Families need to know how to make soya beans powder for infants at home from scratch. With a rising need for more foods with complete proteins that are dairy free, more children are being fed with soya beans.
- They are accessible
- Locally grown and
- Highly nutritious.
Does Soybean Have Any Health Benefits?
- It’s a rich source of protein (essential amino acids). The protein content is equivalent to that from animal sources. This makes it very important for vegetarians and undernourished children in underserved areas.
- It’s high in fibre. This property makes it good for preventing constipation, lowering cholesterol and controlling blood sugar for people with diabetes.
However, poor processing can lead to indigestion, intolerances or worse. It is important to ensure that the soyabeans powder being used is produced by a trusted brand or made at home in the proper way.
Here is a simple recipe for processing soya beans powder at home that ensures your child gets the full benefits of the legume.
How To Make Soya beans Powder
- Soaking- Soak raw soybeans in clean water for 3-4 days. Replace the water every 48hours. This process is known as fermentation. Fermentation helps introduce probiotics into the legume, as well as increases the legume’s nutritional value. It also makes the soy easier to digest.
- Drying- Sieve the soybeans then airdry till all moisture is gone.
- Frying or Roasting-Fry without oil or Roast the soyabeans on medium heat till cooked through. The soyabeans would release their own oil to prevent the legume from burning.
- Milling-Once completely cooled, mill the soyabeans into powder and stored in an airtight container.
How Do I Use Soya Bean Powder ?
You can add soybeans powder directly to meals such as pap when processed this way. Alternatively, you can use it to make soya milk for an infant 6 months and above. Soya bean powder is also a component of Tom Brown. Pap and Tom Brown are two staples used to wean babies off breast milk, as well as encourage weight gain in malnourished children.
This method of processing soyabeans powder ensures easier digestion and reduces the risk of any child eating raw or undercooked soya beans .
She is a certified Nutritionist with a Bsc in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, USA.
Ifeyinwa consults at various hospitals for children of all ages. There she treats medical and dietary ailments. She creates and introduces innovative recipes. They are designed to improve a child’s diet based on their diagnosis, physical activity and age requirements. Her experience ranges from picky-eaters to the management of genetic and chronic diseases.
She co-founded the PEDS Nutrition Challenge. The challenge is an online platform that educates parents on the importance of proper nutrition, effective feeding techniques and must-have skills. It’s designed to help parents introduce their children to a variety of wholesome meals between the ages of 6 months-6 years.