled or Instant)
– Heat olive oil in a skillet. Add garlic and let it brown.
– Add carrot, celery and a little bit of water. Once it softens, add broccoli florets
– Next, add oatmeal and half a cup of water.
– When the oatmeal is cooked, add coconut milk and wait for one boil.
– Remove it from heat quickly to avoid the milk from curdling.
– Sprinkle some sesame seeds and your baby’s healthy and delicious oatmeal is ready!
- Creamy banana pancake
– Mash the bananas and mix it with all the other ingredients in a large bowl.
– Let the mixture sit for half an hour.
– Heat oil on a pan over medium heat.
– Scoop the batter and slowly pour it on the pan.
– Cook both sides until it is golden brown.
- Mango Dates Smoothie with Coconut Milk
– Deseed the dates and soak for 10 minutes.
– Cut the mangoes into cubes.
– Transfer the soaked dates and cubed mangoes into a blender and blend it until it is smooth.
– Add coconut milk and blend again.
– Pour it into a glass to serve.