Buckwheat

Buckwheat flakes

Buckwheat is a little-known superfood, which like quinoa is actually a seed rather than a grain. It is however used like a grain and is more nutritious than a seed. Because of its protein content it is lower on the glycaemic scale than rice, corn or wheat, meaning that it promotes balanced blood sugar and thus energy. It is also far less likely to provoke an allergy, all of which make it the perfect superfood for babies and children. Buckwheat is high in important proteins and amino acids and contains no gluten, it is therefore safe for people with gluten allergy or celiac disease, or for those who just wish to follow a low gluten diet for health reasons.

Tips and Tricks

Buckwheat cooks very quickly, and while many babies and children love the taste of buckwheat, not all will initially like the texture. If your little one is going through a quirky phase with “bits” like rice and buckwheat, you can try stirring in a smoother texture like yogurt or a tomato-based sauce, depending on what you are eating. Some will say that you should never “disguise” foods to get your children to eat them – we disagree. We believe that the most important thing is that you find a way to get your children to eat nutritious foods. As long as you do not actually force them to eat, we don’t think that encouraging them with little tricks will do any harm, and by the time the food fad has passed they will already be accustomed to the taste.

A great way to include buckwheat in a baby’s diet is by giving him buckwheat flakes as porridge. You can buy buckwheat flakes from most supermarkets and health shops and add some grated fruit or berries for a quick, nutritious breakfast. Click below for recipes!

Fun facts to share with your children

Buckwheat has nourished man since the eighth millennium BC.

Buckwheat can be cultivated in very cold areas and is grown on the edges of the Tibetan plateau (look it up on the map!).

Buckwheat is is actually a seed rather than a grain, and is related to the rhubarb family.

Seasonal eating

Buckwheat is usually planted in late summer and is best eaten during the autumn, as it takes two months to harvest.

Recipe links
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